Many are using additional time at home to learn new skills - everything from making pastries to needlepoint. But if making a perfect cup of coffee is on your list, here are a few tips to help you get there!
Did you know?
- Coffee is one of the most commonly consumed beverages worldwide.
- Roasted coffee contains over 1,000 bioactive compounds many of which have a beneficial health effect.
- Coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the Standard American Diet.
- A 2012 study found that New Yorkers drink nearly seven times more coffee than individuals who live in other U.S. cities.
Keep reading for a few tips on making the perfect cup of coffee at home.
Start with the roast
Light roasts have a milder, almost floral flavor and tend to be the most acidic. Medium roasts tend to be popular because they have the most balanced flavor profile. Dark roasts tend to be the most bitter-tasting and have the least amount of caffeine.
Grind size affects flavor, caffeine level and consistency in your at-home cup of joe and should be chosen based on your brew method of choice. Buying your beans whole and grinding them at home gives you control over the size of the grind and it also means they tend to be fresher. Cold brews and French press methods need a coarser grind, whereas Aeropress and some pour-over methods fair better with grinds on the finer side.
Timing is everything
Coffee that has been brewed for too long is considered over-extracted and will have a bitter taste. Too short of a brew time and you'll end up with a sour-tasting cup.
Make your own cold-brew
While some methods of making cold brew require special equipment, for this recipe you just need a mason jar, a filter and some time.
Cold brewed iced coffee
Makes 2 cups
1/3 cup medium-coarse ground coffee beans
1 1/2 cups cold water
Add coffee grounds to a large jar with water. Using a non-metal utensil, stir to submerge. Cover and let rest overnight (or about 12 hours). To remove all grounds, strain at least twice (coffee filters, fine-mesh sieves or cheesecloth will work).
Dilute with equal parts water or milk of choice and pour over ice.
Tip: To avoid diluting future brews, freeze extra cold brew in ice cubes.