Coffee - What You Need For Making A Great Cup

By: Allison Thompson

Of all the beverages that people drink around the world today one of the most popular is coffee. For some people actually drinking coffee each morning is necessity as the caffeine contained within it provides a good kick start for them. Yet for those people who really do enjoy a great cup of coffee then they find that nothing tastes better than one which has been freshly made. But as well as tasting great the smell of freshly brewed coffee will soon have anyone salivating. If you want you can go to one of the many coffee houses that have now opened up in towns around the globe or you can try making it for yourself instead (that's if you have the time).

However if you really want to produce a great tasting coffee every time when you start brewing it up you need to use only the freshest and finest ingredients possible. But when it comes to buying the right kind of coffee not only does your local supermarket have a ready supply of coffee beans and grounds in store, but there are lots of specialty shops now open as well. It is important that the coffee beans you use in your coffee are not more than 6 months old as unfortunately as coffee grows older it does not improve with age compared to a good quality bottle of wine.

The best quality coffee beans and ground coffee you can buy today will be made using Arabica coffee and all the beans will have been hand picked. Whilst a lot more of the commercial made coffees which are available and which are cheaper than gourmet brands unfortunately do not have the taste or texture that Arabica coffee can offer.

In order to make commercial grade coffee instead of the beans being picked by hand they are picked using a machine. Which often results in many imperfections during the process of the beans ground down as often other substances such as twigs and leaves from the coffee plants will also end up in the machine as well.

Today you will find that when it comes to choosing a gourmet coffee that you can use at home there are many different flavors to be had from various different areas of the world. Each area of the world that grows coffee has its own unique flavor and the processes that they use to prepare the beans for using in making coffee will determine just exactly what taste you get when you brew the ground coffee. It is the roasting process which will ultimately determine just what kind of flavor the coffee you choose to drink has.

When it comes to you making a great cup of coffee for yourself you will need to start completely from scratch. Therefore the first thing you need to do and what I recommend is to purchase a good quality coffee grinder so that you can buy the beans then grind them for yourself. Today you can choose between either a manual or electric grinder for getting your coffee grounds, personally I prefer to use a manual one. Simply because no heat is caused which thus helps to reduce the amount of oil that is loss from the beans as they are ground down. It is the oil in the beans which further helps to provide the taste to the coffee you are drinking, the more fresher the grounds you use the more tastier the coffee you drink will be. Along with a good quality grinder you also need to get a good quality coffee maker as well. A search of the internet will provide you with advice and help on which is the best to buy.

When it comes to making a cup of coffee using your coffee maker the first thing you need to do is thoroughly clean it out and then allow it to dry. Once the machine has been cleaned and dried the first stage of making coffee is to place cold water into the reservoir. Never use warm or hot water as this will result in the coffee brewing too quickly and not enough of the flavor from the grinds will be able to get through. It is best that when using either freshly ground or pre-ground coffee beans you allow 2 tablespoons of these to each cup of water. If you do not put enough coffee in to the machine you will find that the coffee has a weak taste, but too much and the coffee will often taste bitter.

So if you really want to save yourself money and still be able to have great tasting coffee similar to what you can get in places like Starbucks. Then it may be worth your while investing a little of your money in a good quality coffee machine and grinder and purchase the best type of coffee beans that you can possibly afford.

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