Just like tea or wine, coffee is a beverage whose subtle flavor is defined more by the finer aspects of preparation rather than the main ingredient itself. Brewing the perfect cup of coffee is an art that is based on four basic fundamentals. These fundamentals are Proportion, Grind, Water and Freshness.
Here is a brief look at the above-mentioned basics of brewing the perfect cup of coffee:
When it comes to brewing a great cup of coffee, the ratio between the water and the coffee is a very important factor in deciding the taste. Ideally, there should be exactly 6 ounces of water for every 2 tablespoons of coffee, not more not less. If you have more than 6 ounces of water per 2 tablespoons of coffee then the brew will be weak and if you have less water, the taste will become bitter. Vice-versa, less than the said amount of coffee will result in a weak brew and too much will make it too strong.
Often, the type of grind you use for your coffee depends on the type of coffee maker you use to brew your coffee. For instance, if you brew your coffee with an espresso machine, a Fine grind is recommended whereas in the case of Coffee Presses a Course grind is required. Similarly you should opt for a Medium grind if you use an automatic drip coffee maker to brew your daily cup.
The water you use for brewing your coffee is also a very important factor in determining the taste. As far as possible it is recommended that you use clean and fresh water rather than tap water which has a lot of chemical additives to make it safe. Some people prefer to use bottled water but that may prove to be a tad bit too expensive for most of us. One cost effective solution maybe to purchase inexpensive water filters or water filtration pitchers to get fresh water for brewing coffee.
Apart from using fresh and clean water for making the perfect cup of coffee, it’s also important to brew the coffee in water that is neither too hot nor to cold. Ideally, the water should be heated to around 190 degrees Fahrenheit which is just below boiling point. If the water is hotter than that, you risk overheating the grounds and spoiling the taste of your coffee and if the water is cooler than 190 degrees, the ground won’t release all the flavor molecules, thereby distorting the taste of the brew.
This one’s pretty obvious; if your coffee isn’t fresh, it won’t taste good. Once you open the bag, your coffee beans will stay fresh for a week and if you grind them, the freshness will last only for about two days. That’s why it’s best to store your coffee in an airtight container in order to keep it fresh for long. Also remember to never freeze your coffee no matter what other people say. Frozen coffee is highly susceptible to freezer burn and freezer burned coffee does not taste good!
To conclude, if you keep the aforementioned basic fundamentals in mind while preparing your cup of coffee, you can be rest assured it’s going to be just perfect!
Bradley Thornton loves his coffee and likes to share his knowledge on the subject. One thing he specialises in is single serve coffee. Find out more by visiting the Keurig coffee maker website where you can explore the different Keurig single serve coffe makers models such as the Keurig B70 coffee maker .