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.