Coffee doesn’t always make work better, but you can definitely work to get better coffee, here are some quick tips and tricks to help you make the perfect cup:
When brewing your coffee, use bottled or filtered water. Doing so, you will obtain maximum flavor for your brew. However, you do not want to use water that is too soft. The flavor will not be extracted as well. Look for a nice balance. Compare the flavor of your coffee with different brands or types of water.
Many people use baking soda to keep smells from permeating refrigerators, but used coffee grounds have the same effect. Coffee acts like a natural sponge, and it will absorb any odors it comes in contact with. This is why you should place a small dish of them in your refrigerator to keep odors at bay.
If you want to brew your own espresso, you need to use beans that have been finely ground. A good grinder will allow you to control the consistency to suit your preferences. We don’t recommend that you use coffee, which has been ground for espresso, in a perculator. It might taste stronger, but it also has more bitter tastes. You could use coffee, which was ground for a percolator, in a plunger though.
We don’t recommend you keep coffee in the fridge. Every time you take it out of the fridge, condensation forms on the beans, which in effect means that you add water to the beans. Rather keep it in the pack or glass, in a cupboard, out of direct sunlight. This will ensure the freshest coffee.
To gauge which roasts are right for your taste preferences, pay close attention to the color of the beans. Typically, the darker a bean is roasted the stronger its brewed taste will be. French roasted beans are dark but Italian roasted beans by far produce the darkest and strongest coffee.
When brewing coffee that will end up iced, make it extra-strong. Use up to two tablespoons of ground coffee for every four ounces of water. This ensures that your coffee will not taste diluted or watered-down once you pour it over the ice. Never pour hot coffee into a cold glass, however; allow it to cool first.