Coffee making is an intricate art that goes beyond the gastronomic delight. Mechanically, there are coffee makers that press and extract the ground beans that result to a refreshing beverage well favored by all. Coffee makers are just machines that do the grinding and the extraction, sure, there are expensive designs that promise better tasting beverage, however it is not always about the brand; most of the time, it is the coffee treatment that gets it. To achieve the full coffee flavour, it is also necessary to know a few expert tips.
Keeping the coffee beans in airtight containers should be an utmost practice to prevent moisture from affecting the bean’s quality and shelf life. Beans come from different regions and named after which for a reason. Different growing conditions also mean difference in acidity, taste and aroma. The beans are packed to ensure that the characteristics stay intact until its best before date. Most often, consumers who purchase the beans only get to experience the full flavour on the first brew; this is because they often fail to keep the packet sealed or leave it in the refrigerator. Doing so destroys the molecular components of the beans and makes the coffee hard and dry.
Although it could prove to be convenient, it is better not to grind the beans if one does not intend to brew it in an hour. There are facilities in supermarkets that provide coffee grinding services at the time of purchase. Some commercial coffee chains that sell whole beans may also grind the whole packet for the customer. However, this will result to unpleasant coffee flavour. Coffee releases and activates its enzymes and breaks down its molecules when it is ground.
This activity makes the coffee bold, full flavored and creamy. The break down process happens quickly and the molecules either dry up or evaporate when it is exposed to air. Pre-ground coffee tastes flat and bitter when brewed. Always grind the coffee when it is about to be brewed to ensure that all the good things are intact to be enjoyed.
Before grinding the beans, take the time to know the grinder grade or level. There are various levels of coffee grinding which result to different flavours. Too coarse may not be great for a French press, too fine is not good for a Columbia roast and an espresso maker. Coffee packages provide grinding and brewing instruction so make sure to read before discarding it, or better yet, keep the label.
Buying a coffee maker is just one of the many things one can do to improve the morning caffeine intake. Try to treat coffee making with a holistic approach. Find the best roast for one’s taste and purchase the most suitable coffeemaker for it. Learn about its grinding technique and discover the different results of each by also applying the accurate water temperature. Finally, realize that by applying all these simple tips, one has become a true coffee connoisseur at home with a discerning taste and smell.