When you love coffee, a bad cup of coffee is really bad. Don’t get me wrong, bad coffee is better than no coffee at all, but when you’re in the mood for a cup of something really strong, hot, and delicious that is going to replenish your soul, anything less than the best coffee just isn’t going to do. (I know, 1st world problems!!).
But making great coffee is easier than you think. Here are a 3 quickÂ and easy tips to make your coffee great.
- Use cold water.Â
It’s important to use fresh, cold water when you’re boiling the kettle to make your coffee. I know it might be tempting to use the hot tap to speed things up, but trust me, fresh cold water is THE way to go. If you want to get super fancy, you can use filtered water, but it’s not necessary.
Basically, if your water is sitting around in a hot water tank for age, waiting to be used, it’s lost a lot of it’s oxygen and has become stagnant. It’s the oxygen that helps it boil, and brings out the flavours of the coffee beans.
Once your water has come to the boil, let the water settle for a few minutes (90 seconds to 2 minutes) to let the temperature drop ever-so-slightly. If it’s just boiled, you risk scalding the coffee and it’s essential oils, which can have a bit impact on the flavour.
- Use freshly ground beans.
It’s really important to grind your coffee beans right before you use them. As I just mentioned above, the oils from the beans add to the depth of flavour. When you grind the beans in advance (or buy them ready-ground) the essential oils change in response to the air (or “oxidise”) and can evaporate, resulting in a flatter, less flavourful coffee experience. You also want to use more coffee than you think you’ll need. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to brew strength, but generally, slightly more ground coffee in the pot is better than not enough.
- Keep it hot.
Personally, there is nothing worse than a cup of lukewarm coffee. Once it loses it’s heat, I always feel rushed to get through it while there is still a little warmth in it.
“What are the best ways to keep it warm?”, you ask? You can use hot milk for starters. If you heat up the milk before adding it to your coffee, it won’t cool your brew down. It also lends a lovely flavour to the milk which adds to the richness of your coffee. Try it, you’ll like it!
And most importantly, keep your coffee hot while you’re making it. Use one of our beautiful Cafetiere Covers.
They are guaranteed to keep your coffee warm for up to 60% longer. You can also use one of our gorgeous cup covers on your mug (or if you’re out and about!). The heat reflective lining keeps your coffee at the perfect drinking temperature so that you can enjoy your coffee, just how you like it, for longer.
Try these 3 easy steps, and I promise you, you’llÂ be amazed at what a difference 3 little steps can make.