Here Are 7 Tricks For making Good Coffee

7 coffee tricks

A Coffee hopper can easily be significantly improved.

Follow these tips and get some delicious coffee every day at home.

Coffee funnels, also known as pour over or filter coffee, have become one of the most popular methods in recent years. It is no wonder that the old method has had a revival – you can make some very clean and aromatic cups with the coffee funnel. It’s a simple method that produces amazing results. 

Whether you use Hario, Kalita or the lesser-known, but extremely effective Clever Dripper , there are a number of little tricks that can make your coffee even better.

In this article, we try to work out some misconceptions and come up with the best tips so you can get a good cup. It doesn’t have to be that hard to brew good coffee. And often it is the small details that make the difference between a really good cup and one that is more lukewarm in taste.

Here are 7 tricks that at zero comma five take your coffee brewing to a new level!

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1. Use gourmet water

The most important ingredient in good coffee is coffee, but the second most important ingredient is water. If possible, taste the water you brew coffee with. Does it taste good? Well then go ahead finally. But in all likelihood, you have no delicious coffee water where you live.

A lot of countries has water is full of lime. Including the area I live in – and it inhibits the taste. One easy way to avoid this problem is to use spring water. Find a real spring water and not a ‘tap water’, which is just on old water on new bottles like those which you will find in many super markets. Instead, use water that has been drained abroad. 

Alternatively, you can buy a filter pot that will ensure that your water gets the right profile. Once you’ve tasted the difference, you’re done with dull lime-water.

If you want to know more about water, read our water article where I focus more on the topic.

2. If you use a coffee funnel, wash your filter

If you drink filter coffee from a modern coffee hopper such as the Hario V60 (and maybe especially the Kalita Wave, whose filters are nicely perfumed!) You should wash your paper filter before use.

Rinse it thoroughly and thoroughly every time you want to make a cup of coffee. Preheat filter and cup with boiling water before brewing. Then the worst remnants of paper flavors are out of the cup and filter.

The same goes for coffee machines or Clever Dripper.

3. Freshly roasted beans mean everything!

This is a recurring theme on this blog. But only use beans that are less than two weeks old if you want to make good coffee. If you make espresso, it is best not to use beans that are completely freshly roasted. Here are 7 to 21 day old beans preferred. Otherwise, the crema will take over.

If you have doubts about whether your beans are completely fresh, it’s a good trick to keep an eye on ‘the bloom’ as you pre-infuse your beans in a coffee funnel. Beans toasted within the last five to seven days will ‘breathe’ and bubble up as you pour some water on them.

4. Use coffee suitable for brewing

Of course, this is self-evident, but all too often you see home baristas who use finely ground coffee for punch coffee and vice versa. Choose a coffee that suits your brewing style.

The same goes for roasting. Lightly roasted coffee tastes bad in an espresso jug . Use something darker than city ​​+ here. Everything above full city + also tastes too burnt in a modern coffee hopper like the V60.

An exception is if you want to make milk-based coffee drinks like latte or cortado . Then you can allow yourself to go a little darker than otherwise regardless of brewing method.

cloth filter for the V60

5. Weigh coffee and water

Most of us have a kitchen weight. Then use it instead of eye balling or measuring spoons. There is a big difference between what dark and light-roasted coffee weighs, for example. If you have a lot of different coffee cups at home, it will be even harder to hit the perfect blend without a weight when brewing coffee. So do not rely on your eye, but on the weight.

6. Serve good coffee in a range server

Many people brew their coffee funnel directly into a cup. But it’s a shame, because it gets much more delicious when brewing in a pitcher or a so-called range server . The reason there is a greater chance of serving good coffee in this way is that the coffee is mixed better. In addition, the drink can be served at the right temperature. Coffee is best when brewed between 92 and 94 degrees Celsius, but it is best enjoyed around 50-60 degrees. 

Therefore, you should drink a small cup and pour more often so that you get all the good coffee at the right temperature. Hario is good at design, and I recommend their range server, which is available in a variety of sizes. It holds the heat well, is elegant and fits perfectly with a coffee funnel like the V60.

7. Improve your math Skills

Okay, now it might get a little goofy. Why should a barista be good at calculating? 

There is actually a really good reason. If you want to master coffee brewing, then you should know different ratios and mixing conditions. You can easily do this by having a large number of tables in your head, so you can quickly find the perfect cup.

1:15 is a fairly standard mixing ratio. That is, 6.66 grams of coffee per 100 grams of water. So, if you have 20 grams of beans, use 300 grams of water. 15 grams of beans = 225 grams of water. 

What if a coffee is better at a stronger or weaker mixing ratio – for example 1:14 or 1:16? Then it is good to know its coffee table.

weight coffee beans and water

I hope you emjoyed this article, and learned a few new things, or minimum that you got something to think about.

elow I have added an Infographic where you can see the different brew times, Coffee in grams and lastly How much water. 

Hope it helps you on your way.

coffee to water ratio infographic