I recently posted the definitive Home Coffee Brewing Starter Guide with recommendations on various method of Home Coffee Brewing. In the article I added a brief Brewing section with the intention of elaborating at a later date.
Well, that date has come!
I don’t know if you’ve noticed but Coffee is trending … everywhere.
It’s not difficult to grab a cup of your favourite whilst on the way to work or the Gym. But if you’ve taken the next evolutionary step then you will be taking your own Coffee to work, the Gym and the Lounge so it is time to talk about how to get the best brew possible at home.
1. Choose a good Coffee.
Obvious I know, but it is too tempting and convenient to grab a bag of Supermarket Coffee. You need freshly roasted Coffee Beans for the perfect brew, and remember to only buy as much as you need – at the most a month at a time. As for which Coffee Beans you should choose, this is going to be down to personal taste.
Here is a general taste guide, along with a recommendation:
- Dark Roast – Sweet and Earthy – Caffee Italia Beans
- Dark Roast – Sweet, Citrus, fruity – Cafe Rico House Espresso
- Dark Roast – Mild, Nutty, acidic with Fruity flavours – Cafe Mundo
- Dark Roast – Rich and flavoursome with spicey finish – Mocha Java
- Dark Roast – Intense flavour and a thick Crema – Miscela D-Oro Gran Crema
- Medium Roast – Sweet, Acid with roasted almonds – Blend 31
- Medium Roast – Rich, Smooth, liquorice full roast – Caffe Crema
- Medium Roast – Nutty, sweet – Brazilian Forteleza
- Medium Roasr – Rich smooth flavour – Segafredo Mild
- Light Roast – Full bodied, earthy, sweet and creamy – Mocha Mysore
- Light Roast – Rich body, mild flavour – Cost Rica Beans
Also bear in mind that the more Arabica Beans in a blend, the smoother the flavour and conversely, the more Robusta Beans in a blend, the courser the flavour.
2. Beans or Ground Coffee?
Beans. You’ll get a fresher brew when using Beans and grinding them yourself. I appreciate that a Grinder adds expense to your Home Coffee Brewing Set up but if you are serious about the flavour of your Coffee then go Beans. Also consider transferring your Beans into an airtight Jar after first opening them. If you need to reduce the cost of your Brewing set up then drop the Grinder and go for Coffee Grounds but make sure you only buy as much Grounds as you need for two weeks.
Don’t use tap water, and descale your Kettle regularly. All UK tap water suffers from scale which alters the taste of your Coffee – and not in a good way. Some areas are worse than others, the further South East you go, the harder the water, so there is a definite benefit to using Filtered or Bottled water.
4. Other considerations that will make a difference
There are a number of small adjustments that you can make to your Brewing method that can make for a more pleasant Coffee:
- Keeping your equipment clean will help. Grinders develop an oily build up after a few weeks so run some vinegar or cleaner through them periodically.
- Try using slightly cooled water – the optimum Temperature for Coffee brewing according to the experts is 200°F which equates to 93°C so if you have left the Kettle for a few minutes, you don’t necessarily need to reboil it. You may notice the difference.
- Don’t use cheap Filter papers, ideally go for “oxygen-bleached” or “dioxin-free” paper filters.
Hopefully these tips will help you enjoy the process of Home Coffee Brewing even further. let us know if you have anything to add.