Coffee is essential in our lives. 2.25 billion cups of coffee are made and drunk daily, and it is the second most traded good worldwide (first is oil). Many people can get by drinking instant coffee, and some people, which are picky coffee enthusiasts, are willing to spend a portion of their daily budget to get coffee from coffee shops prepared by a barista.
Making barista-style coffee is not that hard if we decide to make it ourselves, and with some effort, we can enjoy the best coffee that is cheap and is available at the comfort of our homes. Here are five tips on how we can make our barista-style coffee.
Roasted Coffee Beans
Most people buy powdered coffee from a supermarket, but we can get a much better coffee if we buy freshly roasted coffee beans at our local coffee shop. Search for roasted coffee beans suppliers online to order from and ensure the freshness of these beans.
Roasted coffee that is freshly roasted should be put aside for five days before using them. Ask your local coffee bean supplier on when were the beans roasted.
You must consume the coffee beans within three weeks; otherwise, you will lose the delicious natural flavor of the coffee. There are two types of coffee beans: Robusta and Arabica. Robusta coffee is frequently used for instant coffee, while Arabica coffee is the most commonly preferred bean type due to it being a higher quality coffee with its distinct stronger and richer aromatic taste.
Quality Coffee Grinder
Good quality grinders, either burr or blade grinders, are used to get the best coffee because it gives us consistent grind sizes, unlike ordinary quality grinders, which will provide you with different grind sizes. Grind sizes will affect the flavor of the coffee during the coffee brewing process. If you don’t have any quality grinders at home, you can ask your supplier to grind the beans for you.
Coffee needs to be kept at a dry and cool place away from direct sunlight. Exposure from elements will affect the flavor of your coffee if not correctly stored.Keep your coffee in a container that is airtight and place it in an area where you usually keep your dry goods like sugar, spices, and sauces.
Correct Water Brewing
Ninety percent of your coffee is made from water, which is an essential factor in the quality of your coffee. Using tap water for our coffee is the worst thing we can do because tap water contains impurities like metals, salts, and minerals. These can affect the taste of your coffee because of the distinct flavor of the water alone. It is recommended to use filtered water to filter out the minerals from tap water, but if this is not possible for some, using bottled water is also possible.
Brewing at the Right Temperature
The rule-of-thumb for coffee brewing is to use a cooler temperature for roasted coffee beans that are darker because scalding hot water can make the brew taste more burnt/bitter. The ideal water temperature depends on the coffee grind if it is coarse or fine while the brewing method, either using a French press or Moka pot, depends on how dark or how roasted the coffee beans are.