Tips on Brewing Coffee

by admin on July 17, 2010

You have probably enjoyed many cups of coffee in your lifetime, but it is still important to have insider tips on brewing the best cup of Joe so that you can enjoy premium quality every time.
The first step to take is to make sure that you are always purchasing freshly roasted coffee beans! This is highly important, and not all coffee beans are equal. Furthermore, it is never advised to purchase pre-ground coffee beans from the supermarket because they are already 100% stale. It is important to purchase whole coffee beans that are freshly roasted from a local roaster or an Internet retailer that guarantees freshly roasted beans when they ship. If you purchase a bag of coffee beans that has been sitting on the shelf, then the odds are that they have already gone stale. Coffee beans are only fresh for up to 10 days after roasting, and they go stale 30 seconds after they are ground, which is why you need to grind your coffee beans directly before you brew. It is so easy to purchase a small grinder to freshly grind your beans before you brew, which will give you an even more premium flavor and taste.
When it comes to the amount of coffee grounds that you will be using, the rule of thumb is 2 tablespoons per 6 ounces of water. This is something that can be used for a drip brew coffee maker, French Press, or other methods of brewing. It is also important to brew with fresh filtered water, which will make a dramatic difference in the flavor of your cup of Joe. If you are not brewing with filtered water, and instead are using tap water, then you risk filling your coffee machine full of minerals that can cause scale and buildup. Not only will this affect the life of your machine, but it will also negatively affect the taste of your coffee when you brew.
Last of all, make sure that you are taking the time to clean your coffee maker well to remove any buildup within the machine. There are specific products that you can use to clean your coffee maker, or you can even run white vinegar through the machine. The reason for this is that coffee beans are full of essential oils, which can build up a residue within the components of your coffee machine. This will begin to negatively affect the taste of your Java, and it will also affect how well your machine works. It is important to use some sort of product to remove oil buildup within the components of your coffee machine for a better taste in your brew.
As a last tip, if you are ever stuck drinking a bitter and poor tasting cup of Joe from your office or a diner, then you can add a little salt to the brew to cut out the bitterness. This is a last resort tip for a delicious tasting cup of coffee, but it works every time!

Chuggin McCoffee is a coffee fanatic that has spent the entirety of his career cultivating and studying all of the best uses and brewing styles for optimal coffee and espresso flavor. His specialty site for all coffee needs, supplies, and Commercial Coffee Makers can be found at www.thecoffeebump.com.

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