How To Select And Brew The Best Coffee

Many Amer­i­cans love to start the day with some great cof­fee. Whether you make your own cof­fee or pick some up from the shop, you sure­ly en­joy a nice cup of joe. Read these tips to learn how to make bet­ter cof­fee.

A French press brews cof­fee with a rich and ro­bust fla­vor. Cof­fee mak­ers can leech out some of the fla­vor in cof­fee be­cause of the cof­fee fil­ter. A French press doesn’t use a fil­ter, and in­stead the men­tal plunger push­es the cof­fee grounds down in the press, which re­sults in a stronger fla­vor. The fla­vor of the cof­fee is rich­er due to the oils re­main­ing in the brew.

Most peo­ple know that stor­ing cof­fee in your freez­er can pre­serve its use­ful life, but not every­one knows that this should be done for no longer than three months. If you do, it will be­gin to get stale.

Test out your cof­fee mak­er be­fore ac­tu­al­ly brew­ing any cof­fee. Fol­low the steps to mak­ing a nor­mal pot of cof­fee, but just use wa­ter. It will take out any of the chem­i­cals they used in mak­ing the pot or any dirt or im­pu­ri­ties that were in it.

You should en­sure your cof­fee is stored in an air­tight con­tain­er with­in the fridge. Cof­fee takes the odors of dif­fer­ent fruits and veg­eta­bles, which will cor­rupt the taste. If stored in­cor­rect­ly, cof­fee can ac­cu­mu­late mois­ture.

Iced Coffee

If iced cof­fee ap­peals to you, think about mak­ing a pot of strong cof­fee in the evening and let­ting it chill overnight. This cre­ates chilled cof­fee when you’re ready to add ice, in­stead of pro­duc­ing wa­tered down cof­fee in­stead. Al­so, add cream, sug­ar and any oth­er fla­vors just be­fore putting it in­to the fridge. By do­ing this, you can cre­ate the per­fect iced cof­fee.

There are many won­der­ful al­ter­na­tives to or­di­nary sug­ar that you can use to liv­en up your cof­fee. There are ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers but you can al­so go nat­ur­al and use agave nec­tar. Oth­er sweet­en­ers such as Splen­da can al­so be used in hot bev­er­ages be­cause they tend to re­main sta­ble.

Get your­self a good cof­fee grinder. Wait­ing to grind beans un­til you are about to brew al­lows the fla­vor­ful cof­fee oils to re­main. Al­so, you can change the coarse­ness if you want to change up your style. Many cof­fee mak­ers come with built-in grinders which will help free up counter space.

The best cof­fee is made with fresh­ly roast­ed beans. Al­ways look at the ex­pi­ra­tion and roast dates of whole beans that you buy. It’s best to buy cof­fee beans from spe­cial­ty stores or cof­fee shops in­stead of your gro­cery mar­ket.

Not all cof­fee should be frozen. Cof­fee some­times picks up ex­tra smells and fla­vors from near­by foods. There­fore, keep your cof­fee in a case or con­tain­er, away from all oth­er foods. If you re­al­ly want to freeze or re­frig­er­ate it, use a seal­able freez­er bag.

When mea­sur­ing out cof­fee grounds and wa­ter, con­sid­er how many cups you want to make. In cook­ing, a cup is equal to eight ounces. How­ev­er, reg­u­lar cof­fee cups gen­er­al­ly hold on­ly six. The best ra­tio of wa­ter to ground cof­fee is a pair of ta­ble­spoons of grounds with six ounces of liq­uid. The use of mea­sur­ing cups can cause your cof­fee to be too wa­tered down.

Iced Coffee

When you are try­ing to pre­pare iced cof­fee, do not just put ice in it. This tends to wa­ter the cof­fee. What you should do in­stead is brew some cof­fee and place them in an ice cube tray in­to the freez­er. When the cof­fee freezes in­to ice cubes, use them to make iced cof­fee.

If you do not like the cof­fee you buy at the gro­cery store, you should look some­where else. It may be that the cof­fee sim­ply isn’t pop­u­lar enough to en­sure con­sis­tent fresh­ness. If you buy from a spe­cial­ty shop, the beans are more like­ly to be fresh.

Sweet­en­ers from your pantry are a great way to in­ject fla­vor and per­son­al­i­ty in­to your cof­fee. Take a break from white sug­ar and try sweet­en­ing your cof­fee with raw or brown sug­ar for a dif­fer­ent and unique taste. Cin­na­mon, nut­meg, co­coa, vanil­la and oth­er fla­vor ex­tracts min­gle well with the taste of cof­fee, too. You can al­so use rice, al­mond milks, and fla­vored soy rather than milk or cream­ers.

Keep an open mind when pur­chas­ing blends of cof­fee. When­ev­er you buy cof­fee, you should ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent blends. Ex­per­i­ment a lit­tle, es­pe­cial­ly when you first start try­ing to see what you like. You can give your­self a boost by mix­ing up what you drink. Keep dif­fer­ent fla­vors in the freez­er.

Think care­ful­ly about the cof­fee ma­chine you want to buy in or­der to brew cof­fee. A French press will cre­ate the most con­cen­trat­ed fla­vor. Glass will not re­tain it for very long. If no one else in your home drinks cof­fee, you may want a brew­er that makes a sin­gle cup.

Now that you have the right in­for­ma­tion, you can brew that great-tast­ing cup of joe. You will feel good about sav­ing mon­ey and in­creas­ing your skills.

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