If you’re like most people, you want your coffee to not only taste great but also be very low maintenance. You shouldn’t have to put on a lab coat or break a sweat when trying to make good coffee, which is the exact reason why I’m writing this post.
You see, there are many things people do before brewing their coffee that have a negative impact on its taste. As long as you avoid these same mistakes, your coffee-making skills will be on the right track.
Use fresh water
Since coffee is over 90% water, it’s very important to use the best water you can. I’m not just talking about filtered water. I’m talking about cold water that hasn’t been sitting in your coffee maker’s reservoir for a week. So here’s your tip: only use as much water (fresh, cold, and filtered) as you need at the time of brewing. Do not use water that has been sitting in the reservoir for more than a day. While you may find it a slight nuisance to add water to your reservoir each time you brew your coffee, you will certainly notice a difference in taste.
Use freshly ground beans that are stored appropriately
Just as leaving water in your coffee maker’s reservoir is bad for its taste, leaving coffee beans anywhere but in an airtight container is something you should avoid. Only use as many beans as you need at the time of brewing, and grind them fresh. I myself have fallen victim to leaving my coffee beans in the grinder hopper. The problem with this is that it’s not airtight…so basically your coffee is getting staler with each moment that it sits there. By constantly keeping coffee in the grinder hopper you also make it inconvenient, if not impossible, to find an opportunity to clean the grinder. Your grinder should really be cleaned after every use because of all of the oils and coffee grounds that get left behind. So don’t store your beans in your grinder.
Looking for an airtight container that is great for your coffee? My favorite is this one: Planetary Design Airscape.
So there you have it…a few quick tips to get your coffee tasting better without the blood, sweat, and tears.