Posted on Sep 21, 2022 13
Even the strongest magic will not make a crap coffee taste different from the original product. This fundamental rule cannot be cheated, so if you really want to enjoy your drink, shoot your inner curmudgeon and start buying quality fresh coffee beans. Dive into the wonderful world of theory and practice of making delicious coffee at home. Fortunately, with the ubiquitous availability of the Internet, only the laziest person in the world can deny themselves useful knowledge.
It is worth to get acquainted with the social communities of coffee drinkers on the web, as well as specialized sites and forums. There you will not only learn the basics and subtleties of a truly wonderful coffee but also learn about good producers whose products are available in your area.
The need to choose fresh coffee was highlighted above, and it’s really important. Freshness refers to the time the beans are stored after roasting. Coffee is not wine or cognac; its flavor does not improve with age. Of course, the beans won’t literally go bad, but the chemical structure and flavor will certainly suffer.
Air is one-fifth oxygen, a strong oxidizing agent. Oxidation is the strongest factor in the sped up degradation of coffee flavors. It takes only 70 cubic centimeters of ordinary air to kill 500 grams of a great coffee bean. That’s the way it is. By the way, seemingly airtight packages with valves do not really provide complete protection of coffee from contact with air. There can still be air inside such a package, and when the oxygen content in the coffee environment is 4% or more, negative effects already appear. Moral - if the packaging does not specify the roasting date, buying such a coffee becomes a Russian roulette.
Natural laziness can drive you to buy ground coffee, and it’s a sure way to deprive yourself of the opportunity to experience a delicious beverage. Seriously. The only upside to buying ground coffee is a couple of minutes saved in the morning. But in return, you lose the lion’s share of the flavor and aroma of this beverage, because the oils and other substances originally locked in the grain are very volatile. They easily evaporate, taking with them all the charm and richness of taste and aroma of coffee. Coffee should be ground just before brewing.
Another temptation that lies in wait for seekers of delicious coffee lies in these single-use capsule coffee makers. You don’t have to do anything, you can’t ruin anything. Tempting? Sure, but you can’t influence the process. And this is very important. Experts of the National Coffee Association of the United States consider 93.3 degrees Celsius as an ideal average temperature of coffee, but similar machines, including the well-known Keurig, barely make it to 88.9 degrees. The result is that the coffee isn’t like that at all. Also, the capsules are expensive. And harmful to the environment. There is no fine-tuning of the coffee to water ratio in these machines. The same amount of coffee is used per small, medium and large cup. The consequence is the same. Delicious coffee and capsule coffee makers do not go together.
Various tools that measure volumes (measuring spoons) are good and allow you to make excellent coffee. But the pinnacle of craftsmanship is weighing. Only the weight guarantees perfect proportions. Instead of the abstract “spoonfuls” you’ll be saying like a scientist, “14.3 grams, gentlemen, and nothing else.” Coffee density can differ depending on bean size, origin, variety, roast, and so on. Therefore, volume is not indicative. Relying on single-digit numerical data will allow you to conduct stunningly refined experiments, and when the standard “18 parts water to one part coffee” gets boring, you will no longer say, “I’ll try to increase the coffee content a little.” You’ll be operating with precise numbers: “I’ll make the ratio 1:13.” There you go.
Let’s do the math. Canonically brewed coffee is 1.25% coffee and 98.75% water. It would be strange not to consider the key component of the drink. Any unpleasant taste because of foreign substances in the water will remain in the drink. Chlorine-flavored coffee... mmm, how sweet! The better the water is purified, the cleaner the coffee will taste. Distilled water, however, is not an option. Without a minimum of minerals, the drink will be unnaturally hollow.
Above mentioned the ideal average temperature of coffee is 93.3 degrees. At a lower temperature, the richness of flavor and aroma suffers. At a higher temperature, the coffee will turn out sour.
Where do you store your coffee? Supposedly, there are some particularly gifted individuals who keep their coffee in the refrigerator. And even in the freezer! The horror. The best home for coffee is an opaque glass or ceramic container with an airtight lid. Keep it out of reach of light at room temperature and as low humidity as possible. For example, in a kitchen cabinet.