The Best Tasting Coffee You’ll Ever Make At Home
Want the best tasting coffee you’ve ever had? Ever wonder why homemade doesn’t taste as good as those expensive coffee shops? I have, a countless number of times. Every time I popped in a k cup I wondered what I was doing wrong. I made it fresh at home. Why isn’t it the best tasting coffee I’ve ever had? Being the connoisseur that I am, I had to know. I wanted Starbucks quality with at home prices. So was the missing piece to the puzzle, the coffee?
A great cup isn’t just scooping grounds into a filter and pushing start. A truly good cup of joe requires attention to details. The detail in choosing the right beans, coffee maker, grinder, and water. The best coffee starts with…, well, the coffee.
If you are as passionate about coffee as I am, then taking a few extra steps won’t be a problem. Not to mention the great taste you’ll get from the finished product. Before you know it, everyone will be at your house. Then you can charge five bucks a pop. Winning! Just kidding!
keys to making the best tasting coffee
We have a lot to talk about so I’ll try to keep it as short as possible. To enjoy coffee to its fullest you must first understand beans. Trust me they’re not all created equal. Second, choose the right beans. That’s not as easy as it sounds. Third, pick your proper tools. A feat that’s not for the fate of heart and lastly the water quality. Water is just as important to taste as all the other aspects. Water may be the second most important ingredient but not to make a fuss will say its last.
the beans come first
We have a lot to talk about so I’ll try to keep it as short as possible. To enjoy coffee to its fullest you must first understand beans. Trust me they’re not all created equal. Second, choose the right beans. That’s not as easy as it sounds.
Third, pick you proper coffee maker. A feat that’s not for the fate of heart and lastly the water quality. Water is just as important to coffee as all the other aspects. Water may be the second most important ingredient but not to make a fuss will say its last.
The best-tasting joe requires the right beans. If possible, avoid packaged ground beans altogether. Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with the packaged stuff, but the real flavor is in the loose whole beans. Take a trip to the local coffee aisle at your farmer’s market or specialty shops. That’s where you will find the real gold.
arabica short basics
Okay, now that you are in front of the loose beans, choose carefully. Choosing the perfect bean is a personal choice. The right one is the ones that make you smile. But to give you some help. Here is a little information about beans.
There are actually 25 different bean varieties, but Arabica is the one most commonly used in shops. That’s where our focus will be placed.
The Arabica bean is a rich and flavorful bean. It is hand-picked and harvested making it a little more costly, as well. Good examples of an Arabica coffee would be a Colombian, Kona, Costa Rican, Uganda, or Blue Mountain. Over 65% of high-end coffee shops use Arabica beans. That’s because of their rich taste and higher price tag.
Overall, it’s just a better bean for commercial use. So, when choosing, look first for an Arabica bean.
the right tools for the job
The best coffee is the one that is ground moments before brewing. That’s one of the tricks coffee houses use to make their joe taste so good. So, after choosing your beans its time to pick the perfect grinder.
If you already have one, great. If your happy with it then stick with it. You can move to the next step. If not, choose your grinder of preference. Here are a few things to look for when buying a good grinder. My personal favorite and the one I use is the Aicok Grinder. Its a great grinder for less than 30 bucks. I use it for everything including grinding peppercorns, nut, and beans.
Next, is the almighty coffee maker. Shops spend major bucks on their equipment for good reason. The better the maker the better the brew. Again, disclaimer, if you’re happy the one you have stick with it. If not, you really need to invest a few nickels into a good quality one.
I don’t suggest breaking the bank but upgrading is definitely a good idea. I use the Cuisinart DCC-3200 due to its sturdy build, built-in water filter and how delicious the coffee taste once brewed.
Speaking of filters. That’s the next tool you’ll need for your joe. Don’t discount the filter. I mean literally. Don’t buy the cheap filters. The filter can affect the taste of your coffee as well. So when it comes to buying filters try to purchase filters that offer more flavor, like Melitta (flavor pores brown filters).
Melitta has much larger pores allowing for more flavor to pass through, plus they’re unbleached. Bleach is something you don’t want to taste, trust me.
After the filter, comes the pure water that will flow through your new filters. The quality of water is very important, especially since coffee, is 95% percent water. Okay, I don’t really know the percentage of water in coffee but it sounds kinda right. So I’m going to roll with that number for now.
The main point is to make sure you use Cold fresh filtered or spring water. Cold water results in a better tasting brew than that of warm water. So stick to cold.
That’s it for all the stuff you’ll need. I know it seems like a lot but trust me its worth it. The end result will be some of the best tasting coffee you’ve ever had at home. I’ve added some extra tips and instructions below;
Tips & Instructions
Remember to store your beans in an airtight container placed somewhere cool. This will ensure they last a long time and stay fresh. Do not refrigerate or freeze your beans. Freezing beans dries then out.
- Grinding your beans fresh makes a huge difference in taste and aroma. Place your beans in the grinder and grind until fine. Measure out 2 tablespoons of grounds for every one cup of water. Add a little more if you prefer a stronger brew.
- Next, add cold filtered or spring water to your maker. The water must be very cold and pure. Cold filtered water makes the freshest tasting joe there is, so go cold.
- Always pour your water directly from the jug or bottle, not the carafe. This will keep the carafe from cracking once the hot water hits it.
- Lastly, add your favorite flavors and ingredients like milk, cream, sugar and so on. It will surely be the best-tasting cup you have ever made from your home kitchen.
remember this for the best tasting coffee
So, remember there are many varieties of beans on the market today, but the best beans for you are the ones that make you smile. If a bean fills you with joy the moment you smell it. Then, that’s the right choice for you. Coffee also offers amazing benefits to your health. Check out my other article for more details.
Here is the full list of the supplies you’ll need:
- Fresh beans
- Airtight container for bean storage
- Quality filters
- A good quality coffee maker with a built-in water filter
- A bean grinder
- Ice cold filtered or spring water
- Measuring spoons
- Your favorite ingredients