The #1 Trick for Better At-Home Coffe
If coffee is the only thing that gets you out of bed in the morning, you’re probably committed to making the perfect cup of Joe. Whether you take your coffee black or with a hefty dose of cream and sugar, it’s essential to get it just right, even if only to make waking up that much better.
After speaking with a half dozen leading coffee experts, we can safely say there are countless ways to take your coffee up a notch. But there’s only one way that consistently comes up as the most effective. Here’s the easiest way to get a better cup of coffee at home.
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The #1 tip for better coffee? It’s all about the grinder.
If you’ve ever had a glass of wine a couple of days after opening the bottle and thought to yourself, “This tastes nothing like I remember,” you’ll understand this tip right off the bat. “Much like wine, coffee beans oxidize due to contact with—you guessed it—oxygen,” says Jordan Karcher, founder of Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. “By grinding the coffee, you’re increasing the surface area of the coffee and greatly increasing the rate of oxidation, resulting in muted flavors and subdued aromatics. I recommend waiting until the last possible moment to grind your coffee before beginning the brewing process.”
That means you’ll always want to buy whole beans (versus coffee that is already ground) and invest in a home coffee grinder so that you can grind your freshly roasted beans right before making your cup of coffee. For French press coffee, you’ll want a coarser grind than with other types of at-home coffee.
Already grinding beans at home? Remember that coffee grinders wear out over time, which can impact the taste of the coffee.
“If your coffee is tasting too weak and under-extracted, try adjusting your grind setting a little finer. If that doesn’t help, contact the manufacturer, and consider replacing the burrs in the grinder,” says Douglass Barrow, co-owner and roastmaster of Luna Gourmet Coffee & Tea Company.