Coffee is a delightful drink that is enjoyed all over the world. It can have a beautiful aroma and full-bodied taste. Most blends contain caffeine, which is a natural stimulant. This makes it perfect for people who are struggling to wake up in the morning, or who are flagging in the afternoon.
These days there are more and more choices for coffee lovers to make. They can select from a wide range of beans, blends, strengths, and roasts. People can have anything from instant coffee to beverages coming from machines. Perhaps you are wondering what’s the best way for you to enjoy it. Let’s go through some of the options right now to help you decide.
Consider Buying A Coffee Machine
To narrow down the best one for you, it’s wise to ask yourself some questions:
Is it for home or work?
Will it be bought or rented?
How many people will use it?
Are you restricted to space?
How automated does it need to be?
You may choose a cafetiere (French Press) with freshly ground coffee beans, or an espresso machine to provide daily ‘caffeine shots.’ Some equipment will need pods or capsules. People who aren’t keen on drip coffee makers often choose an automatic pour over coffee maker as an alternative. Such products save their owners having to worry about temperatures, brew times, or brew ratios. Many helpful websites display their product specifications and assess the pros and cons for potential buyers.
Decide On The Drink You Prefer
You may wish to enjoy a long drink of coffee, in which case an Americano may be advisable. A flat white would combine strong coffee with milk, and a latte could feature dark roasted arabica beans. For an espresso shot, it’s best to use robusta beans that have been medium to lightly roasted. Alternatively, you may wish to treat yourself to a cappuccino with some lightly sprinkled chocolate on the top.
Research The Different Coffee Beans
There are basically three to choose from arabica, robusta, and Liberia. The latter beans are quite rare, combining an earthy taste with a beautiful smell. Arabica beans are the most widely used variety being smooth, rich, and less acidic. To taste them at their best, buy beans that are 100% pure. If budget is an issue, however, robusta beans will be cheaper. They are a great choice for people who enjoy strong, bitter flavors. They possess twice as much caffeine as arabica beans.
Be Mindful Of Time
Once coffee beans have been roasted they should ideally be used within three weeks. Supermarket brands sitting on the shelves may be older, and in time the flavors will inevitably degrade. Rather than buying ground coffee, why not buy whole beans and a coffee grinder? (Different types need to be grounded differently). Once you’ve done this, use the coffee within a quarter of an hour to capture it at its best. When coffee sits around a chemical process begins. If you’re not going to use it immediately, pour it into a carafe to help preserve the flavor.
Store It Well
It’s best to keep your coffee in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. Put it in an airtight container, but never in a fridge or freezer. Some coffee products come vacuum-sealed, although this is not the best option. The roasting process generates carbon dioxide, and this is automatically removed if it is stored this way. Coffee kept in zipper bags can become damp over time. Therefore try and open the bag daily to introduce regular fresh air. Clean any storage containers weekly.
Consider Water And Temperature
Buy quality coffee filters and try not to use tap water because it contains things as minerals and chlorine added to make it safe to drink. If you use spring or filtered water there will be a noted improvement in flavor. If coffee is overheated it will become more bitter. It should be produced at 200 degrees F (90-96 degrees C). Coffee machines are great in this regard, as they will be pre-set. If you use a kettle, however, give it several minutes to cool down after boiling. Once you’ve put everything into place, you’ll be set for many years of coffee enjoyment. Whilst most people have personal preferences when it comes to coffee, it’s worth having an element of variety. A different type of drink or a switch from lightly roasted to dark roasted coffee may provide a welcome change.