We all love a cup of our favourite brew in the morning. Try these simple tips at home and ensure you start every day with a cup of perfection.
The condition of your coffee beans will have a huge impact on the flavour of your cup, so it’s best to invest in quality. Coffee is at its optimum within a couple of days of roasting and should be consumed within a month, so the best way to ensure freshness is to buy local. Boneo Road Roasters – hint, hint!
Oxygen, moisture and direct sunlight are the enemy of your coffee beans! While a vacuum sealed container with a one way valve is the best way to store your beans, any airtight container, kept at room temperature and away from the sun will work. Also remember to clean your storage containers and machine regularly.
To reach optimal flavour, coffee beans should be ground just before (that is, within 30 minutes) of brewing at a medium grind. The good news is that you don’t need to spend a fortune as a manual hand mill will do the job.
Water temperature should be close to 96?C for the best brewed coffee. Water that is too cold will result in a weak coffee and water that is too hot (i.e. boiling) will burn the coffee, leaving a bitter taste. Also, once brewed never reheat your coffee later as the flavour will not last.
5. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
Remember, the next time you brew a cup of coffee…it’s all about the beans!