The definition of “perfect cup” of coffee is very personal for different individual. Whether you choose to brew your coffee in a single-cup brewer, an automatic coffee maker or a French press, keep in mind there are variables that can affect the quality of the coffee you make.
Have you ever curious why coffee from local coffee shop tastes better, reason are:-
– Beans were just ground
– Coffee is freshly brewed
– Milk was just steamed
– Coffee machine costs as much as the cost of your car
Well, it is not a good idea to have this fancy coffee machine and barista to make the coffee at home, but we have to make sure we always follow the guideline to make “your perfect cup” of coffee.
Here are 6 of the most common coffee-brewing mistakes that we must always remember.
1. Old Beans or Beans keep for long time?
If you can’t remember when you bought your coffee, it’s time to buy some new beans! Only buy as much as you will consume in 1 to 2 weeks.
2. Storing Coffee beans in the freezer or fridge
Placing coffee beans in the fridge or freezer is wrong method doesn’t help to keep them fresh. Roasted beans have countless holes in them and they absorb the moisture and the smell of other foods in the fridge. The best way to store beans is to keep them at room temperature inside an air-tight container
3. Buying Pre-Ground Beans
Pre-ground beans are convenient and easy, but pre-ground coffee are more susceptible to oxidation and start losing their freshness immediately after grinding. To preserve the quality of the beans, grind your beans as close to the brewing as possible to ensure freshness.
4. Improper water temperature
If water to brew coffee is too hot, it extracts bitterness and acidity from the beans, The water temperature should be around 200 degrees Fahrenheit or 93 degree Celsius. An easy trick to reach this temperature is, boil water, start brewing immediately after 45 seconds.
5 Wrong Coffee to Water Ratio
The most recommended ratio is 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds to every 6 ounces of water. Using more coffee grounds, your coffee will be too strong and taste bitter. Using less coffee, your coffee will end up watery.
6 Wrong size of Ground
Each brewing method require different size of grind. Always check the coffee machine manual. Coffee that has been ground too fine is more bitter, but if ground too coarse it may be weak. Find grinds are for espresso or aeropress, medium are for drip makers, and coarse grinds are for a french press.