4 tips to make better coffee at home
He gets out of bed, inserts the filter into his coffee maker, scoops out some ground coffee, adds some water, and waits in a daze until his coffee is ready. The caffeine starts to wake you up, but some days your coffee is watery and weak, while other days it’s overdrawn and bitter.
Well you’re in luck! You don’t have to leave home to enjoy a blast of fine coffee at the expert barista level. Enhance your homemade beverage with these helpful coffee-making tips.
How to make good coffee at home
Ready to improve your brew and transform your morning cup of coffee into a complex and flavorful dose of coffee goodness? These are the best practical ways to improve your homemade coffee.
Start with the best coffee
There are three different ways you can improve your coffee game:
- Choose the best coffee beans, plain and simple. Research various roasters and select beans that are sourced from the world’s best coffee regions in an ethical and transparent manner. We believe that buying from the best farms and small farms leads to the best coffee. In our quest for the best coffees in the world, we use only the top 1% Arabica beans found at altitudes up to 6,000 feet, resulting in a more concentrated flavor.
- Second, make the leap from ground coffee to whole beans. The essential oils within the coffee bean contain the nuances of the coffee flavor, and when you don’t grind the beans directly before brewing, you will lose the oils as they evaporate quickly.
- Third, use fresh coffee beans. Coffee does not age like wine: After roasting coffee beans, the flavor profile and chemical structures break down over time. If you order a bag of coffee or buy one from the store, try to use it all in a few weeks, rather than storing a half-used bag in the back of the pantry for months.
Use a scale
Perfecting your water to coffee ratio is next to impossible if you are simply scooping it up and “peeking” at it. All coffee varies in density based on origin and roast profile, so instead of measuring your coffee in teaspoons, buy a simple scale that will make your measurements accurate. Perform your ratio experiments with the confidence of a balance to find the exact combination that will delight your palate.
Try different brewing methods
Who says a coffee maker is the best method of making coffee? There are many affordable devices on the market that make an impressive cup of coffee in minutes, many of which are preferred by baristas and coffee addicts around the world.
Filter your water
Here’s a fact that may surprise you: your cup of coffee is actually 98-99% water, which means that water is the most important ingredient in your coffee mathematically. Tap water in Australia often tastes or smells of chlorine, rust, or lime. Those impurities will certainly compromise the quality of your coffee, so for a truly pure coffee experience, invest in a water filter that can remove impurities and contaminants that affect the taste of your water.
Don’t settle for a cup of “blah” coffee. Update your techniques, coffee beans and equipment for a transcendent coffee experience every morning. And hey, even if it’s not big, your coffee will taste great!