Coffee. It’s the perfect way to start the day, and the ideal pick-me-up during the afternoon slump. In fact, it’s so well-loved here in the UK that we’re estimated to collectively drink 70 million cups per day, between us. But all coffee is not created equal, and there’s a vast difference between hastily pouring some hot water on top of cheap instant granules and creating the perfect cup of coffee.
With that in mind, we thought we’d put together a guide which will help you to create the perfect cup of coffee.
Always Use Fresh Beans
The quality of your beans is of utmost importance, but even the best beans won’t taste great if they’re not fresh. Make sure you use fresh beans to give your coffee the best flavour and depth. We provide our coffees in resealable bags with one-way degassing valves to keep the coffee perfectly fresh.
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Clean Your Equipment
If you’re using a barista-quality machine, you need to make sure that it’s properly clean, or this will affect the flavour of your brew. If you don’t use coffee-specific cleaners, you’ll get a mineral build-up on the parts, which will end up tainting every cup of coffee you make.
Think About Your Grind
The grind of your coffee is almost as important as the beans themselves. By making sure you choose the correct grind for the type of brew that you want to drink, you’ll ensure that your coffee has the very best flavour. You can refer to our handy guide on different grinds here.
We offer five different types of coffee, ranging from finely ground to whole roasted beans, meaning that every type of coffee drinker should be covered.
If you tend to drink different types of coffee, then it’s a great idea to buy beans and grind them yourself. If you do this, ensure you use a high-quality grinder, as many cheaper machines will allow the grounds to get hot or clump together, which will affect the overall flavour of your coffee.
Restrict the Heat
If you make your coffee without a machine, you’ll need to ensure that you don’t allow your water to get too hot before pouring it over your grounds. We recommend the handy ‘rule of 45’ – once your water has boiled, leave it to rest for 45 seconds so that it won’t burn the coffee grounds and negatively affect your flavour when you pour it over.
Fresh is best
When drip machines are used, people have a tendency to drink one cup and then leave the rest in the jug all afternoon. However, the longer you leave coffee on a hot plate, the more bitter and over-brewed it will become.
Make your coffee one cup at a time for the perfect brew.