It’s the coffee maker's dream: making the most perfect cup of coffee for your family and friends for virtually any occasion.
However, coffee making can be quite a tedious and nuanced process for those who aren’t equipped to handle it the right way. So before you go into your next roast, we’ve decided to give you some pointers to keep you on your game in 2022.
Here is some information from our industry knowledge on how you can achieve this for your next morning roast.
Purchase fresh beans
Fresh coffee beans by GSFC Photo Club via Flikr.
It is almost universally known that coffee is best when served within mere days of roasting. To obtain the freshest beans, you’d be wise to peruse your local grocery store. Please note to proceed with caution when buying in bulk from large supermarket chains. Next, make sure to refrain from subjecting your newly purchased beans from too much bright light or oxygen—these can effectively detract from the overall flavor.
Stow your newly purchased coffee beans to keep them fresh
Coffee beans in storage by pixel2013 via Pixnio.
Using an airtight container, store both of your new and old coffee beans on a consistent basis. In other words, the days of stowing your coffee beans in the refrigerator are long over. By doing the latter, your beans will swiftly take in moisture and miscellaneous, unwanted food odors—thereby tainting the purity of your coffee beans. This is especially true for dark roasts; so make sure to keep yours at room temperature in five to seven-day increments.
Always consider your budget when buying new coffee beans
Coffee beans by Harald Hoyer via Wikimedia Commons.
While there can sometimes be a sort of elitist stigma associated with the average coffee drinker, the reality is that it is beneficial for all budget types. For starters, try starting with specialty coffees that explicitly state the country and origin on the label. Two of the major coffee beans on the market are Arabica and Robusta. If you are searching for the former, then you should know these are typically considered one of the best products out there with a variety of flavors. For the latter, these tend to pack more flavor; but these are also the more pricier option, too.
Use quality water
Water poured into a cup of coffee by Kaffeetastisch via Pixabay.
There are plenty of items and contaminants out there that can ruin a perfectly good cup of coffee. However, water is one of the most salient examples of those. If you consider yourself a seasoned veteran in the coffee roasting scene, then make sure to use bottled spring water or activated charcoal/carbon filters on your tap water source. One final disclaimer on water quality for your coffee roasting needs: make sure to abstain from using softened or distilled water, which can substantially detract from your morning joe.
Avoid using cheap filters
A single-serve coffee filter by holycalamity via Wikimedia Commons.
While this can go without saying, many coffee make the mistake of overlooking the filter-buying process. For example, if you opt for a bargain-priced filter, this can yield inferior coffee. Instead, you should look to invest in a long-lived gold-plated filter like SwissGold.