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There are so many factors that are needed to combine to make the perfect cup of coffee. Any true coffee connoisseur knows that you cannot brew the perfect cup with pre-ground coffee. Despite the fact that it is not always convenient, all you need to do is scoop the coffee into your coffee press and just wait for your cup of coffee. Some, however, are just happy with the instant coffee where all you need to do is add hot water.
But those who consider coffee as one of life’s simplest and greatest pleasures will attest to the fact that there is nothing like having a cup of freshly ground brew. But why is it so important to grind your coffee? What makes the taste different from pre-ground coffee?
You see, when coffee is pre-ground and pre-packaged, it loses the protective coating that houses the coffee oils that are located inside the bean. Once that shell is broken, a lot of factors can contribute to making the coffee taste unappealing.
One is contamination. The ground coffee can actually acquire the odors of whatever is around it as there is no more shell protecting the oils. Aside from that, did you know that 15 minutes after you grind the coffee, around 60% of the coffee’s aroma is lost? This is why you need to make sure that you actually grind your coffee right before you put it in the coffee press as to achieve maximum flavor.
Now, what are the other contributing factors that add to making a perfect cup? It is important to note that the perfect brewing temperature is around 192 F and up to 205 F. Now this is important as using water below that will not result in proper extraction. Meanwhile, boiling water is 212 F, which also cannot be used as it will actually burn your coffee.
The size of your coffee grind is also important. There many sizes of grounds, ranging from coarse, medium to fine grind, super fine grind, and Turkish grind. The equipment to be used also varies with the type of grind you have. For example, a coarse grind is perfect for a french press and percolator while the super fine grind is most suitable for an espresso machine.
There’s also the question of what kind of grinder you should invest in if you truly would like to have a more enjoyable cup of coffee. There are manual and electric coffee grinders, and you might get confused with all the choices presented to you.
Check out this coffee grinding guide compiled by Alternative Brewing. It is helpful as it not only lists some really good reasons for grinding fresh coffee, but the site also gives some tips and even lists some really good coffee brewers for those who would like to purchase their very own machine.
Achieving the perfect cup of coffee can be achieved at home with just a few simple steps. Check out the guide and get started on your journey to achieving a better daily caffeine experience with a freshly ground cup of coffee.