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Six Steps To Making The Perfect Cup Of Coffee

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Brewing the perfect cup of coffee is a skill which demands attention to detail, experience and great care.


And judging from the amount of unemptied mugs that linger in offices up and down the country, it is a skill that many still have failed to master.

So, without further ado, here are six essential tips to put you on the path to coffee heaven and make those bitter, barely swilled cups a thing of the past.

If you really want to fix the problem though, then why not order a Cafe2U van to your office or event and let us take care of your coffee needs!

Choose The Right Coffee

This first step might sound rather obvious – but it is something that many coffee drinkers fall foul of.

Don’t make the mistake of choosing a coffee because it’s cheap, looks interesting, has a high caffeine content, or someone else has told you it’s the best one on the market – choose a coffee because YOU like the taste!

Narrow down your dream coffee by doing a tasting in your local coffee shop or signing up to a subscription service.

There are also several excellent guides online which can help you on your coffee quest.

Keep your Coffee Beans Fresh

To get the best out of your coffee beans, it is imperative that you keep them stored in an airtight container, and once opened if not in an airtight container they are best used within 3-4 hours.

Experts recommend ceramic storage crocks with rubber gasket seals or glass canning jars, but Cafe2U only open what they know they will use that session.

Keep the beans stored at room temperature and never freeze or refrigerate.

Clean Water

When making a cup of coffee it is very important that you use clean filtered water.

Unfiltered water contains chemicals which can alter the flavour of the coffee, so make sure you use a filter to ensure the perfect coffee drinking experience.

Hot Water

Research has shown that the perfect water temperature for brewing coffee is between 90 – 96 degrees Celsius.

Therefore, when brewing by hand, it is essential to wait 10 – 15 seconds after the boil and/or use a thermometer.  

Better still use a quality espresso machine, the UNIC espresso machine.

Remember that reheating - or prolonged holding on a warming platform – will cause even the finest coffee to become bitter and taste horrible.

Water to Coffee Ratio  

Although this ratio can often differ depending on your preferred style of brewing coffee, for this answer we will assume you are making coffee without the aid of an espresso machine, and many experts recommend that the best place to start is with roughly six ounces (177.4ml) of water to every two tablespoons of coffee.

Use this as the starting point to make personal adjustments – but remember, too thin and it will lack body; too thick and it will lack depth.

Keep your Equipment Clean

Probably the most overlooked aspect of all coffee making…

Ensure that you are cleaning your coffee making equipment (containers, cups, grinders, etc) every few weeks to prevent any oily buildup that may occur.

In addition, it is a good idea to clean your coffee maker every month with a solution of a specialist cleaning agent to get rid of any mineral deposits.

So, there we have it, six simple steps which you can easily apply to your coffee making routine to improve your daily morning brew.

If you have any other top tips for brewing the perfect cup of coffee, remember to get in touch with us and let us know!

If you really want to fix the problem though, then why not order Cafe2U to your office or event and let us take care of your coffee needs!

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