How long has it been since you’ve seen a barista in their natural habitat? My guess is too long and no one knows how long it will be until we can enjoy our morning rituals once again. In the interim it may be nice to perfect our coffee making skills, adding some structure and interest to our suddenly sedentary days. Read on and discover some ways to improve that brew!
Buy a Grinder
Once coffee has been ground, it starts to stale. Investing in a grinder can vastly improve the quality of your brew. Being able to always grind coffee beans right before use will guarantee richness in flavour and depth.
Opt for a hand grinder as grind size uniformity is way off with electric grinders. Grinding your own beans also gives you the option of changing grind size. In general, if you brew coffee that is ground too coarse, the coffee can be under-extracted, and less flavourful. If your coffee is ground too fine, however, the coffee can be over-extracted and bitter. Small changes in grind size can drastically affect the taste of your final brew.
Rediscover the Moka Pot
If you love a good shot of espresso, try or revisit the Moka Pot. The Moka Pot is a stove-top coffee maker that brews coffee by passing boiling water pressurised by steam through ground coffee. While this device is considered quite old school it may surprise you with flavour. Try using finely ground coffee beans for best results.
Froth Your Own Milk
For a café cappuccino experience in your own home, heat up some milk on the stove top to about 60-70 degrees, then pop it in a french press. Use the filter to wisk the milk until you’ve achieved the desired level of froth.
Try Making Some At-Home Cold Brew
If you’re craving a good cold brew or the perfect iced coffee without the watery letdown try making some at home! You will need some coarsely ground coffee beans, which you can do yourself at home or purchase. A brewing ratio of 1:10 (1g of coffee to 10ml of water) is a good place to start. Combine the grounds with water, then let it steep overnight, or for around 12 hours. Pop it in a glass with some ice and VOILA! Your very own cold brew experience. This is perfect for when you’re at home, as it lasts for an extended period of time as temperature is not an issue.