Coffee never tastes quite as good when you make it at home as it does when you buy it from a coffee shop, does it?
Of course, there's the idea that you don't have to make it yourself, so that in itself is an experience that makes it better than making it at home. But, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to make your morning coffee even better:
- Filtered Water. The thing that makes the biggest difference in how your coffee tastes is the water you use. So often people say "I bought the same coffee that they use at my favorite coffee shop, but it just doesn't taste the same!" There are many factors that can be involved with the difference in taste, like the coffee to water ratio, but many times it's the water you use. Always be sure to use filtered water when making your coffee at home! By using filtered water, you decrease the chances of mineral buildup in your coffee maker which can ultimately alter the flavor of your coffee.
- Whole Bean Coffee. Buying your coffee whole bean makes such a huge difference in flavor. Coffee beans reach their peak in flavor just a few days after they've been roasted and should be enjoyed within the month, as long as it's stored properly (see tip #3). Also, after coffee beans are ground, they start to lose their flavor within minutes. For these reasons, it's best to buy whole bean coffee from local shops that roast smaller batches to ensure the freshest beans possible.
- Proper Storage. There's nothing worse than buying quality coffee and having it lose its luster because of the way you store it. Coffee beans are best store in air-tight containers in a dark, temperature controlled environment as coffee's enemies are air, light and temperature changes (not too different from storing wine!). Purchasing an opaque container to keep your beans in will make the coffee stay fresher longer than if you keep the coffee in the paper bag you purchase it in.
*Bonus Tip: Coffee Grind. How you grind your coffee beans makes a huge difference int he flavor. Read all about it in my previous blog post here.
What are your tips and tricks to make an excellent cup of coffee at home?