This one is for those of you who always love to try something new when it comes to a home-brewed cup of coffee. There are some unwritten rules on how to improve the quality of the coffee, and it doesn’t matter what kind of coffee machine you have. These single serve coffee maker reviews should help you in getting the best coffee machine on the market.
Always buy a fresh, whole bean coffee.
The beans are crucial for your coffee. Don’t buy bags of pre-ground coffee, instead get fresh beans. We suppose you’ve always wondered why so many companies don’t give you the exact date when the coffee beans were roasted. We hope you know that the stuff you find on the shelves of the grocery stores sits there for at least a month. There’s a reason why you should use the beans within a month of the roast date: after a few days from the roasting process, the flavor will reach its apogee. So look for fresh coffee, preferably in the local coffee shops. Some of them even roast the beans on the spot, and they give you details about local roasters – either way, it’s fresh, good coffee.
Store the beans properly
You need to understand how to properly store them, as this is a way to keep your coffee fresh for a longer time. A Mason jar should be enough, but if you want to be fancy, take a vacuum sealed container which has a one-way valve.
In case you have some more mason jars, with different sizes, put the coffee into the most appropriately sized jar while you brew through it. A jar with a wide mouth (about 946.35 milliliters) is more than perfect for putting 12 ounces (340 grams) of coffee. As you get through it, change the jar with a pint-sized (473.18 milliliters) one. You can also choose jelly jars of 4 ounces (or 118.29 milliliters).
The process of grinding: not so easy
To get the best flavor, grind it immediately before brewing.
It is known that coffee loses it’s flavor about 30 minutes after it’s been grind. So just grind it on the spot, moments before brewing a pot.
The grind size and the consistency should also matter to you. If you grind too coarse, you’ll get a weak pot of coffee. If the grinding is too fine, you’ll over-extract the coffee, and the taste will be bitter. You should grind it medium to medium-fine.
A quality automatic burr grinder can cost up to $100 (or £80), so you should be okay with a manual hand mill – it’s affordable, and you get a consistent grind, but you’ll need to do some of the work, too. You can also put your hands on blade grinders, but this one is a tricky one, as it produces inconsistent particle sizes, thing that leads to over-extraction.