Coffee is being enjoyed in many homes all over the world. It is refreshing, energizing, contains health benefits and it’s something to look forward each morning, with breakfast, as a traveling companion to work, or as a way of warming up on a cold day.
Making a good pot of coffee may seem like a very easy task, but I like to tell you that there are a lot of factors to consider while preparing it.
The greatest factor that makes a difference when making a cup of coffee is the quality beans used to brew the coffee. Next, it’s your equipment that makes a difference as part of the preparation; good equipment will ensure that the output of your brew has the best coffee extraction.
Using a coffee maker will simplify your coffee brewing for you, serving friends, guests, or family members. If you are preparing more than one round of coffee, you should always clean your equipment after each round from contamination and freshness
Brewing the Coffee
1. Select How Much Coffee You Want to Make
The standard volume of a small cup is about 180ml. This is small when compared to what is being served at cafés or fast food restaurants. If you want to start your day with coffee, you will need a few ingredients to prepare the size you want.
You will need to make an estimate of the amount of coffee you need. Take a count of the average coffee per person and use this in making your estimate. Ratios are very important in coffee brewing.
-If you are planning to make a medium cup of coffee, you will need to brew about 240ml. This is similar to most places that serve coffee. Most mugs in the US are this size
-If you want a large cup of coffee, then you will need to brew about 300ml of coffee per cup.
-When using the coffee machine, you can read the measurement guidelines. Most coffee makers have a measurement scale on them; this will help you know the precise amount of coffee you are making.
2. Add Filtered Water to the Reservoir on the Coffee Maker
The coffee reservoir is a transparent plastic container that is usually placed by the side of the machine or on top of it. This reservoir has a lid cover and to fill it with water, you have to open the lid to do so. Make sure you are using filtered water
An average coffee maker reservoir has a volume of 1300ml. The volume of the reservoir can vary from machine to machine, so there is every possibility that the size of yours is different. You can measure the volume of yours by using a measuring cup to calibrate the reservoir
3. Place a Filter inside the Machine over the drip Coffee Pot
There is a holster in front of the coffee maker; place your coffee pot in it. Open the cover of the pot; there should be a cavity that leads to the inner part of the cup. You are to place the filter paper in the space with it facing up.
-The filter paper should fit perfectly into space; most coffee makers use round filters. The filter paper is usually 20cm in diameter
-You don’t need to pour water inside the filter to make it flow; you can carry this process out if you want to. Many baristas believe that pouring water inside the filter paper first will result in a better coffee brew.
4. Pour Coffee Grounds into the Filter and Close the Machine
As I mentioned earlier, a standard cup of coffee will need about 180ml of filtered water. If you use coffee beans, you must to grind them first if you use a pout-over coffee maker. Then you need to add the ground coffee inside the filter paper.
-Use this as the standard; if you will be preparing 1300ml of coffee, you will need 16 teaspoons of coffee
-If you want a stronger coffee, then you need to increase the number of teaspoons of ground coffee, and if you want a less concentrated coffee, use fewer coffee grounds.
You can first make a small cup of coffee to see the results. After tasting it, you can then adjust the amount of coffee you want to use.
5. Press the Start Button and Wait for Up to 12 Minutes
After filling the filter with coffee powder, you have to push the start button for the coffee to start brewing.
A normal coffee maker takes 5 minutes to brew a cup of coffee; it will take longer for higher amounts of coffee. Once your coffee maker heats the water, you will start seeing the coffee drip out.
-You should remember that if you are not using a machine to brew your coffee, you will need to pour hot water yourself. And you will need to wait for about 4 to 5 minutes.
6. Serve and Enjoy the Coffee While it is Hot
If you are not serving it right away, you can keep the coffee in a carafe. This will keep the coffee warm for about 45 minutes.
Using the Right Beans
1. Choose Arabica Beans for a More Flavored Cup of Coffee
There are 2 types of coffee beans you can use; Arabica and Robusta beans. Arabica coffee is the best and the highest quality, and it’s less bitter.
-The taste of the coffee does not depend on the type of beans only; the way they are grown also matters. Don’t be surprised if you end up liking Robusta beans which forms that nice crema on top of an espresso coffee
-Robusta coffee has more caffeine and hence gives the coffee a more bitter taste. Sometimes different types of coffee requires a good blend or mix of Arabica and Robusta beans.
2. Pick a Country of Origin According to Your Taste Preference
Coffee is being enjoyed all over the world and the beans are grown all over as well. These coffee beans from different parts of the world taste different from each other due to the different environments they grow in. Coffee lovers try out different beans and which one fits them best.
- The coffee from Africa is often concentrated, has a Robust taste, and it’s compared to grapes
- The coffee from South America has a very sweet taste and people compare it to chocolate
- Brazil and Columbia are known for growing large quantity of quality coffee beans.
- Coffee grown in Hawaii and Asia are of higher quality, and the taste is sweet and compared to flowers.
3. Select a Lighter or Darker Roast which Differs in Flavor and Aroma
All the coffee that we currently use has been roasted. The black-looking one has been roasted for a long time while the light one was only roasted for a short period. The dark beans taste more like roast while the light beans taste like lighter coffee.
- Dark-looking coffee means it was roasted for longer periods of time, and it tastes stronger, and its more bitter
- Medium or light roast coffee had the beans roasted for a short period. This coffee is sweeter and lighter in strength and flavor.
4. Use Coffee within One Month of the Roast Package Date
Once the coffee has been roasted, it begins to lose its flavor quickly over time because of oxidation. It’s always best to grind enough coffee for one week of brewing and store the coffee grind and beans in coffee canisters for freshness.
5. Store Beans in a Sealed Container Away from Sunlight
Things like light, air, water, heat, and light, will alter the taste of the coffee. So storing your coffee is a critical component to keep coffee fresh for better taste, and flavor.
6. Select a Grind Size if You Are Using Grounds
If you are preparing the coffee from scratch, then you will need to grind it to a particular size, which depends on the type of coffee maker you are using.
For a drip type of coffee maker, it is advisable to use medium coarseness. Each coffee maker provides clear instructions for grinding coarseness.
Choosing Quality Water and Equipment
1. Drip Machine as an Automatic Coffee Maker
The easiest way to make coffee is to use the drip machine; you just put all the ingredients, and it does the rest for you. You need less effort when using it.
2. Get an Espresso if You Want a Quicker and Better Tasting Coffee
If you want to make coffee faster, you can buy an espresso coffee maker that fits most budgets. It’s one of the fastest ways to make coffee. Espresso machines are single-serve coffee makers.
When you use good quality beans or high-end capsules, your coffee will come out great and you will taste the difference.
3. Pick Paper Filters that Fit the Coffee Maker
There are different types of filter paper; the bleached, and the unbleached. Many people believe that bleached filters produce good coffee, but in reality, they both produce good coffee. Go for the least cost paper filters.
4. Use Fresh or Filtered Water
Filtered water is the best type of water to use for coffee brewing. You can also use tap water, but it usually has minerals which alter the taste of the coffee. It helps if you install an inexpensive water filter at home.
Cleaning Your Equipment
- Rinse the coffee pot with soap and water after each use so there is no contamination for the next use
- Brush coffee grounds out of the grinder after using it. It prolongs the life of the grinder if kept clean
- Wash out the coffee maker with vinegar once a week.
A cup of Joe is a very refreshing and invigorating beverage to sip in the morning. But to get that great taste, there are many factors involved as I previously explained.
If you follow the methods that have been listed above, you will be able to make coffee with great flavor, and taste every time. Happy sipping!
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