Below we describe 5 common and important mistakes made when brewing coffee.
1.Storing coffee beans in the fridge or freezer.
Placing coffee beans in the fridge or freezer doesn’t help keep them fresh. Roasted beans have countless holes in them and they absorb the moisture and the smell of other foods in the fridge. The best way to store beans is to keep them at room temperature inside an air-tight container.
2.Buying pre-ground beans.
Pre-ground beans are convenient and easy, but coffee beans start losing their freshness immediately after grinding. To preserve the quality of the beans, you should ground beans right before brewing.
3.Using boiling water to brew coffee.
When you use boiling water, it extracts bitterness and acidity from the beans. For brewing, the ideal temperature is around 200°F (93°C). An easy trick to reach this temperature is to boil water and then wait 45 seconds.
4.Using too much or too little coffee.
The perfect ratio is 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds to every 6 oz. (177 ml) of water.
5.Using the wrong grind.
Different equipment requires different grinds. Fine grinds are for espresso or aeropress, medium are for drip makers, and coarse grinds are for a french press.
That’s it! Happy brewing.
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