The perfect cup of coffee can keep customers coming back over and over again. Even if you are not a coffee shop but still serve coffee as a beverage, customers will remember that you made it right. You don’t need anything fancy. You just need a few basic tips and skills.
Always Use Cold Water
One of the ways to enhance the flavor of whatever beans you are using is to always start the brewing process with cold water, no matter what brewing method you use. Cold water simply has different properties than warm or hot water. Even though the process takes the water from cold to hot, you can still get a better flavor by starting with crisp, clean, cold water.
Always Use Fresh Beans
This should go without saying, but always use fresh coffee beans when making a cup of coffee. The beans can last for quite some time if you take the right precautions. First, buy whole beans and grind them as you need them. Next, make sure the beans and ground coffee are stored in an air-tight container. Finally, keep them in a cool, dry place. Some brewers believe that storing the coffee in the refrigerator or freezer is ideal, but as long as it isn’t placed in direct sunlight or under a lamp, you will be fine.
Pay Attention to Serving Size
When most people brew coffee, they simply throw enough grounds into the filter to fill it or whatever looks right. That is not how the professional brewers go about this. On average, two tablespoons of freshly ground coffee is enough to make a 6 oz cup. Do not press down the coffee; allow it to be loose when you measure it out. This is about three quarters of a cup. After perfecting this proportion, you can experiment to find what tastes best based on the unique grounds and brewing process.
Keep Things Clean
You should always make sure to clean every part of the coffee maker after brewing each batch. This means that you need to rinse the water reservoir, change the filter, and rinse any other aspect of the coffee maker that the fresh coffee will touch or the water will pass through. Do not use soap because it could impact the taste of the coffee. A good, hot rinse will do the trick.
Also, descale the coffee maker every couple of weeks to clean off what may have built up. Usually, the descaling processes involves “brewing” hot water and white vinegar. However, check to see what your unique coffee maker recommends for the descaling process.
Following these simple tips will help you to brew the best possible cup of coffee for your customers. Whether the coffee is going to be taken black, filled with cream and sugar, or transformed into a fancy mixed coffee drink, the basic building block needs to be there. Once you master these tips, your customers will consider you a master brewer, whether you are running a coffee shop or not.