Keys for Brewing the Best Coffee
What you need to make the perfect cup of joe
From the LifeMinute.TV Team
September 22, 2021
September 29th is National Coffee Day. When it comes to coffee, not every cup is equal. Here is how to brew the best cup of joe.
Grinds or beans?
For the freshest coffee, fresh ground whole beans are best. While pre-ground coffee is convenient, whole beans grounded minutes before brewing have a noticeably stronger aroma and flavor. To get the most out of the beans, choose organic ones that are rich in healthy antioxidants. Invest in a coffee bean grinder too. And remember, the finer the grind, the bolder the flavor.
How to store coffee
Keep beans in an opaque, air-tight container at room temperature. Store them in a dark, cool place. Avoid putting beans in clear containers as this can allow light to get in and compromise the taste of the coffee.
What water to use
Make sure to use filtered water to avoid any impurities that can take away from the taste of your coffee. The fewer the minerals in the water, the better. And depending on what time of coffee machine you are using, make sure your water is hot enough. The optimal brewing temperature for maximum flavor extraction is between 195 degrees and 205 degrees Fahrenheit.
Does the coffee maker matter?
When it comes time to brew your coffee, there isn’t necessarily a superior coffee maker. It depends more on your personal preference. Single-serve coffee makers are great for convenience and easy to clean. A drip coffee maker is easy to use. It allows you to make multiple cups of coffee if you are making coffee for more than one person or just a coffeeholic. A French press is one of the cheapest ways to make coffee, and you don’t need filters or electricity. Espresso makers can be expensive, but debatably make the highest quality of coffee, and they afford you the luxury of making your coffee shop favorites such as cappuccinos, lattes, mochas, and more.
What Mug to Pick
Ceramic and stainless steel mugs work great to keep coffee warm. And wide-mouthed cups and mugs are preferred since they allow more of the coffee's aroma to escape.