Top Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Coffee
Who doesn’t love coffee?
If you are a caffeine junkie and couldn’t start your day without a warm cup of coffee, then this article is for you. There are a few ways that can immediately improve the quality of your coffee, especially when you are using a top-of-the-line coffeemaker like Odette.
Enjoying high quality coffee requires some form of investment. After all, coffeeshops do not just settle for instant, mass-produced coffee granules. The thing is, how do they come up with the brew you fall in love with? Below are a few great tips to keep in mind:
- Choose whole bean coffee.
Many of us find pre-ground coffee a convenient solution to our caffeine kicks, but this isn’t actually recommended by experts. Instead, use fresh, whole beans.
The reason behind this is because coffee companies don’t always put the date as to when the beans were roasted. The pre-ground beans you can find in the store may have been sitting there for months already, thus they lack the freshness you need in your cup.
Coffee likewise hits its best flavour only a few days after being roasted, so it should be consumed not going beyond a month of its roast date.
The good thing is, there are coffee shops that offer free grinding services after you buy their whole bean varieties.
- Store the beans properly.
Aside from buying fresh beans, you need to store them properly.
Many people recommend sealing the ground beans in a vacuum container to maintain their freshness. However, you can actually keep the same aroma and flavour with a mason jar.
If you’ve got multiple sized mason jars, it’s not a bad idea to move the coffee to the most appropriately sized jar as you brew through it. A wide mouthed quart-sized jar is perfect for storing 12 ounces of coffee. As you work your way through the bag, you can downsize the jar to a pint-sized one, or even use 4-ounce jelly jars to store pre-weighed servings.
- How and when you grind matters
Brew your coffee right after grinding. This brings out most of the beans’ flavour.
Put your Odette coffeemaker to use once you have your beans ground. According to experts, coffee starts to lose its flavour just 30 minutes after being ground. So, don’t you dare miss out on your beans’ best taste!
Grind size and consistency matter quite a bit, as well. Grind too coarse and you will have a weak pot of coffee. Grind too fine and you will over-extract the coffee and it will taste bitter. Most drip coffee makers call for a medium to medium-fine grind.
- Brew your coffee at the right temperature
Many coffeemakers don’t reach optimal brewing temperature.
In this case, make sure your Odette coffeemaker gets hot enough. Do it by running the machine without any coffee and use a thermometer to gauge its temperature. Try to monitor the brewing until it reaches 195 degrees Fahrenheit.
Remember, however, not to go beyond 205 degrees, as this will burn the coffee.
It is also important to use the right water when making coffee. Using hard (or tap) water that’s full of various minerals won’t mix well with the coffee, so the flavour would be a bit raw and the intensity of the brew a bit weak. Also, the mineral content may also create residue build-up, like lime deposits on your Odette coffeemaker, which can be difficult to remove.
Experts recommend using water that comes with medium mineral content, such as lightly filtered water. This type of water bonds well with coffee particles resulting to great taste and aroma in each and every cup.