I love a $5 latte or pour over out as much as the next person, but sometimes it’s nice to save a little money (for your travel fund) and enjoy a cup at home. With the right tools and delicious ingredients, a well-brewed cup of coffee is simple to make at home. Here’s a few tips:
- Always buy good beans: Some people love a cup of Starbucks, but I do not happen to be one of them. I don’t ever buy coffee beans at the grocery store; instead I buy from local coffee purveyors. My personal favorites are Tesora (medium roast) by Philz
or the Oromia, Guji blend by Sightglass. I buy them both in the actual coffee store
and pick the bag based on when the beans were roasted (which is usually just a couple of days prior). I suggest finding a quality local spot, and I’m sure you’ll
taste the difference.
- Use a quality grinder: If you’re grinding whole beans (which I recommend you do), it’s all about the size of the grind. Make sure you’re making the right size grounds for your coffee maker, and for a smooth cup it’s important that all the grinds are a consistent size. Aficionados will tell you to use a burr grinder, which is a bit expensive. If you use a blade grinder like I do, be sure to grind in bursts. If you pulse the grinder, you’ll get a much more evenly ground result. Different-sized coffee grounds will dissolve at different rates, leaving some grounds under-extracted and others over-extracted. These under- and over-extracted grounds will add sour and bitter flavors to your coffee.
- Warm up your coffee mug: We use our electric tea kettle to heat up water and pour it into our mugs for just a couple of minutes while the coffee is brewing. Instead of taking the heat from your coffee to warm up the cup, this method keeps your coffee warmer for longer.
- Brew with filtered water: Coffee is mostly made up of water, so it’s important to use filtered water and avoid the minerals and additives in tap water. You don’t have to dump in a bottle of Fiji, but be sure to at least run the tap water through a basic filter. We use a KitchenAid coffee maker with a built-in water filter.
- Add fresh ingredients: I drink my coffee black 99% of the time, but on the off chance I use cream or sugar, I specifically use the freshest ingredients. My favorite indulgence is to froth a bit of milk and enjoy a café au lait with a touch of honey for sweetness. Oh, and you can’t forget the warm socks and Biscoff cookies… perfect for a cold and rainy day!
Have I missed anything that helps when enjoying coffee at home? Would love to hear your thoughts!