How to make a great coffee

Consider these tips for making a terrific cup of coffee. Coffee lovers do not want bitterness but desire a satisfying cup of coffee to start the day with a bang.

Fresh beans are a must for a great coffee. What do we mean by fresh? Coffee beans are best when used within about three days of roasting. Many suburbs and towns now have coffee shops specialising in roasting their own beans, and selling them to the public. But do not buy large quantities from open bins, as bright light and oxygen quickly destroy the flavour of roasted beans.

Unless the beans are in a vacuum-sealed packet, they should be stored in an airtight container, such as a glass jar. The beans should not be refrigerated, as they are porous and take up moisture and food odours. It is not recommended to freeze coffee beans as they lose flavour this way. So the best way to store the beans is at room temperature and only buy about 5 days’ supply at any one time.

Choosing good coffee is a must. It is possible to make a virtually continual study of specialty coffees depending upon their country of origin and the type of bean. Gourmet coffees are almost exclusively high-quality mild varieties of Arabica coffee.

Once it is ground, coffee starts losing quality. The best tasting coffee is made form beans that are ground just before brewing. There are many different brands of coffee mill available, from expensive burr mills, to electric grinders. Finer grinds tend to yield more flavour. Using good water is the next step. Filtered water that has no chlorine taste is essential. Do not use distilled or softened water, as the lack of minerals gives a poor taste.

The standard measure for coffee of a good strength is 2 level tablespoons per 6 ounce cup. The best brewing temperature is 200 degree F or 45 seconds off a full boil. Most importantly, do not reheat or boil coffee or keep it on any sort of heating element – this will make the coffee bitter.

Enjoy your perfectly prepared coffee.