If you are someone who takes their coffee seriously, you would probably understand the importance of brewing a good cup of coffee- full of rich aroma, creme and flavour.
And if you can’t get your favourite coffee from the usual barista around the corner, you might want to make yourself a cup that just hits all the spots! And for a coffee lover who prefers to drink the beverage more than twice a day, making it yourself will also save you some cash.
Start your day with Levista coffee which is the finest Arabica and Robusta beans in the form of a well-ground and roasted Coffee.
Don’t worry, making an incredible cup of joe is easier than you think. Simple things like storing your coffee beans the right way and using some good-quality filters can prevent the odd bitterness and flavours in your coffee.
Regardless of whether you prefer a supermarket mix with a drip coffee maker or estate-grown beans with a complex brew process, all you need to do is follow these simple rules of coffee-making for a satisfying and delicious cup!
The 3 Basic Methods of Making Coffee
Before we discuss the rules to make great coffee, you need to know about the three most basic and common methods of brewing coffee. They are,
The Classic Drip Coffee Machine
Nothing beats the simplicity of making coffee in a drip coffee maker on a busy morning. All you need to do is wait and watch your coffee getting made while the machine does its job. Did you know that depending on the machine, you could make up to 12 cups of coffee a day?
If you are using whole beans, grind them to a smooth consistency similar to table salt. Place the filter-lined filter basket containing the ground coffee in the drip machine after adding the filter. Adjust the waterspout over the centre of the grounds.
Cheers to simple and great-tasting coffee!
The Pour-over Coffee Machine
The pour-over coffee machine is the best way to make a flavorful, aromatic, and complex cup of coffee. Here’s a quick overview of the process:
- After grinding whole beans in a smooth consistency, insert a filter into the brewer and rinse it with hot water.
- Make sure the surface of the filter is level before adding the grounds. Pour just enough water over the grounds to thoroughly cover them when the water is between 195°F and 205°F. Do this gently and steadily.
- Pour the remaining water into it gradually, filling the dripper halfway to three-quarters full. Now remove the filter and enjoy some amazing coffee!
The French Press
How about making coffee like a true European for the day? Here’s how to use a French press for the perfect coffee:
- First, add your ground beans to the French press. Make sure your ground beans have a consistency like breadcrumbs. They should be coarser than the pour-over method and be uniform in size.
- When your hot water is between 195°F and 205°F, add it to the French press and continue to stir it vigorously. The brewing process takes about 4 minutes, after which the press is slowly plunged to separate the coffee grinds.
- That’s it, enjoy your coffee!
Note: If you don’t plan on drinking the coffee immediately, don’t leave it in the French press for long, as it can become bitter.
7 Rules to Make the Perfect Coffee
Follow these simple and easy tips to make a fresh and flavourful cup:
- Always use fresh coffee beans
The first step to making amazing coffee is using fresh coffee beans. And coffee beans are the most fresh in the first few days of roasting. Opened coffee beans should always be kept in an airtight container. Good options include ceramic storage crocks or glass canning jars with rubber gasket sealing.
Never refrigerate roasted beans as they are porous and readily take up moisture and food odours from your refrigerator.
It’s advisable to get your coffee beans from a local roaster near you. If you can’t find one, you can try locating an online coffee roaster that can directly deliver a fresh coffee to your house. Make sure you get your beans in sturdy, vacuum-sealed bags for maximum freshness.
- Get your hands on high-quality coffee
If you are quite aware of your coffee facts, you probably know about the two most common and popular coffee beans available in the market- Arabica and Robusta. The two most popular beans available are arabica and robusta.
Arabica beans are produced more frequently, come in a greater variety of flavours, and are typically considered the “better bean.” If you are looking for a high-quality brew, go for 100% pure Arabica beans. Most gourmet coffee brands use Arabica beans for their smooth and complex flavour and aroma.
On the other hand, Robusta beans, known for their high caffeine content and harsh flavours, are more affordable than Arabica. Robusta bean is also believed to have a faint chocolate flavour and is mainly preferred for sugary and milk-based coffee drinks.
- Grind your own coffee
Usually, coffee starts to lose its quality almost immediately after the coffee beans are ground. So for the perfect cup, you can grind your beans just right before brewing your coffee. Though some coffee connoisseurs prefer grinding their beans in professional mills, it’s unnecessary. An affordable electric coffee grinder is more than enough.
A lot of trial and error is required to determine the right grind for the ideal shot of coffee. You can experiment and slightly alter the grind each time until you achieve the perfect cup of coffee with a beautiful, golden crema.
When you are familiar with your espresso maker and grinder, you can judge a decent shot of coffee by the consistency of the grind.
- Use only good-quality water at the right temperature
The type of water used presents the biggest threat to the flavour of your coffee. The flavour and quality of the coffee are destroyed by distilled water, softened water, and chlorinated water. In short, the fewer minerals in your water, the better. If you want to brew the perfect cup, use bottled spring water or tap filters with activated charcoal or carbon.
Once you get fresh water ready, you must get the temperature of the water right. For the best extraction, your coffee machine’s water temperature should be kept between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Get your extraction process right
A freshly made cup of espresso should include a layer of crema, also known as a golden-brownish foam that is produced by the high pressure of water being pushed through the coffee grinds.
It should take between 23 and 28 seconds to extract or pour. Some of the factors that influence the coffee extraction process are the ideal water-to-coffee ratio, the fineness of the grind, the coffee’s roast, and the water’s temperature.
Over-extracted coffee tastes thin and harsh, whereas under-extracted coffee tastes sour and sharp. For a better-tasting brew, you can find the strength of the coffee that suits you best.
- Keep your equipment clean
You must avoid any chance of contamination in your cup of coffee. If you have been using your coffee machine for many days without cleaning it often, it can directly affect your coffee’s flavour, smell, and freshness. When your coffee-making equipment is unclean and in poor condition, it can also affect your health in the longer run.
To prevent any oily buildup, clean storage containers and grinders every few weeks. Your drip trays, group handles, and filters need to be cleaned for this. You can run a strong vinegar solution or specialised coffee-equipment cleaner at least once a month to remove any mineral deposits.
- Stay away from cheap filters
The ultimate flavour of your brewed coffee will differ depending on the type of filtration used. Coffee filters don’t simply keep the grounds out of your coffee; they also have a fairly good capacity for absorbing the oils that accompany a particular blend. Paper or cloth filters absorb coffee oils, which gives coffee its intense flavour. The more absorption, the fewer the flavours.
Low-quality paper coffee filters naturally produce low-quality coffee. Look for dioxin-free or oxygen-bleached paper filters to ensure an excellent cup of coffee while filtering it. Alternatively, you can also use a gold-plated filter to get the most flavorful cup.
Have you tried the typical South-Indian filter coffee?
If you are a coffee lover who is keen on experimenting with different flavours and brewing methods of coffee, then you must definitely try tasting the authentic filter coffee of the South. It smells like heaven and tastes even better than that!
And if you are ever giving yourself the lucky chance to try this soul-soothing drink, make sure you get your coffee powder from Levista. Our coffees are professionally chosen, roasted, blended, ground, and mixed with chicory of the best quality in small batches to retain freshness and aroma longer. They are additionally included in packs that have one-way freshness locks.
To make filter coffee, simply put freshly ground coffee beans in the machine, add hot water, and let the coffee pass through a filter to extract only the most recent brew.
With high-grown Arabicas of the finest quality hand-selected from Coorg, Levista’s coffee powder gives you an authentic and unforgettable South Indian filter coffee experience.
Making the perfect cup of coffee can be as complicated or as simple as you like. The process could involve complicated machinery, grinders, and temperature controls.
But regardless of your level of coffee expertise, if you stick to a few basic rules, you can still create a fantastic cup of coffee, even with just a cone and filter.
To find the “perfect” cup of coffee, don’t be hesitant to experiment with different grind sizes, coffee roasts, water temperatures, and brew techniques.
And finally, don’t miss out on trying Levista’s aromatic and flavourful instant and filter coffee, made by coffee lovers, for coffee lovers.