How to Make (and Drink) the Perfect Cup of Coffee
Do you love a cup of coffee in the morning to start your day off right? Everyone has different favorite methods of coffee making and consuming, but if you're not a bonafide coffee snob or experienced barista, you might want a few pointers on how to make your morning brew better.
We have a few tips and tricks on how to make the perfect cup of coffee, regardless of how you like to drink it. Keep reading to learn more.
Great equipment and brewing methods won't make up for low-quality coffee beans.
You don't have to pay a lot of money for good beans, but it's always a good idea to get whole-bean coffee rather than pre-ground coffee if you can. It adds a bit of extra work, but it's worth it in the end.
Pre-ground coffee sometimes loses its freshness before you get to drink it. Whole bean coffee at the store is often higher-quality by default and you get to lock in the fresh taste for longer.
There are several different types of coffee beans available, so try several to find what's right for you.
The Equipment and Brewing Style
There are so many opinions on what creates a good coffee maker. In reality, there are pros and cons to all of them.
If you're the kind of person that likes to have a slow morning where you mindfully put your coffee together, you might like simple pour-over coffee or a french press.
Many people look down on the humble coffee maker, but this is a great way to make coffee fast. Those of us with busy mornings benefit from a good coffee maker.
You'll also need a coffee grinder. Don't settle for using a food processor. The type of grinder doesn't really matter here as long as it's quick and you can adjust the texture of your beans.
A grind and brew coffee maker lets you grind your coffee in the same place that you're making it, making it a great option for a busy coffee lover on the go.
If you love a good cold brew, a french press is a great choice. When you add your beans and some room-temperature water to your french press (putting it in the fridge after several hours for 12-16 brewing hours total), you'll end up with a smooth blend with lower acidity that's ready for a hot day.
What to Add
If you get a smooth enough brew with a coffee bean that you love, you might not have to add anything to your coffee in the morning. If it's too acidic for you, though, we suggest adding a pinch of salt (yes, really) and some high-quality creamer.
That said, there's nothing wrong with a sweet tooth. If you're the type that likes a café style drink, invest in a few good coffee syrups in place of grocery store flavored creamers. They last longer and you have more flexibility with your ratio of cream to flavor.
What's Your Perfect Cup of Coffee?
There's no one way to make the perfect cup of coffee. By paying careful attention to your equipment and beans, though, you can improve your coffee game and your overall morning routine.
Brewing the perfect cup of coffee for your taste preferences is an art and it takes practice. Why not start practicing today?
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