posted on Nov, 7 2010 @ 12:28 PM
A very interesting property of coffee is that it seems to absorb the care and attention that is put into making it, and translate it into taste.
Coffee made carefully tastes better.
Of course, there's really no absolutely 'wrong' way to make coffee: if you have a brand and half-asleep method that works for you, you can get an
all-right cup o' joe pretty easily.
BUT, if you add a little care and time, just about anything you do can improve the coffee you make, and you can directly appreciate that
Here's the 'big five':
- Cleanliness. Keep your coffee making equipment scrupulously clean! That brown sediment layer doesn't help.
- Water. Use good water to avoid strange tastes. Distilled water isn't the best, some mineral content is good. I prefer non-chlorinate spring
- Grind. Get a mill grinder or something that makes all the little particles of ground coffee roughly the same size. Those cheap circular rotating
don't grind coffee well at all.
- Infusion. Make sure the coffee grounds are in the water at the right temperature for the right amount of time, depending on how you're brewing. A
rough rule of thumb is, the faster the water moves through the coffee, the smaller the grind should be.
- Bean. Yes, this really is listed last. Good beans are important, and it's essential that they be fairly fresh. But even if you have great beans,
you can make lousy coffee by screwing up any of the above items too badly.
Currently drinking: A three-bean dry processed Yemenese + Ethiopian blend; dark roasted; french press. Yummy!