Game-Changing Tips for Making Coffee at Home
There’s nothing quite like freshly brewed coffee in the morning. Some people enjoy it as a means to relax and start the day, while others require that cup (or two…or four) to get them through the day. But most coffee drinkers agree, how you like your coffee is very personal, including the ritual of preparing the perfect cup. Besides the energy boost, did you know there are other health benefits to coffee? These include:
- Supporting brain health, reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, as well as Parkinson’s disease.
- Protection against liver diseases, since it seemingly reduces risk of hepatocellular carcinoma
- Increasing longevity, so you can continue to enjoy more of your life, and more coffee
- Enhancing athletic performance by increasing your energy levels
Coffee is clearly a treat for your mind, body, and soul. There are so many ways you can step up your coffee drinking game and treat yourself while getting ready to take on the day. Here are some game-changing tips to help you prep your morning coffee bevs.
Pick Your Brewing Method
Your brewing method is ultimately responsible for how your coffee tastes. Not all methods will produce the same flavor profile. The brewing time also varies greatly amongst prep methods. Here are a few of our favorites, so find one that works best with your morning routine and coffee tasting preference:
Coffee Machine: one of the fastest and easiest ways to make coffee. You can prepare more coffee in a short period of time, which makes this a great option if you’re making coffee for a crowd.
Chemex: this pour over method picks up the subtle flavors of the coffee and produces a smooth brew that appeals to most coffee drinkers.
Moka pot: if you prefer a thick, muddy coffee with a strong flavor, try this brewing method. It’s done on the stove and can be served as is or topped with hot water to dilute the intensity.
Know Your Coffee Bean
Get to know what you’re brewing! The origin of your beans will determine acidity, strength and flavor. Our everyday coffee has dominant notes of nougat, caramel and nuts. This is a classic flavor for coffee cultivated in the highest coastal mountain range in the tropics, where they’re isolated from the Andes. This gives the coffee a medium acidity and medium/high body. Here are some tips from Heather Terry, our CEO and founder, about how to get the most out of your cup of coffee!
Store Your Coffee in a Ceramic Canister
Storage is everything. Let your coffee live its best life in a ceramic canister. This option shields sunlight and will keep the freshness of the coffee. There are plenty of rumors out there that will say it’s okay to freeze coffee, but this should be avoided. Freezing coffee can cause the beans to absorb moisture and affect the taste.
Use Filtered Water, if Possible
Using filtered water is best practice when brewing your own coffee. The ingredients you use play a major role, and water is one of the few ingredients in brewing. So, it’s important to choose quality here. Keep a pitcher of filtered water in the refrigerator and heat to between 195°F and 250°F when you’re ready to brew.
Clean your Coffeemaker Often
Coffee beans have quite a bit of oil, so there’s a significant amount of residue that’s left behind every time you use your coffeemaker to brew. Make sure to give your coffeemaker a proper wash after every use to prevent the oil from affecting the overall flavor of your coffee.