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Tips on Brewing the Best Coffee

Tips on Brewing the Best Coffee 0

Tips on brewing the best coffee can be found on Coffee.org's website, coffee forums and passed down through family members to other coffee drinkers. These tips are helpful and can be used to improve the quality of the coffee brewed. Water quality, coffee quality and brewing processes are among the most often relayed tips on brewing the best coffee.

Tips on brewing the best coffee are handed down from one family member to another much like handing down grandma's recipes. Coffee drinkers share their coffee brewing tricks with each other in order to help the coffee community brew the very best cup of java. There are community forums on the Internet where coffee lovers share with each other their coffee brewing tips. Included here are some of those tips for brewing top quality, aromatic and tasty coffee every day.

The first and most important tip for brewing the best coffee is to make sure the coffee used is as fresh as it possibly can be. Coffee beans that are ground just prior to brewing the coffee are the best choice but when this is not possible there are top quality pre-ground coffee that comes in vacuum packed container to maintain freshness. Regardless of whether coffee beans or pre-ground coffee is used it is important that the freshness is considered.

Water quality is another important consideration that many people overlook or don't realize is important. Contaminants or additives like fluoride that are often found in city water can alter the taste of the coffee. Filtered water is a much better choice for making coffee and allowing the true coffee flavors to come through. There are coffee makers that can be purchased with water filters built-in, filtration systems that fit on water faucets or bottled water that can be used in order to insure the coffee is fresh.

Another important tip for brewing the best coffee is the ratio of coffee to water. Personal taste plays a large part in the ratio of coffee to water that is used, some people prefer a stronger coffee and they will used more coffee than those who like a weaker coffee. The average measurement is one tablespoon of coffee for every eight ounces of water and adjust based on preferences. The roast and type of coffee will also play a role in the amount of coffee used.

If a dark roasted coffee is used, the adjustment for a stronger coffee may not be needed since the coffee is roasted to be a stronger coffee. If the coffee is brewed using an automatic drip coffee maker the coffee filter basket should be removed as soon after the brewing process as possible to prevent the coffee from continuing to drip into the coffee pot and over time causing the coffee to become bitter.

The type of brewer is used also plays a large role in how the coffee tastes. Many coffee drinkers believe that the French press is the best method of coffee brewing because the essential oils in the coffee beans are not trapped by a coffee filter, they are infused into the water as the coffee steeps, creating coffee that has more of the natural coffee flavor than other brewing methods.

Tips on brewing the best coffee include many more than are listed here. Coffee forums and coffee websites offer many tips from coffee drinkers and coffee specialists. Some tips may sound odd but do work, like adding a dash of salt if the coffee is bitter or storing coffee beans in the refrigerator to keep them fresh. Over time, coffee drinkers find their own tricks of the trade that they can add to the list and help others brew the best coffee possible.

Tips on brewing the best coffee can be found on Coffee.org's website, coffee forums and passed down through family members to other coffee drinkers. These tips are helpful and can be used to improve the quality of the coffee brewed. 
Lattes | Latte | Cappuccino | What is a Latte

Lattes | Latte | Cappuccino | What is a Latte 0

Understanding Coffee Terminology: Latte or Cappuccino Reading the menu in a local coffee shop can be as difficult as tackling a new language, it is in fact a language all its own. Imagine hearing someone ask for a grande skinny mocha with a double shot. Most people would be clueless.

Understanding coffee terminology is important for ordering in a coffee shop or visiting a country like Paris where coffee is part of life. The terminology included here is a beginner's guide to speaking java jive at the coffee shop or sidewalk cafe in Paris.

  • Americano: Cafe Americano is a coffee drink made of espresso and hot water. Typically Americano is a shot or two of espresso poured into a cup that is considered American sized and then filled with water. Americano is basically a weakened espresso drink.
  • Cafe Au Lait: Cafe Au Lait is the French term for coffee and milk. This drink is two-thirds coffee with one-third steamed milk added to it.
  • Cappuccino: Many people mistake cappuccino for latte. However, the difference is that cappuccino is equal parts of steamed milk and froth mixed with espresso. It can be served in many flavors.
  • Latte: A latte is a drink made of espresso and steamed milk with only one or two spoons of frothed milk added.
  • Mocha: Mochas are lattes made with a mocha or dark chocolate flavoring added for taste.
  • Double, Triple or Quad: These terms refer to the number of shots of espresso that a coffee drink contains, two, three or four respectively.
  • Grande: In most coffee shops grande refers to a large coffee drink that typically has two shots of espresso.
  • Macchiato: A macchiato is a coffee drink made with espresso and an equal amount of frothed milk. • Double Dry Short: A double dry short is a double shot of espresso served in a short cup without any foam added.
  • Coffee granita: This is a cold coffee drink made of frozen milk that is shaved and added to espresso with sugar.
  • Espresso Breve: Simply an espresso served with half and half creamer.
  • Wet cap: When a wet cap is ordered the individual is asking for more steamed milk than they are froth.
  • Skinny: A skinny coffee drink is for dieters and people who don't want whole milk or cream. It is made with skim milk to save calories.
  • Shot: Shot simply refers to an espresso pull which is usually one ounce, when doubles or triples are ordered this means the drink has two or three pulls of espresso.
  • Chai Latte: A chai latte is a hot tea beverage that is made of a spicy black tea that has a variety of spices, including cinnamon and black pepper. Steamed milk is added to this wonderfully spicy tea.
  • Breve: Breves are coffee drinks made with half-and-half instead of milk as the creamer.
  • Espresso Con Pann: Espresso con pannas are an espresso shot, either single, double or triple that is topped with whipped cream before serving. Coffee terminology is important when ordering coffee in coffee shops around the world.

Simply ordering a cup of coffee will often result in blank stares as the barista awaits further instructions. While it is not necessary to know every term in the coffee world but it is worth knowing the basics in order to be able to order a perfect coffee drink.

Understanding Coffee Terminology: Latte or Cappuccino Reading the menu in a local coffee shop can be as difficult as tackling a new language, it is in fact a language all its own. 
Coffee Terms

Coffee Terms 0

Walking in a coffee shop to order a simple cup of coffee and hearing someone ordering a skinny, venti macchiato with a double shot is enough to give some people pause and make them wonder if they have stepped into another galaxy. In some ways popular coffee terminology is much like speaking a foreign language. Ordering a black coffee is simply not part of the terminology one hears in coffee shops today.

Some of the most popular coffee terms and their meanings are included here to help ease the ordering of a large, espresso drink with two extra shots of espresso and a small amount of non-fat milk.
  • Sizes: Tall, Smallest size, usually 12 oz., comes with one shot of espresso.
  • Grande: Medium sized, usually 16 oz., comes with two shots of espresso.
  • Viente or Vente: Large sized, usually 20 oz., comes with two shots of espresso.
  • Shot: a one ounce portion.
  • Double Shot or Doppio: Adds two shots of espresso to the ordered drink.
  • Triple shot: Adds three shots of espresso to the ordered drink.
  • Quad: Adds four shots of espresso to the ordered drink.

Drinks and other Terms Cappuccino:

Espresso with steamed milk and a lot of foam on top. Cappuccinos are stronger than latte and the number of espresso shots depends on the size ordered.
  • American: A strong espresso drink made from espresso and hot water, nothing more.
  • Espresso: A very highly concentrated shot of coffee that is often the basis for the coffee drinks in coffee shops although some people do drink them straight up. Espresso is very rich with a lingering flavor and aroma; they are topped with a natural creme that is formed during the brewing process.
  • Flavor shot: Syrup like flavoring that can be added to coffee and other drinks; it also comes in sugar free versions.
  • Latte: Espresso with more steamed milk than foam, not as strong as cappuccino.
  • Skinny: Non-fat and/or sugar free.
  • Espresso Con Panna: A serving of espresso with a small serving of whipped cream on top.
  • Espresso Macchiato: A serving of espresso with a small amount of milk foam.
  • Double dry short: Double shot of espresso in a small cup with no foam on top.