How To Brew A Great Tasting Pot Of Coffee

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I’ve talked about our love of coffee several times before. Mr Chiots and I are coffee aficionados; we drink coffee like other people drink wine, talking about the depth of flavor, the crema on the espresso right after brewing, and on and on. We were super happy to find a local source for the most wonderful micro-roasted coffee, but sadly Al quit roasting to sell and we were left sans good fresh micro-roasted coffee beans. Rather than settle for mediocre, we decided to take our normal path and simply start doing it ourselves.

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Many people think it’s hard to brew a good cup of coffee, but really it’s pretty simple. Patience and skill are all you need to make a cup of coffee that will knock your socks off. The following article may not give you patience, but it will give you the skill to create good coffee.

If you brew a large pot of coffee that will not be consumed quickly, take it off of the burner. Place it into a pre-heated storage device. When coffee is left on the burner, the taste will deteriorate quickly. A nice carafe or other storage device will eliminate this concern.

Avoid storing your coffee in the freezer. The extreme temperatures of the freezer will destroy the oils in the coffee. Instead, drink what you have or buy smaller amounts of coffee. If you do not buy too much coffee, you will not need to worry about storing it for an extended period of time.

For those of you who prefer a more medium cup of coffee, you should roast your beans for between 9 and 11 minutes but no longer than that. When they come out of the roaster they will look dry, but it produces a much sweeter taste than a mild brew.

Buy smaller cans of coffee. If you buy coffee in a can, only buy what you will consume in a couple weeks. It will cost more money than buying a large can and storing it for awhile. What you save in money by buying a larger can, you end up sacrificing in taste.

When making iced coffee, use a very dark roast. The cold temperature dilutes the flavor of the coffee and so do the ice cubes as the drink sits. If you do not use a dark roast to begin with, the iced coffee can turn out very weak and insubstantial.

If you like flavor in your coffee, try using flavored coffee syrups. These syrups are made of high-quality ingredients, and are simple to use. They make it easy to get just the right amount of sweetness and flavor, and they don’t soil your brewing equipment with a combination of smells from flavored beans.

If you have a lot of ants in your home, you can use coffee to repel them. Sprinkle dry, used grounds anywhere that you normally see them. You can brew a pot and pour it over any ant holes that you see in your yard and they will go away.

To make a good coffee, always start with fresh beans. They should look kind of oily and they should be potent. Try to avoid very dry beans, any grocery store beans, and any beans that have been exposed to air for a long time. Your best bet is to either roast beans yourself or buy them from a local roaster.

For those individuals who do not want to consume caffeinated drinks, but love the flavor of coffee, they can enjoy decaffeinated coffee. Some people do not have a problem with a little caffeine, and half-caffeine coffee is a good choice for them. There is no appreciable difference in the flavor between full and half-caffeine coffee.

When grinding your coffee at the store, use a medium grind if you plan to drip brewed coffee. A medium grind is similar to the consistency of granulated sugar. This grind is perfect for a drip brew that takes about 6 minutes. If it takes longer, use a coarser grind.

Organic Coffee

To get the cleanest taste and least negative effects from your coffee habit, consider trying organic coffee. Because coffee beans absorb the flavor of virtually everything they are exposed to, those that are processed with chemicals tend to have a muted or distorted flavor. On the other hand, organic coffee beans offer a very clean and pure brew.

Hopefully that you’ve learned more about how to create a good cup of coffee, you can see how easy it is to do. Just remember, the keys to good coffee are patience and skill. You’ve already received the skill you need from this article, so just have a little patience and start brewing.

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