How to make the perfect cup of coffee
There are many coffee-buffs that claim to know the secret of a perfect cup of coffee, but little do they know – or are willing to admit, they do not have the most impeccable roast.
Without further ado, here is the perfect way to make your morning fuel as tasty as a smooth roast from the hidden, elusive and mystical land of the coffee-royals.
Get fresh coffee beans
The first step is a pretty obvious one – buy your coffee beans fresh. A surprising amount of people buy instant coffee and readily-ground coffee, which is fine. It’s fine. Honestly, it’s fine, if you want a bland cup of coffee.
We don’t do bland.
We, like many of you, want coffee that explodes our mouths with tasty sensations and rich flavours. We want coffee that instantly boosts our mentality, that makes us feel as good as it tastes. So, no. We don’t do bland.
Go by roast dates, not ‘best before’ dates
Although coffee past it’s roast date won’t make you sick, it will certainly make your taste-buds wish you never sipped from an out-of-date roast. How do you protect your poor taste buds from a horrible stale coffee?
You stick to a time-frame of 7-14 days since being roasted. Anytime before, and the coffee will still be realizing CO2 (degassing), which makes it too fresh (yes, that is a thing).
Anytime after, and you’ll be imposing a horrible fate on your taste buds.
Buy a decent Burr grinder
Whether you purchase a manual coffee grinder or an electric one, make sure it’s Burr! Burr grinders, make coffee beans into a seamlessly-smooth, evenly ground and more balanced brew.
Not one, but two!
Most people make a cup of coffee with just a single scoop of a teaspoon. This is a big mistake. One teaspoon in an average sized mug will turn a good cup of coffee into a water cup.
Add a second (level) teaspoon full and you’ll get a perfect consistency.
Generally, coffee-buffs say that the perfect water temperature is around 90°C – 95°C. So, if you can, then set your kettle to cut off at 90°C. If you can’t, simply take the kettle off the heat just before it boils.
Alternatively, you can leave it around 30 seconds after it boils, before pouring the water.
Another key point to make here is that you must use fresh water, not water that’s been sitting in the kettle since the last brew you made.
Pour your 90°C water
You’re almost there! So close, you can almost taste that beautifully brewed cuppa. All you need to do now is pour the water over your evenly-ground coffee beans and watch it turn the richest brown.
Well, what did it taste like?
Tell us how amazing your freshly brewed mug of coffee was in the comments below. And if it wasn’t up to scratch, visit Kimbo for professional Barista training. It’ll be worth it!