Are you a coffee guru? Maybe you’d like to become one. Learning how to brew great coffee at home can be a great way to save money, perfect a skill, and learn a lot about the most loved drink in the world. Follow these steps to brew the best cup of Colombian coffee at home every day of the week.
1. Buy Good Coffee
It all starts with the bean! You can’t brew a great cup of coffee is you don’t buy good coffee. Watch out for single-origin brands that off you the ability to taste small, recently roasted batches of quality beans. Then, be sure you take care of your coffee. Prevent as much oxygen and light from entering the bag, and if you can, store it in a container with a rubber-gasket seal.
2. Don’t Refrigerate Your Beans
So you’ve bought quality Colombian coffee beans online. They’ve arrived and you’ve opened the bag. What do you do now? For starters, never refrigerate your coffee beans! Roasted coffee beans are porous by nature, which means they’ll soak up all of the smells of the other foods you have in your fridge. Gross. You just have to keep your roasted coffee at room temperature in a tightly sealed container away from direct light and you’ll be fine.
3. Brew With Quality Water
You wouldn’t make a delicious sangria with low-quality wine, would you? Then why would you make a delicious Colombian coffee with low-quality water? Tap water that is filled with chlorine and other non-natural flavors can greatly affect the taste of your coffee. Mineral water is a great choice when brewing a cup of joe, as they’re essential to a flavor-filled coffee.
4. Decide on Your Brew Method
Have fun with this part! While Colombians prepare their coffee using various methods, you should play around with your favorite brewing method to find your favorite taste. A French press is going to have a different taste than a Chemex-brewed coffee, while the traditional alarm clock-triggered machines offer a convenience that the others don’t necessarily.
5. Measure Your Coffee
The most common measurement using for brewing coffee that is about average strength is 2 leveled tablespoons per 6-ounce cup you’re going to drink. If your mug is a little bigger, around 8 ounces, you can use 2 ¾ tablespoons.
6. Watch the Heat
Did you know that water can actually get too hot while brewing coffee? Yep, if you’ve got the heat turned up too much, the water will extract certain flavors that are bitter in taste. If you can measure the temperature of your brew, try to go for about 200°F. After it’s heated, never reheat it.
7. Keep Your Utensils Clean
Regardless of your brew method of choice, you’ll want to ensure you’re cleaning it regularly to get rid of coffee deposits and other buildup. White vinegar and cold water are a great mix. If you’re using a traditional pot, you can fill it with 3 cups of white vinegar and 6 cups of cold water, then set the machine to brew water-only for two cycles. Do this monthly to keep it clean so as to not affect the taste of your quality Colombian coffee!