That first cup of coffee in the morning is pure heaven. And for most people, the preparation is kind of a daily ritual that they have perfected. From the way, they prepare this beverage, to the selection of the coffee itself. In most cases it is a ritual you wouldn’t want to interrupt, let’s face it, most of us are quite cranky before our first, morning coffee. Now, there is always room for improvement in our daily ritual, so read on to find out how you can brew the best coffee in the comfort of your own home.
Let’s start with the selection of the ideal blend
Choosing the ideal coffee blend is much like choosing your favorite wine or beer. It needs to be tailored to your personal taste both when it comes to strength and taste. Whether you prefer the ever strong and aromatic Nescafe or if you love the process of grinding your own beans you need to discover the one that suits you the most. So do a taste test, try different blends, and level of freshness.
Some argue that if it is not freshly ground coffee loses a lot of its flavor and that it should be consumed within two weeks of being ground, while others dispute this theory by claiming coffee can’t go bad. Well, the truth is the coffee is a fruit, a cherry in fact, and it’s a carefully grown processed agricultural product. So fresh is always best. Now as for the roast itself there are some differences. You have espresso roast and filter roast, the difference is of course in the roasting equipment that is being used.
An espresso roast coffee has been developed in the roaster, which further increases its caramelization and body. This makes it more suitable for being prepared on an espresso machine. While filter roasted coffee has been less developed in order to retain more of the sparkling acidity that a filtered cup of brew requires. Finally, we have talked a lot about the blend, but for those of you who prefer to go old school, there is always the option of choosing single-origin coffee.
Time for preparation
Now, this is where things get interesting. You have numerous different manners of preparation, each one resulting in specific taste and texture. Now if you prefer espresso, opting for quality espresso machines is always a great choice. On one of these, you can prepare your ever favorite Nespresso cups that offer both rich taste and strength. Now if you prefer you could go more oriental, and enrich your coffee-making ritual with specific steps to end up with an ideal Turkish coffee. Fist roast your blend in a coffee pot, then add water and wait for it to boil.
This type of coffee is served in small cups and is quite potent. Pre-roasting the blend in the pot provides it with a unique taste. Now if your taste is more western than getting a filter coffee machine is the right choice for you. The beauty of this is that you can make larger amounts so it is definitely the best option for those of us who love having more than one cup of Joe.
And finally the consumption
Now that your coffee has been brewed to perfection it is time to enjoy it. In a way, it is one of the most intimate experiences. To find that one location in your apartment where you feel most comfortable, have a seat, give yourself at least thirty minutes to slowly sip your coffee, and simply relish in the rich flavor. You can, of course, read something or simply enjoy the silence while your brain slowly wakes up and gets ready for a new workday.
Another option is preparing this magical beverage for friends and sipping it slowly in the afternoon while you have a chat and enjoy each other’s company. As long as the blend is good and you master the brewing method the way you consume it won’t be such a concern.
Ready, set, brew! You are no ready to take on this intricate ritual and to create this perfectly flavored beverage right in the comfort of your own home.