Getting better tasting coffee doesn’t have to be something that’s difficult or even expensive. Follow these eight steps and you’ll be tasting the difference tomorrow morning.
Clean Your Coffee Maker Often
Minerals from your water and oils leftover from your coffee can build up inside your coffee maker and negatively affect on the taste of your morning caffeine fix. Cleaning your coffee maker at least once every couple of months will make a drastic difference. Depending on the quality of your water, you may need to clean it more often. Read about how to clean your coffee maker.
Buy Fresh Whole Beans And Grind Them Yourself
Ground coffee loses it’s flavor in less than half an hour and who knows how long it was sitting on the shelf before you decided t buy it. Grinding at home is very easy to do and decent grinders start at just twenty dollars. I wrote about my $20 dollar coffee grinder.
Choose The Correct Grind
Medium Grind – French Press or Drip Coffee Maker
Fine Grind – Espresso Machines
Only grind what you need for right then. If you grind more for later on, it’ll be stale by the time you finally use it.
Use The Right Amount Of Coffee
Two tablespoons per six ounce cup is the standard, but it’s okay to experiment with more less to get the taste that you like.
Coffee Tasting Bitter?
Try putting two or three pinches (the technical term) of salt on top of the grounds to reduce the bitter taste.
Use Better Water
Many homes have water with minerals and other deposits that can harm the taste of your coffee. Using a water filter or bottled water is an easy way to solve that problem. Read about how I improved my water with a cheap and easy to install water filter.
Don’t Let Your Coffee Sit Around
Don’t leave your coffee on the hot pot for longer than ten minutes. On many models, the coffee will start burning within that time. Also, don’t let your coffee sit out in the open for more than a half hour before you drink it. Within thirty minutes, coffee starts to lose it’s flavor. One thing you can do, is use a glass lined carafe to keep it fresh longer.
Store Your Coffee Properly
Keep the whole beans that you should now be buying in an air tight canister that will keep them dry and out of direct light. Do not store them in the freezer or the refrigerator because both places can negative effects on the taste. If you don’t believe me, read about how not to store your coffee.
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