When you’ve been in the coffee business as long as we have here at CoffeeForLess, one question that often comes up is how to make the best tasting coffee possible. We have put in the time and practice necessary to consider ourselves expert on the subject, and in this entry, we hope to give you great advice on how to get the absolute most out of your beans. Follow the advice below, and you will have the best tasting coffee possible.
Use Good Equipment for the Best Tasting Coffee
There are usually two devices between you and your cup of Joe: the coffee maker and the coffee filter. From there, coffee goes in the mug and in the belly. This makes an excellent coffee maker our first line of defense against bad coffee. Regularly cleaning your coffee maker and your coffee carafe will ensure that you are not consuming stale, burnt, or sediment-riddled coffee. Any adulterant in an unclean coffee maker or carafe can add off flavors. Your coffee filter is a potential source of off flavors too. We recommend that you use a reusable gold tone coffee filter. These more inert filters are significantly less likely to add unwanted flavors. Don’t forget to clean your filter regularly though if you use a gold filter! This sort of proper maintenance of brewing equipment will ensure you the best tasting coffee possible from that equipment.
Use the Best Ingredients for the Best Tasting Coffee
Coffee, at it’s heart, is just two ingredients: coffee and water. We figure it is probably common knowledge that grinding your own whole coffee beans is always going to make better coffee than ground coffee if you’ve got the time to do it. Some people are going even further and roasting their own green coffee beans at home. This is a bit much to many coffee drinkers, but if you have the time to try it, even for novelty, you might just have some of the finest coffee you’ve ever had. Think store-bought bread compared to homemade bread. We aren’t kidding.
The most overlooked ingredient in coffee is the water. Using freshly filtered water or even bottled water makes for the best tasting coffee. Everything in your water, which can be such vile-tasting chemicals as chlorine, ends up in your coffee mug. So start with bottled water or even a point of use water dispenser’s water, and you will note a cleanness and clarity of flavor in your coffee.
Though some of our suggestions might seem over the top to you, they are par for the course to many coffee drinkers. The best tasting coffee comes from using clean, quality equipment with excellent ingredients.