The Rules of Making a Great Cup of Coffee
David Lynch has been quoted saying “even a bad coffee is better than no coffee at all.”
Well, he’s wrong. Dead wrong. There is nothing better, in my opinion, that a perfectly made hot, fresh cup of coffee. It can completely change your perspective, making you feel more alert, positive and productive, while a bad cup of coffee can ruin your day.
At Supreme Coffee Machine, we are all about great coffee. We think if more people drank good coffee, the world would be a better place.
To make the world a better place, we have put together some rules on making coffee that tastes less like something you might find at the bottom of an engine block and more like an elixir from heaven.
So if you’ve struggled in mastering the art of making great coffee, check out our tips listed below.
Is your coffee tasting a little funky? It might be because you’re not cleaning your machine well enough or as regularly as required. Coffee residue – the oily waste product of coffee, is bad news. It’s a perishable item and starts to go rancid very quickly.
Anything that comes into contact with coffee – that means your machine, your filter basket, your grinder, your cup, even your spoon, needs to be cleaned after each use with warm water and detergent to stop it spoiling future brews. If you want your coffee to taste better, be vigilant with your cleaning process. If you don’t mind your coffee tasting on the sour side, by all means, keep doing what you’re doing!
Buy good coffee
Always buy fresh beans. Try and only buy enough for a few weeks, as any contact with the air causes the beans to gradually perish and become stale, which affects the taste of the coffee. Only grind what you use as the beans stay fresher longer than ground coffee.
The quality of the beans is important too. Many things can go wrong in the journey from the coffee plant to your cup (i.e. over roasting the beans), so you want to get yours from a quality, trusted supplier. At Supreme Coffee Machines, we exclusively provide the popular blend Súcoma, which is Arabica beans roasted by our team.
Coffee to water ratio
Ever seen a barista weigh the coffee on a scale? That’s a sign they know what they are doing, because they are trying to get the brewing ratio right, which is the amount of coffee in proportion to the water used. Visual estimation works as well, but measuring it out is far more accurate.
Even though you can use a fixed brewing chart ratio, it’s best to experiment a little to get the flavour and intensity that you like.
Source of water
The quality of the water you’re using affects the taste of the coffee. It makes sense when you consider that coffee is mostly water. If you’re using a coffee machine at home, then tap water would be fine, if you’re not then at least use a good filtration system to remove any contaminates or other products that can change the taste of the water.
Bottled spring water is the best option. Do not use distilled water, as the minerals have been removed, which are essential in the extraction process.
The optimal temperature to brew coffee is between 91 and 96 degrees Celsius. Any more than that and the coffee will burn. Any less and the water will not extract properly.
The grind should match the brewing process. If you’re using an espresso machine, finely ground coffee is the way to go, however, don’t ground it too finely or you’ll find that the coffee comes out bitter. Coffee that is too coarse doesn’t extract properly, causing the coffee to taste weak.
We hope that these simple coffee tips help drastically improve your next cup!