Ah, the smell of home brewed coffee in the morning can’t be beat. That first freshly brewed cup awakens many from a morning stupor in an effort to jump start your day. Often, people have their own routine when it comes to home brewed coffee, with exact preferences on how many scoops of coffee paired with just the right amount of water. But what, specifically, makes a cup of coffee superior? It all starts with high-quality coffee beans.
Where Do Your Beans Come From?
Where the coffee beans originate can affect the taste and quality of the coffee. According to Fortunes Gourmet Coffees, soil, altitude, and climate are all specific regional factors that affect the flavor of the beans you buy. From body to acidity, many factors come into play. For example, Latin American beans feature a sweet and light body yet with a high acid content. Pacific Island and Indonesian beans tend to have a low acidity, and high body punctuated by earthy and herbal flavors.
The Right Coffee Maker is Key
This doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on a coffee maker, but investing in a good quality machine will make all the difference. If you go the inexpensive route and buy a $10 coffee maker, your coffee may end up tasting like plastic. Brewing a big pot of coffee in the morning and letting it sit on the warming plate throughout the day will also contribute to a bad, burned taste to your coffee. Fresh brewed is always best. You also have to be diligent about cleaning your coffee maker, grinder, French press, or espresso machine on a regular basis. A dirty coffee maker will alter the quality of the taste significantly.
Use Good Quality Water
It is important to consider the quality of the water you’re filling your coffee maker with. Whether you have city water or well water, use your preference in your coffee as well. if you experience a funny after taste in a simple glass of water and prefer bottled spring water, your coffee maker should not be filled with water from a different source? You may be able to detect anything from chlorine to metals in your water, so using filtered water or even spring water instead can drastically change the flavor.
Stale Beans Could Be To Blame
Roasted coffee beans, when exposed to oxygen, can become stale very quickly if not stored properly and used fairly quickly. Keep your fresh beans away from moisture, light and heat, which means you should keep them in some sort of airtight container within a cool dark pantry (never the fridge though!). In addition, you should always freshly grind your beans before brewing your coffee to make sure you experience the absolutely freshest cup possible.
You’ll have to experiment with the right roast for you. If you feel your coffee is tasting bitter, it could be the quality of the bean roast. Not all beans are roasted the same way with the same aromas. Make sure you buy beans that have been properly roasted rather than burned. Start with a high-quality bean and you will be sure to enjoy a tasty brew cup after cup.