Become a coffee guru with these simple steps for creating the perfect cup of coffee in the workplace.
Buy Fresh Coffee Beans
Your choice of coffee beans is essential to help determine the flavour profile. There are two common coffee beans types and that is Robusta and Arabica, which have their own distinct flavour profiles to help set you off. Start the brew-making process by buying fresh, Rainforest Approved coffee beans. Coffee reaches its peak flavour just days after it has been roasted, meaning coffee beans you pick up in the supermarket in jars, are less likely to be fresh, than beans you can purchase from wholesalers, or locally sourced roasters who roast in small batches.
Keep Your Coffee Beans in Storage
Make sure you are storing your coffee beans in the correct way and in vacuum sealed containers or in standard Mason jars, to keep it fresh without any hassle. Try to buy coffee beans that come in 8 ounce size bags, so you know you can get through them in record time, without losing their quality or freshness. Bags that come with zip-top seals will also suffice, to keep oxygen out. Always store them in a cool area, away from sunlight and use within two weeks.
Grind Your Own Coffee
The best tasting coffee is made from coffee beans that are ground just before brewing. Coffee begins to lose its flavour within 30 minutes of being ground and it is important that you grind on the spot. Grind size and consistency can affect the taste and quality of your coffee. If you grind beans too coarsely for example, you will end up with a weak cup of coffee. Grind too fine and you will over extract and you will have bitter-tasting coffee. It is important to maintain a medium-fine grind, using a Mignon grinder to help deliver a perfect tasting coffee.
Know How to Measure Your Coffee
Making great tasting coffee is reliant upon the amount of coffee per unit of water you measure each time you make a brew. Using a digital scale to measure allows you to better compare how much coffee and water you need to use each time. An ideal ratio of 1:20 (7.5g of coffee to 150ml of water) to make a fairly strong cup of coffee. But, there are no rules when it comes to the perfect measurement, and is dependent on your taste, and only you can decide the right balance.
Brew at The Right Temperature
To reach optimal brewing temperature of between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit you will need to invest in a high-end coffee maker. Newer, high end coffee machine models have manual temperature adjustment for your temperature brewing needs.
To make sure your coffee maker gets hot enough in the first instance you can run it without any coffee in the hopper and use a thermometer to measure the temperature. Do not exceed 205 degrees as it will end up burning your coffee.