Coffee is brewed in millions of homes around the world every day. For coffee lovers, who are always in search of the perfect cup – even at home, many still make mistakes with their brew setups. These mistakes can drastically alter the taste of the coffee preventing some of the best flavors from ever being enjoyed. Unfortunately, most people don’t even realize that they make these mistakes. Tapaswini Purnesh, Director Marketing & Promotions, Classic Synergy has shared some of the most common mistakes. Avoid the following and you’ll be well on your way to a better cup of coffee, every day!
1. Storing Coffee Beans In The Freezer Or Fridge: Placing coffee beans in the fridge or freezer doesn’t keep them fresh. Roasted beans have countless holes in them and they absorb the moisture and smell of other food in the fridge. The best way to store beans is to keep them at room temperature inside an airtight container.
2. When Using A Filter Paper: As in Aeropress/Pourover method, always wet the paper first and throw out the water. This will avoid the taste of paper getting into your brew. Always wet your grounds first, allow the coffee to Bloom (a bulge is formed when hot water touches the grounds, because of the escape of carbon dioxide and other gases). If there is no bloom at all, or air pockets are formed, it is an indication that the coffee is not fresh.
3. Buying Pre-Ground Beans: Pre-ground beans are convenient and easy, but coffee beans start losing their freshness immediately after grinding. To preserve the quality of the beans, you should buy in smaller pack sizes so it is consumed faster.
4. Using Boiling Water To Brew Coffee: When you use boiling water, it extracts bitterness and acidity from the beans. The ideal temperature is around 200 degrees F (93 C). An easy trick to reach this temperature is to boil the water, then wait 45 seconds.
5. Using Too Much Or Too Little Coffee: Most consider the perfect ratio to be 2 tablespoons (30 gms) of coffee grounds to every 180 ml of water.
6. Using The Wrong Grind: Different equipment requires different grinds. Fine grinds are for espresso or moca pot, medium fineis for aeropress or filter coffee, medium coarse is for pourover (chemex), and coarse grinds are for a French Press.
7. Allow The Right Percolation Time: The actual time it takes for coffee to percolate depends on the method you use and the size of the coffee pot. Let’s take the stove method first. Many people believe the water should be brought to a boil. This is a mistake. If the water in the pot is allowed to boil, it is likely to “burn” the coffee. Temperature of water should be between 92 to 96 degree Celsius. Brewing should take about 5 minutes for a stove-top percolator. That is a good indicator to figure out if it is ready.
If you follow the above, you will start brewing great coffee that will impress you, your family and your friends. If you are serious about brewing the best cup of coffee, take the time to recognize, identify and course-correct to enjoy the best cup of coffee every morning.
** Happy brewing! **
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