How To Make The Perfect Cup Of Coffee?

The right preparation of coffee is an art in itself. How fine is the coffee to be ground, and what amount of coffee is the right one? Should you use a different coffee for the espresso machine than for coffee brewing with a filter?

We explain step by step how to make perfect coffee with any machine.

How to brew the perfect coffee on a filter machine

Proper preparation of filter coffee

The classic coffee machine can easily brew larger quantities of coffee. There are many different suitable coffee varieties.

The coffee machine is still the classic for our filter coffee. With the coffee machine, you can quickly make larger quantities of coffee, and with the wide selection of filter coffee types, you can choose from many different aromas from the most beautiful places in the world.

We give you good advice on what to pay attention to when brewing perfect filter coffee.

Step 1: The filter machine – preparation

Fill with clean water

The quality of the water has a great influence on the taste of the coffee. The softer the water, the more prominent becomes the acid of the coffee, while hard water rather neutralizes the fruit acid in the coffee.

It is best to unfold the full coffee aroma in 100% Tchibo Arabica if pure medium-hard water is used.

Step 2: The filter machine – the correct grinding degree

How fine is the coffee to be grinded?

The aroma of the coffee is enclosed within each coffee bean. It is only when the beans are ground that these flavors are released. The degree of grinding has a significant influence on the taste. By the wrong degree of grinding, the coffee may become thin and sour, or the taste may become too strong and bitter.

For a filter machine, the coffee should be as freshly ground as possible and the degree of grinding should be medium.

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Step 3: Filter Machine – Coffee Amount

How much coffee should be filled in the filter?

The more coffee is filled into the filter for each cup, the stronger the coffee becomes. A normal measuring spoon for coffee contains 7 g of ground coffee. That’s about the right amount for 125 ml of medium-strength coffee. If you want it stronger, use 8 g per day. cup.

Did you know?
1 lightly topped tablespoon of ground coffee equals 7-9 g
1 lightly topped teaspoon of ground coffee equals 3-4 g

Step 4: The filter machine – coffee brewing

Good filtration gives the best aroma

Moisten the coffee filter a little before putting it into the funnel. The desired amount of ground coffee is then filled into the filter and the machine is switched on.

Did you know?
You can see that the coffee is fresh by the surface vaulting into a crust as the water flows into the filter. The reason is that fresh coffee contains a lot of CO2, which forms small bubbles when it comes into contact with water.

How to make the perfect espresso on an espresso machine.

Espressomachine best in test

The espresso machine calls the barista into you. Here it is the perfect grinding and optimum pressure that it depends on. Result: perfect taste as in an espresso bar.

The espresso machine is the ideal preparation method for those who love the Italian coffee specialties such as caffé crema and espresso.

To achieve the same enjoyment as in the coffee shop, the correct pressure is approx. 9 bar of vital importance on an espresso machine. When cooking under pressure, the characteristic cream of espresso and caffé crema is formed.

Step 1: Espresso machine – preparation

Patience pays off

An espresso machine is nothing for those in a hurry. Here, the preparation of coffee becomes a rather time-consuming ceremony, though, if one is a true lover of real coffee performance. Patience is rewarded with an espresso or caffè crema as in beautiful Italy.

An espresso machine needs to be turned on a few minutes in advance to heat the water for the coffee. Then insert the empty filter holder and allow the hot water to run through at once to preheat the filter holder for the coffee making. Preheating the cups is also a good idea.

The built-in cup heater on many espresso machines is very suitable for heating cups. You can also rinse the cups with hot water before pouring the coffee.

Step 2: The espresso machine – the correct grinding degree

Finely ground

On an espresso machine, the water is pressed through the ground coffee into the filter holder at high pressure. Due to the short time when the coffee is in contact with the water, the coffee must be ground very fine. If you are painting your coffee yourself, then the coffee grinder must stand on the finest steps.

Did you know?
If the coffee is too coarse, the water will flow too quickly and the espresso will become too thin.
If the coffee is painted too fine or it is tamped too hard, the water runs too slowly and the espresso becomes bitter.

Step 3: The espresso machine – the amount of coffee

How much coffee should be filled in the filter holder?

For the classic “single shot”, ie for a single espresso, approx. 8 g of ground coffee. If you want to make 2 cups of espresso at a brew, then approx. 16 g.
If you like your espresso or caffè crema very strong, you can also make a single shot with 16 g of ground coffee.
A good tip: Try different amounts of ground coffee to find the right dosage for you.

Did you know?
1 lightly topped tablespoon of ground coffee equals 7-9 g
1 lightly topped teaspoon of ground coffee equals 3-4 g

Step 4: The Espresso Machine – Preparation

From tamping to clamping

Pour the ground coffee into the filter holder and evenly distribute it, smoothing it with your fingers or tapping the filter holder lightly against the countertop.

When the surface of the ground coffee is completely even, the tamper is used to press the coffee at a fixed pressure (about 15-20 kg).

Then strain the filter holder into the machine and start brewing. After approx. 20 to 25 seconds, the espresso beam becomes light (“blonde”). Now you should end the bottling because all the flavorings have been extracted from the ground coffee. The longer the water is then allowed to run through, the more water becomes the espresso.

Percolator

Percolator

The espresso cup stands for the typical Italian way of making coffee – pure espresso. But here too, there are some things to be aware of.

Espresso as in Italy!

How to get perfect coffee in an espresso jug

The classic coffee brew: The typical espresso pot has cult status and is a ‘must’ in any Italian household.

On the espresso pot, the boiling water is pressed from below through the sieve and the espresso is collected in the upper container. As the pressure is lower than on an espresso machine with a filter container, crema is hardly formed in an espresso jar.

Step 1: Espresso jar – preparation

Fill the espresso jar with hot water

Before placing the espresso cup on the stove, fill the lower part with water up to the lower edge of the pressure relief valve.

Tip: Fill hot or hot water to preheat the espresso jar and to avoid overheating the entire pot on the stove, as the coffee can quickly become bitter and have a metallic taste.

Step 2: Espresso jug – the correct grinding

A medium grinding of the coffee is perfect

The coffee must be ground somewhat coarser for brewing in an espresso jar than for an espresso machine. The optimum grinding degree is an intermediate between the very finely ground coffee for espresso machines and the coarsely ground coffee for piston jugs.

Step 3: Espresso cup – coffee quantity

How Much Coffee Is Used for the Espresso Pot?

The measurement of the right amount of coffee for the espresso pot is very simple: Fill the coffee filter so much that it is completely filled.

It is recommended to press the coffee lightly into the filter with your fingers. But just press lightly. Do not use tamper.

Step 4: The Espresso Pot – The Coffee Brew

All the good comes from below

Screw the top and bottom of the espresso cup together and place it on the hob. It should be set over medium heat. Excessive heat burns the coffee and gives a bitter aftertaste.

As soon as the water boils, it is pressed through the ground coffee – the finished espresso is collected in the top of the pot.
Remove the pot from the stove as soon as the coffee only comes out with a hissing sound.

Did you know?
That it is important to take the pot off the stove at the right moment. The aroma of the coffee is released as soon as the water rises. That there may be bitter substances that reduce the coffee performance when the water is running through.

Coffee Press

piston jug coffee

With a piston jug ​​becomes the preparation of filter coffee for handwork. What matters here is the degree of grinding of the coffee and the withdrawal time.

How to make the perfect coffee in a French Press

Coffee brewing in piston jugs (French Presses) has been one of the most popular ways of making coffee for many decades. A piston jug ​​is very easy to use, it does not need any power or filter, and it is also quick to clean. Since, unlike the paper filter, the sieve pot does not filter out the oils in the coffee, the coffee retains its full flavor.

To use a piston correctly:

Step 1: French Press – preparation

Preheat the pot & bring the water to a boil

Before using the French Press, it is a good idea to rinse the jug with hot water, after which the coffee stays warm for a long time.

Then bring the water to a boil. Let it stand for a moment. The optimum temperature when the water is poured over the coffee is 95 ° degrees. It is best to unfold the full coffee aroma in 100% Tchibo Arabica if pure medium-hard water is used.

Step 2: French Press – the correct degree of grinding

For the French Press, the coffee must be coarse.

Coffee, prepared in a French Press, tastes full and nuanced as the water has been in contact with the ground coffee for a relatively long time. It is important to use coarse ground coffee in order for all the valuable substances in the coffee to be extracted uniformly. The ideal degree of grinding is achieved when the ground coffee has the same consistency as coarse sea salt.

Step 3: French Press – coffee quantity

How much coffee is left in the French Press?

A good tip: Use approx. 60 g of ground coffee for 1 liter of water – this corresponds to 8-9 tablespoons of the top. Thus, for a cup with 140 ml, approx. 13 g of ground coffee. This gives the piston coffee more flavor and flavor.

Did you know?
1 lightly topped tablespoon of ground coffee equals 7-9 g
1 lightly topped teaspoon of ground coffee equals 3-4 g

Step 4: French Press – preparation

Press lightly

Put the coarsely ground coffee in the piston itself and pour part of the water over. Then stir in the coffee with a spoon until a golden foam arises.

Then fill the jug with water to the mark. Let the coffee last for 2 to 4 minutes, depending on how strong you want it. You may want to stir it once in a while. Then put the lid on and slowly press the piston down.

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How To Make Coffee With A French Press

A few final words.

I hope this article helped you answer a few of the questions you might have, about coffee preparation, whether your interested in brewing ordinary filter coffee or something more exotic such as an espresso.

There is room for all types of coffee, and i hope you will try them all when the mood suits you.

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