Would you like to make better coffee at home? Who wouldn't?!
Coffee shops are expensive! And let's be honest, even after dropping the big $ bucks $ for a small cup of coffee, they don't always get it right.
Here at Guide Roasting Company, we don't only want to get delicious coffee in your hands, we want to guide you in making the best coffee you've ever tasted.
So today we will start with the basics, but be on the lookout for future posts with more specific information based on your favorite way to brew at home.
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So let's get started! Your basic home brew drip coffee maker. How can you make it better?
Step 1: Buy Better Coffee- Well if you're here, we hope you've discovered that by changing nothing other than the quality of your coffee will give you have a better cup! Just as freshly picked fruit tastes better than fruit picked, stored, shipped, and sitting in a supermarket, our freshly roasted, direct shipped coffee tastes so much better! And as a quality steak tastes better than a cheap cut of meat from a superstore, the quality green coffee beans we purchase for our roasts are a cut above the rest! We're confident that you'll taste a difference if all you do is use our coffee. Try Step 1 before making any further changes, and see what you think!
Step 2: Proper Storage and Use Time- Once you receive your freshly roasted coffee, consider how you store it. If you aren't brewing it right away, storage it in an air-tight container. Whole beans that you grind at home have a longer shelf life than ground coffee. So if you're ordering your coffee pre-ground, this step is even more important. Also, don't stock up on coffee for 6 months at a time. Freshness matters! Purchase your coffee to drink in 1-2 months, and then order freshly roasted coffee again. After roasting, coffee does slowly become stale. And as mentioned above, this happens even more quickly if your coffee is already ground. Consider joining our subscription service to have your fresh coffee delivered in the right amount for you each month or so.
Now, you have fresh coffee and you know how to store it and for how long. Let's take it a step further...
Good coffee is all about proper extraction. If your brew time is too fast or too slow, the extraction will be off, and the result is a flavor lacking cup of coffee. Let's address another step to get you on your way to the best coffee you've ever tasted!!
Step 3: Coffee to Water Ratio- The SCAA, Specialty Coffee Association of America, recommends 1 part coffee to 18 parts water. That's roughly 2 TBSP of ground coffee to 8 oz. of water. Every machine is a little different on brew times, but this is a good place to start. You can always add or subtract coffee to your specific tastes. There's a lot more when can teach you around this subject dealing with ground size and different brew methods, but we'll save that for another post.
Practice these 3 steps and let us know what you think!
We'd love to hear how much your home cup of coffee has improved!
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