HOW TO MAKE BETTER COFFEE AT HOME: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE

With the average person in the UK spending more than £2,000 each year, it goes without saying that the cost of a daily caffeine fix adds up. One way to solve this problem is by making your own coffee at home, and perhaps you’ve tried but can’t seem to replicate that same café quality taste. Luckily, from the coffee beans themselves to the brewing methods, there are a multitude of ways you can achieve a better cup of coffee at home.

IT BEGINS WITH THE BEANS

One of the simplest ways of making a better cup of coffee at home is getting the right kind of coffee. No matter what blend you prefer, it’s important to purchase the freshest coffee beans possible. Coffee is meant to be brewed using fresh beans, specifically due to how it reacts with age. The longer it has been sitting in your cupboard, the weaker it will taste, which can leave you with a less than desirable cup. When buying coffee, look for properly sealed containers in the store. Or, you can get it straight from the source through a reputable distributor. 

Branching out and trying new things is also a great way to make your daily cup of coffee better. The good news is that there is a whole world of coffee out there for you to learn about and try to see what suits your preferences best. From different blends such as Colombian, French, dark, light, and blonde to instant coffees, there is something for everyone. There are also different categories of coffee to choose from, such as fair trade coffee or organic, which are all worth looking into to find what gives you the better cup and what's best for the environment.

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HOW YOU BREW MATTER

Coffee was made popular way back in the 17th century, meaning that in this day and age, you have several options when it comes to brewing a cup. If you’re a frequent coffee drinker, you’ve probably heard of K-cups or small pods of coffee that you put in a machine, which are meant to make your daily coffee experience quicker and easier. However, when looking to making a better cup of coffee, ditching these types of quick and easy methods is in your best interest.

Instead, try a french press - a method of making coffee that many people swear by when making the most flavorful cup of coffee. Because a French press allows the grounds to steep rather than go through a paper filter (that most standard coffee machines use), it’s said that the French press doesn’t remove anything in terms of flavor - like the oil in your coffee grounds. What’s more, is that small bits of coffee may wind up in your cup, which can percolate and further enhance the flavor.

Coffee is a daily essential for much of the population - and many may drink it solely for the caffeine boost. However,  that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the taste. By using simple methods such as purchasing fresh beans in a blend you enjoy, and using a different brewing method, you’ll be on your way to making better coffee in no time.