How to make the perfect coffee at home



Many people now consider coffee an essential product, rather than a luxury. A fantastic source of energy and a beautiful drink in itself, coffee is consumed morning, noon and night by a huge range of people for varying purposes.

Many people now consider coffee an essential product, rather than a luxury. A fantastic source of energy and a beautiful drink in itself, coffee is consumed morning, noon and night by a huge range of people for varying purposes.

 

The most enjoyable cup of Joe is undeniably that which is drunk in the comfort of your home. With this in mind, we take a look at how to make the perfect coffee yourself.

 

1. Buy the right coffee

 

You're never going to have a great cup of coffee unless you use the right ingredients. While some people like instant coffee, many people think that it will never be able to match the beautiful flavours and aromas of freshly ground beans.

 

It's important to remember that everyone's perfect cup of coffee is going to be different and there are a huge number of different types of coffee bean to try. Find your perfect blend and stick with it.

 

2. Use the right tools

 

There are almost as many different ways of preparing a cup of coffee as there are different coffee beans. Each method and tool is suited to a different style of coffee, and some are more practical than others, so it's worth doing a little research beforehand.

 

Starting out with either a French press or a moka pot is a good ideas as they're easy to use and produce full flavoured, dark coffees. However, those after a little variety should look for more universal hot drinks machines.

 

Tassimo are a popular make with their TAS2002GB Hot Drinks Machine a great option.

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It works using coffee or drinks capsules and has a barcode system which allows you to select and programme your chosen drink with ease. Separate strength settings are another attractive feature and the whole unit boasts a 1.5 litre capacity.

 

3. Check your coffee: water ratio

 

Much research has gone into working out the perfect coffee to water ratio and results have largely been inconclusive. This is mainly because different countries and cultures appear to like their coffees in slightly different ways.

 

What is clear though, is that you'll need the best kettle for the job. You'll also need to try a few different coffee to water ratios before you succeed. A kettle with a clear design, such as the Russell Hobbs 1.7 litre capacity 14355 Cordless Kettle in black glass, is a great option when brewing coffee and comes complete with a removable, washable filter than keeps boiled water limescale free for the perfect hot drink.

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Remember to let the water cool a little after it boils and before you use it otherwise you'll sour the coffee.

 

4. Get grinding

 

If you're using fresh coffee, it's best to grind the beans just before use as the flavour can be lost if stored for too long. If you do need to store grinded coffee for a while, make sure it's in an airtight container.

 

5. Experiment

 

Finally, making the perfect cup of coffee is all about experimenting until you find something that works for you. Keep on trying different things and when you hit upon that magical combination you'll know about it!

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