So, you’re a coffee lover; you may even call yourself a coffee addict. But do you know the best ways to enjoy freshly-ground coffee? Read on for some quick tips.
Use a Manual Hand Mill
The best machine to use for a consistent coffee grind is a high-quality automatic burr grinder, but that costs upward of $100. If you don’t want to spend that much just to be able to grind coffee properly, then your best option is to use a manual hand mill. Always aim for a medium-fine grind.
Yes, your coffee is freshly-ground, but it won’t stay fresh forever. Bear in mind that coffee is a perishable item, and it tends to lose freshness quickly once it is roasted. So the sooner you enjoy that freshly-ground roasted coffee, the better-tasting it will be and the more you will love the beverage.
Measure It Right
If you appreciate a really strong cup of coffee, then the ideal ratio for you is 1:20 (one part coffee to 20 parts water). You may also experiment with the ratio until you find one that best suits your taste, and then stick to that ratio every time you brew your coffee.
Prepare your coffee for full extraction by pouring hot water over the grounds. This releases any carbon dioxide that may remain from the roasting process and helps ensure a strong brew. Start the coffeemaker about 45 seconds after this process.
Choose the Right Temperature
For drip coffee, the ideal temperature is between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit. Test your coffeemaker by running it without coffee and then measuring the temperature. If it fails to reach 195 degrees, you may want to pre-boil the water in a kettle or upgrade your coffeemaker.
Storing Your Coffee
In case you have too much freshly-ground coffee to use in one sitting, you will have to store the rest properly so you can keep it fresh for as long as possible (about two weeks). Keep it in a valve-sealed bag, which preserves freshness a lot better than any other type of packaging. Remember as well to keep the coffee away from excessive air, heat, moisture, and light.
For those who truly love coffee, there will always be a good excuse to enjoy a cup. And what better way to keep your love affair with this dark and aromatic beverage fresh than to continually find ways of enhancing your brew?
Speaking of love affairs with coffee, Candy’s Café’s Lavazza Coffee comes highly recommended for coffee lovers in CDO. You’ll enjoy not just the drink, but the quiet and calm ambience of the restaurant as well.