Making a great cup of coffee is achievable at home. Just follow these steps!
Starts with the right coffee bean:
- Choose coffee made from Grade A Arabica beans.
- Choose coffee that has been recently roasted. This is the most important element – coffee tastes the best within one month after roasting.
- Smell the coffee beans – a strong smell indicates fresh beans.
- Invest in a coffee grinder and buy whole beans. Grind your coffee immediately before brewing. Once the coffee is ground, the flavor dissipates more quickly. We highly recommend investing in a burr grinder.
- When buying decaffeinated coffees, look for coffees that have been decaffeinated using the Swiss Water Process.
How to Store Coffee:
1. Storage is integral to maintaining your coffee’s freshness and flavor. It is important to keep it away from excessive air, moisture, heat, and light – in that order – in order to preserve its fresh-roast flavor as long as possible.
2. Coffee beans are decorative and beautiful to look at but you will compromise the taste of your coffee if you store your beans in ornamental, glass canisters on your kitchen countertop. Doing so will cause them to become stale and your coffee will quickly lose its fresh flavor.
3. It is important not to refrigerate or freeze your daily supply of coffee because contact with moisture will cause it to deteriorate.
4. Instead, store coffee in air-tight glass or ceramic containers and keep it in a convenient, but dark and cool, location. Remember that a cabinet near the oven is often too warm, as is a cabinet on an outside wall of your kitchen if it receives heat from a strong afternoon or summer sun.
5. The commercial coffee containers that you purchased your coffee in are generally not appropriate for long-term storage. Appropriate coffee storage canisters with an airtight seal are a worthwhile investment.
How to Make Coffee:
1. Begin with freshly roasted coffee beans.
2. Grind the beans right before brewing.
3. Use filtered water.
4. Ideally use a French press, although you’ll get a good cup of coffee from a drip maker too.
5. Use approximately 1 rounded teaspoon of coffee per 8 oz. of water, to your taste.
Brew, and serve!