Brewing coffee at home doesn’t need to be difficult, and with the right techniques, your homebrew can be just as delicious as the coffees served in our cafes. Follow these 11 simple tips, and you’ll be on your way to improving your home-brewed coffee!
1.Use fresh, whole bean coffee
The presence of aromatic compounds in roasted coffee beans is a big part of how coffee tastes and smells so delicious and complex. These compounds start to escape from the beans as soon as they are roasted. a process called degassing you can add a lot of flavor to them! These compounds can disappear in as little as 8 days. You will notice a decrease in flavor and stale coffee. This can be accelerated by grinding coffee. Exposing more of the bean to the air allows for more compounds to escape.
You can get the best flavor out of your coffee by using fresh coffee beans and grinding them right before you brew. Take a look at these tips: coffee subscription service enjoys freshly roasted coffee delivered straight to your doorstep All Caffe Luxxe coffees are shipped directly from the Los Angeles roastery.
2.Use a Scale
We all know the rule that 2 tablespoons of coffee should be used for every 6 oz of water. While this recipe and similar ones can be used to make coffee machine, they don’t have the precision required to get the best results. There can be a large difference in the size and density of different coffees, so a tablespoon might weigh more than a tablespoon. A scale allows you to measure weight instead of volume, which makes it easy to know how much coffee is in your cup.
3. Make sure you are getting the right amount of coffee
How strong or weak your cup of coffee is will depend on how much coffee you use and how much water you use. The stronger the cup, the more you use coffee. And the less you use coffee, the weaker it will be. How do you determine how much coffee you should be drinking?
It is best to consider it as a ratio of the amount of coffee used and the amount of water used. Our House Blend uses a ratio between 35 grams of coffee and 400 grams of water. This helps to enhance its chocolate sweetness and silky texture. For Single Origins, we recommend a ratio of around 1:14. This allows us to emphasize the delicate flavors and acidity.
4. Use a Burr Grinder
A grinder is a key tool in coffee brewing. The size of the coffee grounds determines how fast flavors are extracted from the beans. Smaller particles extract more quickly than larger ones. You want your coffee grounds to be roughly the same size so that all the particles brew at a consistent rate. You have more control over how your coffee is brewed by being able to control its exact size. Burr grinders allow you to do just that. They make it easy to produce the exact grind size every time. The Handground Precision Grinder is our favorite home grinder. It has 15 different grind settings that allow you to consistently grind the right size for your brew.
5. Сoffee is brewed to the correct size
To make great coffee, different brewing methods will require different grind sizes. How do you tell if your coffee is brewed to the correct size? Two simple ways to determine if you’re using the right size are time and taste. Our pour-over recipes aim to have the coffee brewed in three and a quarter minutes. If the coffee is brewed too fast, it could be a sign that the grind was too fine. It is possible that the grind was too fine if it brews too slowly. If the coffee tastes too acidic or sour, it is usually due to too coarse grinding. If it tastes bitter, it is likely that the grind was too fine. Espresso requires a fine grind. Pour-overs and AeroPress require medium grinds, while French Presses require coarse grinds. You can make great coffee at home by adjusting your grind settings to suit your taste and time. Our Brew Guides will help you learn more about the settings that we use in our coffees.
6. Filtered water is best
Did you know that 98.5% of coffee is made from water? The quality and taste you get from your water can make a big difference in the flavor of your coffee. Your coffee will taste bad if the water you use has strange smells or tastes. Purified water is the best thing you can do to your morning coffee. Some places have tap water that is safe to use for brewing. However, in most cases, water should be filtered at home using a Brita filter or bottled water. Use distilled water if you use bottled water. Even though it is technically the best water, coffee still needs some minerals to be brewed properly.
7. Check that your water is at the right temperature
The ideal temperature for extracting the best flavor from your coffee is between 195 and 205 degrees F. Coffee brewed below 195°F will not yield the same pleasant acidity and distinctive flavors that we love in coffee. However, coffee brewed above 205°F will produce more bitter flavors. The sweet spot is the best way to bring out the sweetness and complexity of the coffees, without extracting bitter flavors.
A thermometer is great for checking the temperature, and the Fellow Stagg kettle has one as well. However, water that is 30-60 seconds from boiling is usually within the recommended range.
You want to ensure that the temperature of your coffee touches is at least the same temperature as your brewing temperature before you start brewing it. You must do this because your brewing device can steal heat from the water and lower the temperature of the coffee. You’ll want to make sure that your water doesn’t get too cold during your brew.
When brewing a pour-over, be sure to prepare the filter by soaking it in hot water, and then letting it drain. This not only brings the coffee to the right temperature but also removes any paper flavors that might otherwise end up in your coffee.
9. Bloom Your Coffee
It is possible to notice that coffee bubbles up when you pour water over the grounds. This happens especially with freshly roasted coffee. The bloom is caused by CO 2, a naturally occurring byproduct of roasting. It is forced from the coffee. The bloom is an important stage in the brewing process. Because CO 2 can cause a reduction in coffee’s ability to extract water from the ground coffee, and this can adversely affect the quality of your brew. The first step in the brewing process is to add water. Wait about 30 seconds until the coffee blooms before adding more water. Ex. If you use 35 grams of coffee for bloom, you will need 70 grams of water.
10. Your coffee should be fully saturated
You want to ensure that all ground coffee has been in contact with the water for the same time when brewing coffee. Although it might seem that the coffee has been fully steamed when it is added to the French press or pour-over, you may still find some dry spots. To ensure that your coffee is fully soaked, give it a quick stir after adding water to the bloom phase.
Experimenting with different brewing methods for different coffees is part of the joy of brewing coffee! While you may be familiar with the Bee House Dripper, do you know how much better it tastes? Have you tried an AeroPress or French Press? Perhaps you love our House Blend because of its chocolate and floral notes. Have you ever tried one of our Single Origins? Try adding a few more grams to your morning coffee and tasting the difference. There are many ways to experiment with coffee. Each one will provide you with a bit more insight into your taste and how to make it better.