As a mom, artist, blogger, and part-time chauffeur to a teen there is never-ending lists of things to do, places to go, and very early mornings. Mornings don’t come easy, as the polar opposite is the lifestyle of the creative person inside me who squeezes in every ounce of quiet time for writing, editing photos, and learning. This means we have some long days. I consider myself a huge coffee lover and it’s a part of our daily lifestyle. In the mornings I
enjoy must have a good cup of coffee along with a little quite thinking before the day gets jump-started with all the buzzers blazing. Today I am sharing how to make good coffee.
Weekdays are a bit more hectic than weekends but, they are just as full and started the same with a freshly brewed coffee. There is something about the aromatic scents of fresh ground and brewed coffee that make mornings more tolerable.
The Recipe for the Perfect Brew
Luckily for me, I didn’t have to travel far to find three types of beans that I’ve been enjoying lately. There four basic fundamentals of brewing a good cup of joe. Do you know them? If not these fundamentals will help you! I’m not going all coffee snob on you here but, I’m sharing some tips I’ve learned.
Using these tips really will make a big difference when you are brewing coffee at home.
How To Make Good Coffee
How To Make Good Coffee At Home
Fundamentals of Brewing
Proportion – The ratio of coffee to water. The recipe for a great cup of coffee is 2 Tbsp. of ground coffee for every 6 oz. of water.
The ground right- The coffee grind is determined by the brewing method you make your coffee by.
Water – Start with cold fresh-water. The hot water temperature between 195*F and 205* for full extraction of the coffee’s flavor.
Freshness. Store your coffee in an opaque, airtight container at room temperature. It’s best to buy what you will use up within a week.
What grind of coffee do you use to make a good cup of coffee?
Coarse ground for a french press
Medium for flat bottom
Fine for cone
Extra-fine for espresso
Pour Over Method
How to brew coffee using the pour-over method
Pick up whole beans or preground coffee from Latin America. Like this blend from Starbucks® Veranda blend that is mellow and soft.
I make my morning cup of joe with a pour-over brewer, the pour-over method can be for a single cup or use a pour-over brewer like this for more 6 cups using this method. There are many different styles and sizes of pour-over brewers. But, the method is the same! The pour-over method uses paper cone filters which is ideal for brewing the ground beans.
- Another fundamental of brewing is water.
The water should be fresh and clean especially since coffee is 98% water. Start with cold fresh-water then, you need to get the water temperature between 195*F and 205* for full extraction of the coffee’s flavor.
Here I’m lifting off the pour-over brewer off the cup so you can see the brew drips straight into the cup.
- The drip system for the single pour-over sits on the cup when brewing.
Have you tried the pour-over brew method? Below you can see I’ve set the pour-over brewer on a plate until I’m ready to set it up for my next cup. I’ll toss the used filter and grounds into a compost bin, then start fresh using the same steps!
- Lastly, the fourth fundamental is freshness. Store your coffee in an opaque, airtight container at room temperature. It’s best to use up your coffee within a week. If you are a coffee lover you’ll find this is easy! We go through 2-lbs. a week easily.
What we are grinding and brewing right now!
I’m not a purist. I like a little soy, almond milk, or cream in my cup of joe. This is a typical morning routine in my house.
How did I learn the fundamentals? I used Starbucks® as my guide. Now I’m passing this onto you so that you can enjoy grinding and brewing at home!
I’m happy to be bringing you more updates, lifestyle posts, and Starbucks® news as I’ve been chosen to be one of the official Starbucks® bloggers. Whether I’m brewing at home or headed to Starbucks® to write a post I couldn’t be happier to share my love of coffee with you, along with all the great blends I’ll be trying. Be sure to subscribe! Never miss out!
Grab yourself a passport/ journal and take notes of what you love! That is just as important as the fundamentals. Do you enjoy grinding, brewing and tasting different flavored coffee beans? Sometimes I imagine I’m traveling to countries in search of the perfect morning brew. Other times I’m just sipping my freshly brewed cup. Pinning inspiring art, photography, and illustrations.
The pairings for these coffees are as follows
- Veranda goes well with chocolate chip cookies and pecan rolls.
- House blend goes well with morning buns and blueberry scones.
- Cafe Verona goes well with chocolate, chocolate croissant, and chocolate chips.
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