It takes time and energy to find a great cup of espresso these days. If you know of a perfect coffee shop, you are one of the lucky ones. But, did you know that you can easily make a perfect cup of coffee on your own from home?
Here are 6 simple steps that you can take to produce the perfect cup of coffee every time.
Start with quality
One of the most critical aspects of coffee drinking is the grade of coffee that you start with. If you have a favorite blend, then purchase the whole bean variety. If you can do this, it will allow you to get the freshest end result.
Purchase a quality coffee grinder. Some of the best grinders available today are easy to use and easy to clean up. By grinding your own coffee beans, you'll be able to only grind what you need, meaning that you will have virtually no waste.
Store It Right And Tight
This step is often overlooked, but it is imperative to store your coffee tightly. Air oxidizes the coffee and can cause bitterness in the final cup. Metal canisters can also enable a metallic taste to enter the coffee and nobody enjoys that!
We would recommend a plastic or ceramic air tight container for your coffee and coffee beans. Also, store it at room temperature because the moisture in the fridge or freezer can make it expire faster.
Getting To The Coffee
The espresso machine you use is also critical. No matter what style that you go with, you can extract a solid cup out of it. Especially if you take the essential steps to keeping your beans fresh in between brewing cycles.
For example, you should ensure that the espresso machine and grinder are kept clean after each use. In fact, you'll need to make sure that you detail clean it, with the assistance of descaling solution, grinder cleaner and if necessary steam wand cleaner. Your preferences will ultimately determine which style of coffee coffee equipment you will use.
Even In The Water
Even the water that you use is important to not only the quality of the coffee you will get from it, but also the longevity of your espresso machine. It is essential that you use water that is free from extraneous odors or flavors that would interfere with taste. Ideal water for coffee has a TDS of 90-150 ppm.
Often, using bottled water rather than tap water will augment the quality of the coffee. Also, keep the water nice and hot. A good temperature for the water is about 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Finishing Touches
Lastly and probably the most vital aspect of getting a great cup of espresso is to make sure to enjoy your coffee when it's hot and fresh. Most coffee shops are told to keep extracted espresso for less than ten seconds, but if you're enjoying your espresso with steamed milk, such as a latte or cappuccino, then your beverage should last significantly longer.