How To Brew The Perfect Cup Of Coffee: The Definitive Guide

How To Brew The Perfect Cup Of Coffee: The Definitive Guide

Nothing is more important than a good cup of coffee for starting the day off right. Every bit of that liquid black gold can go a long way to ensuring you will feel energized and focused or disappointed and bitter as the coffee grounds. You don't need to be a Starbucks barista to throw together an immaculate cup, all it takes is understanding the variables and components that can make or break your perfect pot.

Nothing is more important than a good cup of coffee for starting the day off right. Every bit of that liquid black gold can go a long way to ensuring you will feel energized and focused or disappointed and bitter as the coffee grounds. You don't need to be a Starbucks barista to throw together an immaculate cup, all it takes is understanding the variables and components that can make or break your perfect pot.

In this article, we will walk you through the need to know info for brewing not just any perfect cup, but your perfect cup of coffee.

Fresh Coffee In Coffee Grinder

Coffee is like tea; it's a matter of ingredients, equipment, temperature, and timing. There is nothing worse than having coffee that has sat too long, was made with poor beans, or just isn't very good. There are only a few things you need to keep in mind/utilize to craft the best coffee you've ever tasted:

  • Keep Your Equipment Pristine & Buy The Best
  • Carefully choose where you get your beans from
  • Experiment, Experiment, Experiment
  • Get The Temperature Right
  • Use Good Quality H20

Keeping Your Equipment Pristine

& Buy The Best

While it goes without saying, few people adhere to the basics of keeping things clean. Coffee can release an oil-like substance that when left behind in your brewing machines can cause fresh cups to taste like old milk left on the stovetop.

Not to mention, contaminants can do a lot more than just make your coffee taste bad. The biggest influence on coffee quality besides the beans is the quality of the materials used to make it.

If you love coffee, one of the most important thing you can buy is a grinder. The two types of grinders on the market today are the Burr Grinder ( recommended) and the Blade Grinder. Making the best cup off coffee starts with buying the best coffee beans and grinding them to your own desired taste. 

While there are variants from how finely you ground the beans to the time it spends with water before it reaches the cup, in any case, your experience will be substantially improved.

Carefully Choose Where You Get Your Beans From

Where you get your beans from, how they are packaged, and how you maintain them make a big impact on how delicious the result of your cups of coffee end up. Buying from smaller independent sellers are almost always a better bet. They put more effort into the packaging and development of their coffee bean products.

Holding Coffee Beans In Hand

Bigger chain stores that keep their beans out and exposed lead to the destruction of the flavor of the coffee over time as well as the buildup of contaminants in their containers in some cases that aren't always thoroughly removed even after cleaning.

This means that not only will you be getting coffee that has less flavor to offer you with each cup, but chances are the flavor will be counteracted by bitterness. Buying from small vendors or ones that are near you can range from independent coffee shops to producers that ship from their farms.

Experiment, Experiment, Experiment

The hardest thing about advising on making the best anything when it comes to the art of cuisine and drinks is that it has such a sliding scale. From person to person, certain factors may remain absolute such as drink temperature or the quality of coffee beans, but one thing that matters is the smaller details.

This can mean:

  • Subtle coffee bean flavors
  • Types of creamer, if any
  • Types of coffee based drinks you enjoy
  • Additives such as sugar, cinnamon, or extra flavoring
  • Ensure the golden ratio is in place: 1.5% of coffee to 98.5% water

You should spend time trying a variety of mixtures and combinations to find out what works best for you. Most don't venture out from their standard cup they've drunk for their entire lives. Don't cheat yourself out of an experience by not trying alternatives.

Pouring Ice Coffee In Glass

Keep in mind that with different types of coffee beans or brewing styles, you may need to supplement other additives such as sugar, creamer, or other things to offset overpowering flavors. For instance, the acidity of your coffee can change based on the type so you may not need the same amounts of creamer.

Get The Temperature Right

Temperature plays a massive part in the overall quality of a cup of coffee. Coffee is like tea in this way as well. For the flavor to fully release, there is a small window from between 89 degrees Celsius to about 94 degrees Celsius that your water should be at.

The problem with being off is that temperature can have one of two results on the quality of the cup of coffee. First, if the temperature of the water during brewing is too high, then the coffee will have a distinctly bitter taste that will linger on the tongue. Second, if the temperature of the water is too low, then the coffee will have much less flavor than most would enjoy.

Use Good Quality H20

What would be a great coffee can be limited to being good coffee just based on the type of water that is used to make it. Coffee with chlorine or fluoride based water will never taste as good as water that has been filtered.

Distilled water that is used from bottles can seem like overkill, and most of the time it is. The reason is that the necessary additives that come with water can leave coffee with not enough additives to keep it smooth.

The Wrap Up

Most people go their entire lives, drinking bland or even disgusting cups of coffee begrudgingly because they were unwilling to try new things. While making the perfect cup of coffee takes practice, that doesn’t mean that it is difficult.

Young Woman Drinking Coffee

Everything from the ratios of your coffee to your water matters. If you want to experience the highest level of flavor and satisfaction, whether to start your day off or to relax and have a pick me up, start by following the tips that have been laid out in this guide.

Do you have any coffee tips that make your cup extra special? Leave a comment below.