There’s something about the wintertime that makes coffee so much more appealing. Sure, there’s iced coffee in the warmer times of the year, but that’s not the same as a nice, warm cup of coffee in the morning (or anytime, really!). I’ve found that while typical coffee makers work well to brew an average cup of coffee, they aren’t very special. It can be boring to drink the same bland cup of coffee every day, so I started searching for an easy way to take my brewing up a notch! Keep reading to see how I brew the best cup of coffee at home!
You have to start with the right gear.
You can’t expect to make the best cup of coffee in your average run-of-the-mill coffee maker that you bought for $10 years ago. That’s not to say that the best gear needs to be expensive, but you definitely need to do your research about what you’re buying.
A French press is an easy way to take your coffee brewing skills up a level without investing in any fancy, complicated equipment. French presses usually run under $30, and you don’t need a big one to see a big difference in taste. You should also invest in a decent coffee bean grinder (again, this isn’t very costly) so you can prepare your beans fresh before using your French press. From there, it’s as simple as boiling water and waiting for your perfect cup!
If you don’t really want to spend the time each morning boiling water and going through the French press process, there are some machines that can do that work for you! While everyone knows about the Keurig which makes single serve cups from pods of coffee grounds, there are a lot of options which offer more advanced features. The Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer is a compact machine which is perfect for keeping on your kitchen counter. It goes beyond the typical cup of coffee by including both hot and iced features, customized brewing options, and even a milk frother!
There’s no denying that having the right coffee gear will elevate your morning coffee to new heights! If you’re struggling to justify a higher price tag, consider how much you usually spend a month on specialty coffees from your favorite coffee shops! Odds are it’s a lot!
Next, you must source the best beans.
You can have the most high-tech coffee brewer in the world but it means little if you don’t choose the best beans. It might take some trial and error to find the best beans for your taste, but once you do, you’ll completely change your coffee experience! There is a lot to consider when it comes to choosing the best coffee beans, so let’s examine some of the things to consider when choosing coffee beans.
First, you’ll want to learn about about the different coffee bean sources around the world. Most coffee is cultivated in tropical regions of the globe, and each region is known for a different flavor of bean. Some of the world’s top coffee producers include Brazil, Columbia, Ethiopia, and Jamaica.
Arguably the most well-known coffee beans in the world are from Blue Mountain in Jamaica. Read the full post here to learn more about Blue Mountain Coffee. The best way to explore the different coffee flavors by region is to just try a variety of different beans and see what you like best!
Next, you’ll need to keep an open mind about roast styles. A lot of coffee newbies and even experienced drinkers latch onto a preference for a certain roast style over another like preferring medium over dark or vice versa. These don’t really mean much from a taste standpoint, and there are other things which matter more in the coffee brewing process that affect flavor.
Brewing the best cup at home every time.
There’s nothing more empowering than being able to brew a great cup of coffee from home! When it comes to finding the best method and bean that works for you, keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to try new things. Try different beans from around the world, and experiment with different roast styles until you find the perfect match!