Brewing Great Coffee at Home

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Brewing Great Coffee At Home – Why Home Coffee Taste Bad

Before we get into Coffee Brewing Methods, let’s talk about why the coffee you’re preparing may be BAD and what you can do to fix it.

First, start with fresh beans. Coffee does not have an infinite shelf life, the second those beans leave the roaster, they begin to lose flavor. For every 24 hours you leave coffee exposed to air at room temperature, it loses 10% of its shelf life. That’s a ton of flavor loss. Buy what you need for the next week or two. And remember to look for a roast date instead of an expiration date on your coffee label.

Second, our grind is too big/small. The grind of your beans can make a huge difference in the flavor of your coffee. Coffee grounds need to be soluble enough to impart good flavor but insoluble enough to stay out of your filter system. You have to know which grind goes with what brewing method which we’ll cover when we talk about specific brewing methods.

Third, you’re brewing too much coffee. Just like buying coffee beans in bulk, brewing coffee in bulk isn’t a great idea either. It may seem like it’ll save you time later, but coffee is best when it’s fresh out of the pot. Be sure you’ve measured the correct amount of coffee for the brewing method you’re using.

The coffee is low quality.  Robusta coffee is less complex and less flavorful than Arabica coffee, so that’s something to consider if you find Robusta beans don’t quite meet your tastes.

Your temperature is wrong. It might seem arbitrary to the untrained eye, but we’ll never get tired of championing the perfect temperature for brewing coffee. We recommend 205°F (96°C) for any cup of coffee.

Why? You want your water hot but not boiling. Too hot and you could destroy volatile oils and the subtler flavors of your beans. Too cool and your coffee will come out under extracted… which is weak and not a great way to start your day.

Your equipment is dirty.  If you don’t know how to clean a coffee maker, now’s the time to learn. That’s because we tend to only think about the coffee pot and the filter area.

Just when was the last time you cleaned the reservoir of your drip coffee maker? If you don’t remember, it might be time to do a proper wash of your coffee gear.

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