How to Brew Coffee at Home
There is nothing wrong with Kcups, they are widely accepted and meet most people’s needs. But if you are looking how to take the next step, this is a good read for you.
Kcups are generally used for their variety and convenience they provide. It’s easy to make just one cup, especially when you are on the go, but if you are wanting to take your coffee game to another level let us provide you with some tips, tricks, and myth busters to make the process easier!
So the common rule of the thumb is the fresher the bean the better the coffee and this is true! But a big myth buster we would like to tackle here is… freezing your coffee does not make it last longer. It will only alter the taste. It’s best to get a smaller quantity of beans more frequently than stocking up for a long period of time.
Now the next question is…. when, where, and how do you grind the beans? It’s usually best to grind them right before you are going to brew, but what if you don’t have a grinder? Almost all coffee shops can assist with grinding your beans for you. Having them do it with one of their grinders is extremely beneficial because they will most likely have burr grinders which can grind the beans perfectly and uniformly for whatever coffee maker you are using, whether it’s a french press, chemex, aeropress, or a traditional flat bottom. There are even specific grinds for cold brewing, where you want it to be almost as course as possible, and espresso machines that tend to require a much finer grind.
Another option is buying a small, affordable grinder. These typically do not have settings based on your coffee maker but it will ensure that you are grinding them just before you start to brew and this will help with freshness as well. A lot of small at home grinders do not come with blade settings so a quick guide would be 5-10 seconds for course grinds (french press), 10-15 seconds for medium course (drip and pour overs) then 30 seconds for a fine grind (espresso).
Finding the perfect brew, coffee maker, and grind that works for you is key. It’s fun to experiment with different roast and ways to brew coffee to see which is your favorite.