Without coffee, our mornings just aren’t the same. Many coffee lovers need to start their days the right way, and that starts with a hot cup of coffee to give us that energy kick we all need. Unfortunately for many of us, our days often start earlier than the opening hours of our favorite coffee shops, or our commute just takes too much time for us to make a coffee run first thing in the morning. There is no reason to not have some great coffee in the comfort of your own home, though, and here we will go over a couple of tips that even baristas will tell you make the difference when preparing an outstanding cup of coffee.
Grind beans instead of using instant coffee
It is no secret that freshly ground beans make a real difference when it comes to the taste of coffee. Cafes everywhere keep their beans whole, and even have a selection of different kinds of beans for different preparations. Whereas instant coffee can be good, it will quickly degrade in quality over time. Whole coffee beans prevent this decrease in quality by keeping all the flavor and aroma contained until they are ground for a new cup of coffee. You can grind and brew coffee with a coffee maker at home, and taste the freshly released qualities of your coffee beans.
Use the right amount of water and pressure
Water is a key element of coffee, and the amount of water you use to prepare a drink and the pressure you release it at will influence the final result. For the espresso shot that is the base of most coffee drinks you know, it is tricky to get the technique right at home. However, you can get pretty remarkable results and great coffee with an automatic espresso machine. Just like the ones at the cafe, these machines can get these key elements right.
Steam your milk for lattes and cappuccinos
For lattes and cappuccinos, getting the milk right is half the battle. Getting the milk steamed like they do at your favorite shop is not an easy feat to replicate at home. You will most likely end up boiling the milk, or not getting the foam to the consistency it should be. Professional machines have a steaming wand that even baristas need to learn how to operate properly, but luckily, now there are also home coffee makers with instruments that can give you similar results.
Be careful with your spices
Some people like to get creative with spices on their coffee, like cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, or pumpkin spice. There is nothing wrong with going a little gourmet every once in a while, but these spices can quickly overpower the flavor of your coffee and you should be careful with them. At home, it is very easy to get carried away with spices, just like with cooking. Good coffee should always put coffee first, and other elements in your coffee drink should only be complements of the espresso at the center of it all.