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Four Easy Tips to Enjoy Better Coffee at Home

Four Easy Tips to Enjoy Better Coffee at Home

You don’t have to be a professional barista to make a really good cup of coffee. With a little practice, patience, and proper technique you can enjoy world-class coffee at home. Here are four tips to improve your morning cup. 

1. Invest in a good grinder. 

Your grinder is the most important piece of coffee equipment you own. How good your coffee can taste comes down to the quality and consistency of the grounds (or, in barista speak, the particle size distribution). I can make a better cup of coffee with a $4 plastic cone and a good grinder, than a bad one and the most expensive coffee maker on the market. Unfortunately, good grinders can get expensive, but they’re worth saving up for. I recommend designating 80% of your coffee budget to your grinder. Look for a grinder with either steel or ceramic burrs and few plastic parts. Avoid blade grinders at all costs. 

2. Use filtered water. 


Coffee is over 98% water, and yet most of us just use what ever comes out of the tap. The chances that your municipal water has the ideal chemical composition for coffee brewing is very small. If your water is hard, your coffee will taste bitter and flat. If it’s too soft, it might taste sour and weak. I recommend using filtered spring water to get the right balance of minerals. 

3.  Use a scale. 


Every baker knows there’s a big difference between a teaspoon and tablespoon of baking powder. In the same way, every barista worth their salt knows every gram of coffee counts. Using a kitchen scale is the easiest way to ensure your coffee to water ratio is exactly where it needs to be. Besides, coffee is expensive and kitchen scales are suprisingly affordable. You’ll waste less coffee and it will taste better



4. Buy freshly roasted coffee in small batches.


Most coffee experts agree you should consumer coffee within four weeks of roasting. This means avoiding buying coffee in bulk from companies that don’t have the roast date on the label. If you don’t have a good coffee roaster in your city, a growing number of online subscription services will help you find a roaster you enjoy. 

 

Special thanks to Michael @ the Coffee Compass for guest posting.

For more brewing tips, café reviews, and more check out thecoffeecompass.com

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