8 golden rules for keeping coffee special at home
14 Jan 2018
Making a good cup of coffee at home is not as complicated as people make it out to be. In fact, you only need to remember a few fundamental rules to make good coffee at home. The more rules you follow the better your brew will be. Adhere to them all, and your coffee at home will be exceptional. Here are a few golden rules I like to encourage people to follow to ensure they keep it special at home.
Rule #1 Get your coffee fresh from a professional roasterThe grocery store is one of the worst places to buy coffee. No really, it is. You have no idea how long ago it was roasted. Coffee starts to expire immediately after it's been roasted, so you want to be buying the freshest coffee you can get your hands on. You should only buy coffee that was roasted recently and that only comes from a professional roaster.
Rule #2 Buy your coffee every few weeksNot only does coffee begin to expire as soon as it's been roasted, but it will go stale in a matter of weeks. Since your local roaster probably roasted your coffee a few days to a week before you buy it, don't get more than you need for one or two weeks. If you make two coffees per day each day of the week, a bag of 225 - 250g will last you about one week. So buy one a week or two bags a fortnight. Don't stockpile your coffee. If you want a really simple way to get fresh coffee, we can conveniently deliver it to your door each fortnight with our home subscriptions here. The 450g per fortnight option is really good value which includes free shipping.
Rule #3 Buy your coffee as whole beansNot only does coffee expire as soon as it's roasted, but ground coffee expires at a faster rate than whole bean coffee. When coffee is ground it is broken down and goes stale very fast. So if you want the best cup of coffee possible, only grind as much coffee as you need for the coffee you are about to make.
Rule #4 Use a burr grinderThe quality of the grind is super important to the quality of your brew. It really pays to use a good grinder. You can read a few reviews and buy a good electric grinder, or you can spend a bit less and buy a hand mill grinder such as the Porlex Grinders. We highly recommend the Porlex Grinder and have them for sale here.
Rule #5 Keep your coffee beans in an airtight container at room tempAs is the case with anything perishable, air, light and moisture is the enemy of coffee. So keep your coffee away from these element. The best place is in an airtight container in the cupboard, away from the oven. Also try to keep coffee at room temperature. Do not keep your coffee in the fridge or freezer. Coffee has the uncanny ability to absorb nearby scents and your fridge and freezer are full of those. If you do store your coffee in the fridge it will affect the flavor of your coffee. Coffee is hygroscopic by nature and will always absorb moisture, aromas and flavors from its immediate environment.
Rule #6 Invest in good brewing equipmentYour gear is really important and will affect the outcome of your brew. So try and buy good quality gear. For example, our Aeropress Brewers are only $50.00 and they make a seriously great brew. You may also want to check out other brewing equipment here.
Rule #7 Keep everything cleanUse soap & water to clean everything that comes into contact with the coffee, and then rinse well. Coffee is oily and its residue will stay on everything. That residue is perishable just like coffee, and if left will go stale and affect the flavor of your coffee.
Rule #8 Boiling water ruins coffeeBoiled coffee is spoilt coffee. Never let boiling water come into contact with coffee. When you're preparing your coffee, give the boiling water a moment to cool down before pouring or dripping it onto the coffee. And that my friends is it. I hope these 8 rules help you brew delicious coffee at home. If you want to read more check out the other articles on our blog.
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