Most of us start our day with a hot cup of coffee…But do you get the perfect barista brew?
Even though you may have the best coffee beans, it all comes down to how you make your coffee in a coffee maker.
Astoundingly, more than 400 million people make coffee on daily basis and, if not all, the majority has been making it the wrong way.
So, what’s the right way?
That being said; here is a simple yet a detailed guide on how to make coffee with a coffee maker.
How to Make Coffee
We’ll use an auto-drip coffee maker since it is the most popular, easiest and quickest way to make the best coffee.
Choosing The Coffee
This is the most important step since the taste and aroma will depend a lot on the type of coffee beans you choose.
Coffee consists of robusta or Arabica beans or a combination of both. The Arabica beans are quite expensive but they make the most delicious coffee.
Which Type Of Roast To Choose?
The type of roast you choose has a great effect on the taste. Here’s how the intensity of a bean roasted has an impact on the taste of coffee.
- Light Roast: These beans are light brown with a sour taste.
- Medium Roast: Medium brown beans with a rough surface with a great aroma but a bright acidity.
- Dark Roast: These beans have a shiny surface with a dark brown color and their acidity is completely faded. However, you may get a slightly bittersweet aftertaste.
- Darker Roast: The darker roast beans have a very oily surface and are black in color. They may or may not have acidity but can still fill your cup with taste.
The French or Italian roast is the darker beans and have the strongest taste. Depending on your personal preferences, go with the roast type of the beans.
Adding Water & Coffee
Once you have selected the coffee beans, the next step is filling the coffee maker pot with fresh and filtered water.
Also, pour the water in the reservoir and place the coffee pot on the heating plate.
Next, add 1 tablespoon of ground coffee to approximately six ounces of cold water. This will make a light taste. You can add another tablespoon for a strong taste.
Preparing The Coffee
Finally, close the top lid of your coffee maker and turn the switch on.
Once you heat the coffee making a sound similar to purr, that’s the time to filter out the old grinds.
An ideal temperature, as experts suggest, should be between 88-94 degree Celsius. In simple, switch the kettle off just before it starts to boil.
Though you can leave them inside this would make the coffee taste bitter.
Finally, pour the coffee into your mug, smell the aroma and take a sip. Enjoy it with cream or sugar if you like.
Here is a great video that explains how to make coffee.
Mistakes You Must Avoid While Making Coffee
Though you’ve learned how to make coffee with a coffee maker, still there are a few important things you should avoid.
1: Buying Fresh Coffee
You should refrain from buying coffee in bulk and storing it for future use. Always buy fresh beans that have been harvested within the past six months and roasted a couple of weeks ago. This is when you get the best brew.
2: Keep The Beans Away from the Fridge
Avoid storing your coffee beans in a fridge. This will dry them out. Similarly, too much air, moisture, light, and heat are also bad for the beans.
Best practice is to store the beans in a dry air tight container and place it in a cool, dark place.
3: Pre-Ground Coffee
This might seem a convenient option but I’ve experience, the best tasting coffee is the one that is ground each day. Those pre-ground coffee pouches have the staleness process started a few minutes after grinding.
4: Not Grinding Properly
Only grinding won’t help to develop the perfect taste. For the sake of an example, if you are using an espresso machine, it demands a super fine grind while a French Press requires a loose grind. Focus more on matching the grind consistency.
5: Wrong Measurement
Millions of coffee lovers usually toss a few scoops into the carafe and would complain why their coffee doesn’t taste good.
Wrong measurement or not measuring while you make coffee is probably the biggest mistake. Not only the coffee, measuring water, ensuring its filtered and maintaining the right temperature is all important.
6: Not Cleaning Properly
I know humans are lazy but at least take care of your coffee maker that serves you with a delicious cup every day.
The pot of your coffee brewer will have residue in it that will affect the taste of your coffee. This is something you must avoid. To get the best brew, clean your coffee maker at the end of the day and make sure there is no soap left inside.
7: Water Temperature
While I mentioned that you should use fresh, filtered and cold water, however; anything colder than 195-205 degree Fahrenheit or anything hotter than that will have a bad effect on the taste.
8: Using Poor Quality Water
Water is the key ingredient in preparing coffee. If you’re using water that emits strong odors or has any taste of chlorine, it will spoil your brew.
Always prefer filtered or bottled water over tap water.
9: Unsure of your Preferences
I mean how could this be…?
But if you are unsure which type you like and don’t experiment something different from time to time, you may never be able to prepare that PERFECT cup of coffee.
There are a variety of blends and roasts available on the market. Try a little of every blend and find the perfect match.
10: Being Too Lazy
Once your coffee is ready but you let it sit there for too long, it will start to lose its taste. Always brew in moderate quantity or as needed and don’t leave you coffee inside the pot for more than 15 minutes.
So, if you are one of the Americans with coffee obsession, then don’t make these mistakes.
I hope you’ve learned how to prepare a delicious steaming cup of coffee. Go give it a try and let us know about your feedback.
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