Let's Make a Perfect Cup of Coffee

Making the perfect cup of coffee takes some time and some energy. If you do know of a perfect coffee shop, you are one of the lucky ones. But, you can make a nice cup of coffee on your own from home with Selden Café:)

Here are seven simple tips that you can use to make the perfect cup of coffee.

  1. Start with Quality Coffee - “Selden Café”. One of the most critical aspects of coffee drinking is the grade of coffee. If you have a favorite flavor, then purchase whole beans in that flavor. The Whole Bean is the freshest option.

  2. Grind away. 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 complete freshness in your coffee.

    If you buy whole bean coffee, the rule of thumb, for maximum freshness is to grind your beans as close to the brew time as possible. A burr or mill grinder is considered the best option because the coffee is ground to a consistent size. A blade grinder is the least favorable option because some coffee will be ground more finely than the rest.

    Additionally, if your coffee tastes bitter, your ground may be too fine. On the contrary, if your coffee tastes flat, your grind may be too coarse.

  3. Store It Right And Tight. It is very important to store your coffee tightly. Air oxidizes the coffee and can make the coffee get bitter quickly. Metal canisters can also enable a metal taste to get into the coffee, making it taste bad. The best solution is to use a plastic or ceramic airtight container for your coffee and coffee beans.

    Avoid clear canisters which will allow light to compromise the taste of your coffee. Also, make sure to store the coffee at room temperature because the moisture in the fridge or freezer can make it go bad faster.

  4. The Maker. The coffee maker that you use is also critical. No matter what style you go with, you can get a good cup of coffee out of it if you take the essential steps to keep it fresh. For example, you should insure that the coffee maker is kept clean after each use. In fact, you'll need to make sure that you detail clean it, with the assistance of vinegar, every so often as well. Your preferences will ultimately determine which style of coffee maker you will use.

    • Check out our blog article “Which coffee brewing method suits you?” for more in-depth information about different coffee brewing methods.

  5. Water. The water that you use is central to the quality of the coffee you will get from it. It is essential that you use water that is free from chlorine and minerals. 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.

    • Coffee-to-Water ratio

      The general standard is 1-2 Tbsp of coffee for every 6 oz of water. For the French press, use 2 Tbsp per 6 oz of water.

  6. Supply The Right Amount of Coffee. It is also essential for you to use the right quantity of coffee beans and coffee grounds in the maker. Too many and you will have a very strong cup of coffee and too few will be too weak. Follow the directions provided by the coffee producer for the best cup of coffee.

    • The standard measure for brewing coffee of proper strength is 2 level tablespoons per 6-ounce cup or about 2 3/4 tablespoons per 8-ounce cup.

  7. Timing. Make sure to enjoy your coffee when it is hot and fresh. Most restaurants are told to keep coffee on for less than thirty minutes, but at home, the best coffee is the coffee that hasn't sat for more than twenty minutes.

    These tips should help you make that perfect cup of coffee. Good luck and enjoy it!

    Source: National Coffee Association

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