There are many different types of coffee available on the market today, and that also means that there are many different types of coffee drinkers. Whether you enjoy sitting back and slowly sipping your brew, or you’re a fast drinker ready to take on whatever the day throws at you, coffee is one of the world’s most loved beverages.
If you enjoy coffee as an experience rather than just the effect it offers, then your wallet could take a huge battering over the course of a year. From traditional coffee shops to more well-known chains along our high streets, coffee isn’t cheap, especially with all the varieties on offer. Cream toppings, vanilla tipples and higher quality beans all add up, and that’s why thousands of people have decided to invest in their own coffee making gear. It may seem like a big price to pay to get your morning and evening fix, but when you’ve got the chance to perfect your own beverage without having to stand in line, it’s actually a small price to pay.
Once you make the decision to perfect your coffee-making technique there’s no going back, and it’s going to take a lot of trial and error to get your cuppa spot on. Let’s take a look at how to make the best coffee possible without damaging your wallet or taste buds!
Know Your Varieties
Arabica and Robusta – the two plants where nearly all coffee in the world comes from. Robusta is more acidic and has a high caffeine content than Arabica, but Arabica offers a more mellow taste, and half as much caffeine. Those who enjoy the Robusta blend will have strong stomachs, as people who aren’t used to this type of coffee usually complain of aches and acidic tastes in the back of their throat. Arabica coffee tends to be more expensive in the stores, however if you look online you’ll easily be able to get them both for around the same price.
Coffee is all about the smell of the beans as well as the flavor, and there are a number of chemicals, oils and compounds that are given off from the bean even after it has been brewed. If you’re thinking about buying your own coffee machine and making a blend at home, then looking after your beans is essential to producing the perfect smell and taste. One of the best ways to keep your beans intact is to source locally, as this saves journey time while also preserving the structure of the bean. One you taste the difference between pre-ground beans and whole beans that you brew yourself, you’ll be cooked on traditional coffee for life.
It may seem a little extreme buying and installing a reverse osmosis water filter in your kitchen, but if you’re determined to make the perfect coffee and save yourself money in the long run, then pure water is essential. Simply put, the purer the water, the more intense the smell and taste of the bean, and again if you compare your perfect cuppa to a high street chain store, you’ll quickly see the difference purer water makes.