9 Tips for Making the Best Cup of Coffee Ever
1. Choose Organic. Coffee beans are one of the most heavily sprayed crops with pesticides. So, you should select only coffee beans that are certified organic. Whenever possible, purchase sustainable “shade-grown” coffee to help prevent the continued destruction of our tropical rain forests. There are many who say shade grown coffee tastes better as well.
2. Arabica Coffee Beans are best. Look for 100% pure Arabica beans. The cheap alternatives may contain Robusta beans, noted for their higher caffeine content but harsh flavors.
3. Choose Whole Beans: You’ll want to purchase whole bean coffee that smells and tastes fresh. If your coffee does not have a pleasant aroma, it is likely rancid.
4. Grind your own coffee. Invest in a coffee grinder and grind it yourself. Ground coffee keeps fresh for about a month, but it’s best to grind it fresh every day.
5. Use Good Water. Nothing can ruin a pot of coffee more surely than tap water with chlorine or off flavors. Use bottled spring water or filtered water.
6. Store Coffee in the Pantry. Always store opened coffee beans in an airtight container. Glass canning jars or ceramic storage crocks with rubber-gasket seals are good choices. Never refrigerate (roasted beans are porous and readily take up moisture and food odors). Flavor experts strongly advise against ever freezing coffee, especially dark roasts. When you freeze the coffee you use every day, the fluctuating temperatures create moisture in the packet, which can leave your morning cup tasting like cardboard. The cell structure changes, which causes a loss of the oils that give coffee its aroma and flavor. Optimally, buy a 5-to-7-day supply of fresh beans at a time and keep at room temperature.
7. Use Non-bleached Coffee Filters. If you use a “drip” coffee maker, be sure to use non-bleached filters, or at least oxygen bleached. The bright white ones are chlorine-bleached, and some of this chlorine will leach from the filter during the brewing process. Bleached filters are also notoriously full of dangerous disinfection byproducts, such as dioxin.
8. Measure the right amount of coffee. The standard measure for brewing coffee of proper strength is 2 level tablespoons per 6-ounce cup or about 2 3/4 tablespoons per 8-ounce cup.
9. Coffee Mugs: Avoid plastic cups as the BPA will leach into your drink, and also avoid Styrofoam cups that can leach polystyrene molecules. Your best bets include glass and ceramic mugs and travel mugs. When you order coffee at a coffee shop, try to schedule 15 minutes into your day that allow you to order your coffee to stay (not go…go, go!) and enjoy it at the cafe. When you hurry around with your coffee in a paper cup, really how much enjoyment do you actually get out of it?
Sit back, put up your feet and enjoy!