Anyone can put the brewer on and hope for the best. But with our 10 barista secrets you can do so much better and let your guest have a perfect start of their day.
1. Buy whole bean coffee
If you want a good cup of coffee, you need good coffee beans. Compared to ground coffee, whole bean coffee is fresher and more flavorful.
If available, buy your beans from a smaller local roaster. That will create an extra touch of luxury.
2. Use a scale
You need to know how much coffee you’re going to use in order to make the perfect cup and a scale is much more accurate than a spoon. You need to try how much beans makes the perfect cup but start out somewhere around 15 grams per 8 oz. cup.
3. Grind only what you need
Again, the beans stay fresher when not grinded so don’t grind all of your coffee beans at once. Keep your coffee as fresh as possible by only grinding the amount of coffee beans you plan to use.
4. Store coffee dark and dry
Once opened, coffee should be stored in a canister that shields sunlight like a dark colored-ceramic or glass container—this keeps the coffee fresher.
It’s also important to avoid freezing your coffee. When you freeze coffee, there’s a chance that it will absorb moisture, which can affect its taste.
5. Use filtered water
When it comes to brewing coffee—water matters. Keep a pitcher of filtered water in the refrigerator and brew coffee with filtered water that’s heated to between 195°F and 250°F.
6. Different brewing methods
Not all coffee brewing methods are created equal. The device you use to make your coffee will have an impact on the strength of your coffee. Choose the brewing method that meets your taste preferences. Automatic drip coffeemakers tend to brew an even, mild pot of coffee while a French Press provides a bolder, darker flavor.
Maybe you even want to jump on the latest trend - hand brewed.
7. The importance of a clean coffee maker
Since coffee beans have oil, you need to wash your coffee pot well. Otherwise the oils will stay and affect the flavor. That’s why coffee sometimes gets that burned flavour.
8. Know your coffee beans
Knowing where your coffee comes from is important. Acidity, strength and flavor are dependent on the growing region the coffee derives from. Usually coffee beans from Africa are dark and acidic and coffee beans from South America are less acidic and more of a medium roast.
If you’re unsure of what type of coffee to start brewing with, Guatemala is a good place to start. Grown in Central America, Guatemalan coffee is complex while still being balanced in flavor and medium in roast.
Stir pieces of chocolate into your coffee or topping your coffee drink with whipped topping and ground cinnamon or nutmeg will make it feel special and luxurious.
10. Steam the milk
To steam the milk, buy an electric milk frother is the easiest way to go. This will truly give the coffee that barista touch and your guests gets the most perfect start of their day.