If you love good coffee and you are a constant coffee shop habitué, you have probably wished you could get the hang of making good homemade coffee blends so you could treat yourself to a fantastic cup before going to work. If you could learn to make coffee the way baristas do, you would certainly have something worth waking up a little early for.
Check your Equipment
The large automatic coffee makers are good for making regular brew and making plenty of it quite fast. However, an automatic coffee maker isn’t what you need if you want to make gourmet coffee. Most modern coffee makers fail to bring out the unique characteristics of the special beans you are brewing, thereby defeating the purpose of going the extra mile for extra flavorful coffee. The low-tech coffee makers are actually better the best flavor. Take your pick of either a French press pot with a finely perforated plunger or a drip brew pot where you pour water over coffee beans in a filter.
Apart from the coffeemaker you use, coffee experts say that if you are really serious about the quality and the freshness of the coffee you create at home, you should think about investing on a burr coffee grinder – one that will chop the beans uniformly so that water can run through the beans uniformly and extract flavor efficiently.
Another thing coffee gurus say is that you should use a standardized scoop so you can accurately feed 2 tablespoons of ground coffee into each 8-ounce cup. Moreover, get yourself a carafe or a thermos so you can store any excess coffee. Never let it sit on the burner – that can turn your coffee into swill.
Start with the Beans
If you really want to get started on producing awesome cups of this drink, the first thing you need to do is find good coffee. Your best bet would be a reputable local roaster or supermarket that keeps freshly roasted beans on stock. Begin by buying a quarter of a pound each of three or four kinds and test them for flavor. As you try each kind, smell it and take a few sips without any creamer to discern the taste of the beans fully. Take note of where the beans come from and how they were roasted. After you’ve tasted all the flavors you are inclined to try, take note of the ones you like and begin the serious project of creating the best homemade coffee blends at home.
Maintain your Equipment
Keep your coffeemaker clean. Fill the reservoir with a mixture made of 50% water and 50% white vinegar. Turn your coffeemaker on, run through several cups, and let the mixture sit for an hour. Discard the mixture and run plain water several times until all traces of the vinegar odor disappears. Never clean your equipment with soap. Soak all the removable parts in water with baking soda, and then rinse them thoroughly in running water. After you have done the vinegar routine, you can do place the carafe and the filter basket in your dishwasher’s top rack. On a side note, you could also invest in an ice maker machine if you wish to make iced coffee or frappe from your homemade coffee blends.
Other tips to get the best homemade coffee blends:
- Never buy more than you can use in a week or two weeks at the most.
- Do not freeze your coffee. Store it in a dry, airtight container.
- You should use only filtered water. For the times you run out and have to use tap water, gather enough for what you need to brew in a pitcher and let it sit for a few hours to allow chlorine and other chemicals to evaporate.
- Follow the directions that come with your coffee makers.
- Brew your coffee for 4 minutes or a maximum of five. Over brewing coffee will give it a bitter, musty taste.
- Water at just below boiling point will extract the most flavors from your grounds without turning the brew bitter.