Coffee

Getting the best brew

The best part of waking up in the morning is a freshly brewed cup of coffee. The aroma jolts you awake and you are ready to face the day. However, despite the fact that your coffee smells great it somehow can never match up to the great tasting brew offered in paper coffee cups at the local barista. You know you are adding the proper amount of coffee beans, using the right amount of water and even adding the required amount of milk, yet that taste somehow seems unachievable at home. Well the following are a few tips from a professional barista which would ensure that your morning cup of coffee tastes no less than a professionally brewed one.

Use the right kind of equipment and ingredients

If you prefer the clean and robust taste of a freshly brewed cup you need to make sure you are using the right equipment. A manual dripper is a must because it can help filters of all the sediment leaving the brew tasting fresh and clean without any trace. Use a dripper with a flat shape, though a cone shaped one might work just as well. But professionals say that the flat ones can help achieve a better tasting brew. This is because the grounds all lie flat and water saturates each of those grounds properly.

The next step is to ensure that you are using filtered water. Often the water which you fill in from the tap might alter the taste of the coffee. So go for a bottled or filtered water.

Another way to make sure the coffee tastes good is that the coffee is grounded no more than half an hour prior to brewing. The fresher the grounds, the better tasting your coffee. A burr grinder works great this is because it creates perfectly grounded coffee. It also prevents the coffee from becoming too bitter.

Taking care of the perfect ratio

In order to make around sixteen ounces of coffee, the perfect ratio of water to coffee should be:

  • Sixteen ounces of water
  • 5 tablespoons of coffee

Mastering the pour over technique

  • While the kettle is heating place the dripper over the mug and line it with filter paper. Run the dripper under warm water to ensure its warmed up properly.
  • Put the required amount of coffee on to the damp filter paper.
  • Once the water starts boiling switch off the stove and let it sit for about ten seconds to ensure the water bubbles settle down.
  • Now pour in the water in a circular motion to make sure it falls over all of the grounded coffee.
  • Wait for thirty seconds. This is to make sure that the aroma of the coffee can bloom properly.
  • Continue pouring the water in ten to twenty seconds interval in circular motion.
  • Thi is a pulse pouring method, which would take some time mastering but once you do you can be assured that you get the best blend ever.

The above mentioned methods are great for enjoying a great cup of coffee. Got no time to enjoy the brew? Have the coffee on the go by pouring it into paper coffee cups to take with you.

Stainless Steel Park BBQ

Why Aussie’s grill it better:

There is nothing quite going to Lake Moogerah Holiday Park, throwing a few juicy steaks on the barbie and enjoying the gorgeous sunset with family and mates. The intoxicating smell of meat grilling on an outdoor park BBQ reminds you of a grilling accident that happened not so long ago where you got burned.

No worries, it happens to the best of us. But maybe it’s time to get back on the horse and ride away with a new sense of confidence. Outdoor grilling is a way of life in Australia, but yes things can go wrong very quickly if you don’t come prepared. Thankfully, following these simple set of rules when taking your family to the park to BBQ will save you headaches.

 Bring Your Own Grill:

Chances are that in the summertime where everyone and their grandmother is out throwing slabs of meat on the barbie, it’s always too good to come with a backup plan in case all the BBQ’s at the park are taken. Bringing your own portable BBQ from home can most certainly save you time.

Imagine if you didn’t bring your stainless steel BBQ along and all the barbies at the specific park that your kids really wanted to visit were all being used. You could A) wait to see if one becomes available, this could take hours. B) Settle for going to another park in hopes that one is available there, much to the dismay of your little ones. Or C) Bring your own portable barbie from home and enjoy your day of grilling and family time. If you picked C), then I applaud you.

Be Respectful to Other Park Goers Around You:

If you are at the park with your family and a group of hooligans are drunk, listening to loud music, and making a scene next to you, here are some things you can do.

-You can ask them to please quiet down, you have your family with you and are trying to enjoy your day.

– If they don’t listen and are acting as though they are drunk, then contact the local authorities or Park Ranger immediately.

– Leaving the park or finding another spot in the park is probably the safest option if you have a family.

Clean Up After Yourself:

If you’re using one of the parks barbies, it’s always considerate to clean it out after your done for the day. The next person or group coming to use it will be thankful. And you will feel better knowing that you left the park BBQ the way that you would want it to be left for you, clean and ready to use.