We all have our rituals when it comes to making morning cup of coffee and prepare it in different ways. Many of you have probably already found a good way to make a cup of coffee which suits your personal taste and preferences, but believe us you can always do it better! Doubt it? Well, read the following text, and you will discover an array of great suggestions and advice on how to make coffee taste good and unforgettable!
Making A Perfect Cup Of Coffee
If you are not a professional barista, you probably have some doubts when it comes to preparing coffee. Although it seems like such a simple and easy to grasp process, there are a lot of different things one should consider when striving to make a perfect cup of coffee. We have tried to group all these things into three main categories:
Finding The Coffee
In order to make a tasty cup of coffee, you need to use the best coffee on the market. Of course, our best choice will probably not be the same as yours as a lot depends on the personal taste you have developed. For this reason, we advise you to try as many different brands and varieties of coffee beans before you settle for the one brand or type and pronounce it your favorite.
Using high-quality coffee will certainly benefit you, but you must also make sure that it is always fresh as well. If you would use stale coffee, the end product would certainly not taste good so make sure that your coffee beans look and smell as they should. We do not recommend relying solely on the expiration date as coffee can go bad sooner if not stored properly which takes us to our final point – the proper storage.
We live in a busy world, and most of us do not have time to purchase a little bit of coffee every few days. Most likely you also find it more convenient to purchase enough coffee beans to last you a month and store them in your kitchen – at your disposal whenever the coffee addiction comes knocking on your door.
We have come across a couple of good advice to follow when storing your coffee beans:
• Do not refrigerate or freeze the coffee beans.
• Do not simply leave them in the bag.
• Use an air-tight container and keep it in a dry, cool place away from any heat sources.
• Always use dry utensils when taking the coffee out of the container.
• Do not store it for too long- even the best-kept coffee will go stale eventually!
Making Sure The Water Is Just Right
When you find your favorite coffee beans, it is time to start preparing your coffee, and you will need water to do that. However, if you are aiming for a perfect cup of coffee, you should not simply pour some tap water and be done with it, but rather use the water that will provide the best results.
It might sound trivial, but there is a few advice to follow when it comes to choosing the water you are going to use to make your coffee. First of all, the water needs to be cold. The cooler – the better! You should actually use the refrigerated water for best brewing results. If that is too much trouble for you, at least restrain from using warm water. And do not worry if you like your coffee hot, the coffee maker will warm it up to the perfect temperature regardless of how cold it is at the start of the process.
If you are boiling the water yourself, the temperature is quite important as well, and you should, therefore, invest in a reliable thermometer to measure it accurately. The perfect temperature range would be from 194 to 206 degrees Fahrenheit.
Coffee makers are usually designed to get the temperature right on their own; nonetheless we recommend that you check it from time to time and make sure that everything is working as it should be. Maybe you only need to adjust the settings, but sometimes you will have to replace the coffee maker too, especially if you do not settle for anything less than a perfectly balanced coffee!
For best results, avoid tap water altogether and rather use filtered one. Tap water is filled with taste-altering chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride. If you find this to be too much of a strain for your budget you can also buy a filter for your tap that will eliminate most of the chemicals out of the water before you use it to brew your coffee.
Using The Coffee Maker As You Should
Now that you have your favorite coffee and cold, filtered water both ready, we need to make sure that your coffee maker is up to the task as well. Most of all, it has to be clean as any stale coffee grounds or water residue will make your coffee taste sour. No one likes that, right?
To avoid such a scenario, clean your coffee maker regularly and thoroughly – it is as simple as that!
Make sure that your coffee maker is at its best. This means that you should do a trial run to make sure it heats up the water properly. This is often an issue with the traditional drip coffee makers which tend to achieve the perfect water temperature at their second or even third brew rather than right away.
It will not take a lot of time to simply run some plain water through the coffee maker before you get down to making your coffee- it will rinse any leftovers, bring the temperature up and most importantly make your coffee taste way better.
Adding Something Personal To Your Coffee- Delight Your Senses!
Now that you have learned how to make coffee taste good you can add some flavors to it and make it personal as well. We all add crème or milk to our coffee, but there are numerous other options when it comes to making your coffee taste exceptional. Here are our TOP SEVEN suggestions:
1. Vanilla Extract
If you like coffee cream you will like this option as well, just be careful not to overdo it – a few drops into your pot will be quite enough! Another great thing about substituting cream with vanilla extract is cutting down on calories!
Cinnamon is an easy and obvious choice. However, you might not be aware just how healthy for you this aromatic spice is! It has such a high antioxidant content that it will boost your immune system and help you feel energized and healthy at the same time. Simply add a cinnamon stick to your pot while you are brewing your coffee or a dash of ground cinnamon to your cup and enjoy the great taste and smell!
It might sound unusual, but salt can actually make your coffee taste better, especially when you add it to cold brew. Namely, salt softens or neutralizes the bitterness that can be overpowering for some people. You can add it directly to the grounds before brewing coffee you find too bitter for your taste!
If you are a fan of exotic tastes a bit of cardamom will make your coffee take you on a journey to the Middle East. This spice is similar to ginger and so healthy that it is an important part of Ayurvedic medicine. It improves your circulation and helps neutralize the stimulating effects of caffeine. To use it, simply add a pinch of ground cardamom into a cup of brewed coffee, or a couple of whole cardamom seeds to your beans before grinding them.
If you cannot get a hold of cardamom simply use ginger as the two are very similar. We all like gingerbread, so why not try ginger in our coffee too? It is especially interesting addition during the winter holidays! Add a couple of ginger slices or a tablespoon of ginger powder to your coffee grounds before you brew them, and that’s it!
Nutmeg will add a bit of sweetness to your morning cup of coffee but will also deliver a hint of earthiness to the taste as well. On the other hand, the delightful smell will take you over the moon! There is no specific measure; you add it sparely until you discover how much you need to get your taste buds rolling!
Lavender is another seasonal addition, but unlike winter-time ginger, it is more appropriate for the spring. It will give your coffee a floral taste and is best combined with bright, citrus brews. Add the lavender sparingly as well – too much of it will make your coffee taste soapy! Sprinkle just a bit of dried lavender onto your coffee beans before grinding and enjoy the springy flavor!
We hope that you now know not only how to make your coffee taste good, but also how to make it more interesting! We leave you to enjoy the new tastes and smells!