If you are going to be making good coffee at home there are a few things that you should keep in mind to make the brewing better.
After the coffee beans have been roasted it is vital to keep track of the time since they were roasted as they will start to lose flavour after about two weeks.
When you are using pre ground coffee, keep in mind that the freshness of the coffee is sealed inside the bag and when you open the bag the coffee will maintain its best flavor for only a week when stored properly.
It is recommended to have aa good grinder for most of the methods in this guide. The burr grinder gives you the control you need to get the ground the way you like it. Get good scales as well so you can measure out exactly the right amount of ground needed to make that perfect cup of coffee.
To avoid getting odd flavours from chemicals and minerals in your coffee, the best practice when making coffee is to use a water filter. The optimal water temperature should between 195 °F to 205 °F. If the water is to hot it can scorch the ground and if it´s not hot enough it won’t extract the flavors and the brew will be weak.
A method to get the right temperature is to bring the water to a boil and let it sit for about 30 seconds off the heat before you brew the coffee.
When pouring the hot water over the grounds it´s good to use a gooseneck kettle as they give you better control over pouring.
There are different sizes of grinds used for different kinds of coffee. When you use course grounds the flavors are extracted more slowly, resulting in a mellow taste. Flavor is extracted more quickly from finer grinds giving you a stronger and perhaps a bitter flavour.
Burr grinders often come with a guide on how fine or coarse you should grind your coffee beans depending on the brewing method.
Some coffee makers work better if they are primed. You simply pour hot water over the filter and into the coffee maker itself.
A rule of thumb to get a strong cup of coffee is to use two tablespoons of coffee for each cup of water. There can be some exceptions to this rule, for example when making Turkish coffee or espresso.
This method of making coffee is one of the easiest ways to brew a pot of coffee and coffee can be quite good when using this method if you observe certain methods while making the coffee. When making coffee with a drip coffee maker you can expect the brew to be ready in 4 to 15 minutes all depending on how many cups you are making.
The best grind for this type of coffee is fine to medium.
1. Grind your favorite coffee to a fine-medium size.
2. All drip coffee maker have a filter basket where you place you paper filter.
3. Rule of thumb is to add one tablespoon of coffee for every cup of water, the cup measuring about 6oz.
4. Add cold water to the water reservoir, 6oz for every cup you are going to make.
6. Press the start button to begin brewing.
Making your coffee better
If for some reason you have not been happy with the results making coffee with your drip maker you can try the following.
1. Get yourself a good quality Burr grinder.
2. Instead of using a spoon to measure the coffee into the filter use a gram scale. A good measure is to use 15 grams of coffee for every 225 grams of water.
3. It is better to use a thermal carafe instead of the class one on the hot plate. When you use the hot plate of the coffee maker the coffee will turn bitter after a short while.