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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. 
Becoming a Coffee Taster | Coffee Tasters

Becoming a Coffee Taster | Coffee Tasters 0

Becoming a coffee taster isn't as easy as it may seem. Sure, you may love coffee and be able to make mental notes about which coffee you like and why, but becoming a coffee taster is a career that requires a delicate palette, great taste buds and a good knowledge of the science and art of making great coffee. Becoming a coffee taster is a lot like any professional who tastes food and beverage products for a living.

Think of becoming a coffee taster in a similar way to tasting great wines for much of it is the same process. There's a lot more to it than just drinking coffee, that's for sure. Becoming a coffee taster requires you to sample each batch of roasted coffees, letting the roaster know what adjustments need to be made, tweaking the blends and often buying the coffee in smaller concerns.

Becoming a coffee taster takes years of experience, often serving under the tutelage of a professional coffee taster. As an apprentice, you can learn from the best, making the process of becoming a coffee taster a more fruitful undertaking. If you're interested in becoming a coffee taster, you may want to check out the International Institute of Coffee Tasters.

It is a nonprofit association that is dedicated to those interested in becoming a coffee taster, offering courses and training on the art and science of coffee tasting. The association has helped 6,000 people in becoming a coffee taster worldwide. They have also overseen the development of the perfect taster cup for espresso and have a certificate program for Espresso Italiano Specialists.

Those interested in becoming a coffee taster and even moving to the level of Professional Master of Coffee Science and Sensory Analysis will find the association a real godsend. The course covers everything, from production and tasting the product to ensuring that customers have the maximum flavor experience. If you're thinking about becoming a coffee taster, here are some recommendations. Love coffee. As a coffee taster, you may sample 300 cups a day. You have to love all the nuances of coffee, otherwise becoming a coffee taster will be a total waste of your time.

Work in a coffeehouse.

This is a great way to learn about the different roasts and regions. If you are interested in becoming a coffee taster, you may want to opt for an independent coffeehouse. A national chain may not have the diversity of blends, roasts and preparations. Find a professional taster who will mentor you. This is perhaps one of the best ways to get your foot in the door. Contact the professional taster directly and create a relationship before asking to be mentored.

Coffee Tasting Techniques

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Coffee tasting techniques can really enrich your appreciation for the bean. Professional coffee tasters (yes, some people get to make their living tasting coffee) used a standard set of coffee tasting techniques that ensure a consistent rating of different coffees. Of course, you don't have to use professional-level coffee tasting techniques at home to sample different coffees, But you can adapt them for your own use.

Coffee tasting techniques can really enrich your appreciation for the bean. Professional coffee tasters (yes, some people get to make their living tasting coffee) used a standard set of coffee tasting techniques that ensure a consistent rating of different coffees. 

And tasting coffee using these coffee tasting techniques can greatly expand your knowledge of coffee and why certain coffees taste better. Here are the coffee tasting techniques the professionals use, adapted for home use:

  1. Start by setting out one glass and one cup for each type of coffee you will be tasting. Write the type of coffee on a sticky note and place it on the bottom of the cup so you know what you were tasting later on.
  2. Measure the beans. A good rule of thumb: .46 ounces (12 grams) of coffee for each 6.5 oz. of boiled water is adhering to established coffee tasting techniques.
  3. Proper coffee tasting techniques require that you use fresh, filtered water. Do not use tap water when cupping coffee.
  4. Grind your coffee, then pour it into the cup. Be sure you clean the grinder between grinds so there isn’t any cross contamination.
  5. Smell the coffee. This is one of the important coffee tasting techniques as it allows you to make notes about the smell of each sample before water is introduced. Write down any impressions you get.
  6. Once the water comes to a boil, remove it from the heat. Let it set 25 seconds before you pour. Start with from left to right (assuming the first coffee you ground is on the far left).
  7. This is one of the most important coffee tasting techniques. Pour the water slowly over the grounds in the first cup. Start a timer. Professional coffee tasting techniques require that you let four minutes pass before you go to the next step.
  8. Time to sample. By now there's a crust of grounds on the top of the sample cup. Take you spoon and puncture the crust. Get your nose down into the cup and inhale. Proper coffee tasting techniques call for you to start at the side of the cup closest to you, slowly dragging the spoon to the back as the grounds are pushed aside.
  9. Do this for each cup. Do not use the same spoon. If there are more than one of you perfecting your coffee tasting techniques, each one should repeat this step as they move down the line.