Most of us can’t live without our morning cup of coffee. It’s the number one way to wake up for millions of Canadians, but have you ever sat back with your morning cup at home and wondered why it never tastes as good as it does when you buy it from your favourite coffee shop?
Most people don’t think they can brew a great cup of coffee on their own, but there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t. Take a look at the different measurements of grounds to water and what goes into making the perfect cup of coffee with your coffee maker at home.
How to make the perfect cup of coffee
Are you ready to make the perfect cup of coffee? Here’s what you need to know.
For the perfect cup of coffee, distilled water is key
Coffee beans are what flavour your coffee, but funky water will take the best bean and turn it into something you’ll never want to drink. For the best coffee, you should always use distilled water. You can buy your own water distiller or purchase distilled water from a grocery store.
Choose a coffee grinder for the freshest beans
Unlike packaged coffee, a coffee grinder will precisely grind up your coffee beans right before you make coffee. That way you get the freshest coffee flavour every time.
You can find coffee grinders that will accurately measure out the beans you need for the amount of coffee you’re making, and some also come with storage containers to keep your coffee fresh after you grind it.
Use a thermometer to determine how hot your water is
If you’re doing a pour over or French Press, you should grind up your beans while your kettle is boiling your water. You’ll want to test the water once it’s boiled to determine how hot it is, and a good temperature for the perfect cup of coffee is between 195 F (91 C) to 205 F (96 C).
Test it by inserting a candy or meat thermometer in a cup of water you’ve poured from the kettle.
Use a scale for measurement
It might seem like overkill at the time, but using a scale to measure out your coffee grinds and water will help you make the best cup of coffee every time. A digital scale is easiest because it offers the most precise measurements.
Different types of coffee makers you can use
Although drip coffee makers are the most popular, you can use these tips to create the perfect cup of coffee in any type of coffee maker. You can choose from pour over, percolator, French Press, or travel French Press.
What is the best ratio of coffee to water?
Most people I know can eyeball a coffee filter and dump in the right amount of grinds without measuring, but measuring your coffee can make or break your perfect cup.
Have you ever heard of the “Golden Ratio?” That’s the perfect ratio of coffee to water, and according to coffee experts, the Golden Ratio is one to two tablespoons of freshly ground coffee for every six ounces of water.
Here’s an infographic of the best ratios of coffee to water, showing how many tablespoons of coffee and how much water you need for 1 to 4 cups, 6 cups, 10 cups, and 12 cups.
What to put in coffee to make it taste good
Now that you’ve made the perfect cup of coffee, how do you make it taste even better? If you like straight black coffee you’re ready to drink, but if you want to add a bit of flavour or a touch of depth to your coffee, there are quite a few great additions you can try.
Here’s a list of 6 great ingredients you can add to your coffee this morning or just as a treat.
- Flavoured syrup: adding a pump of flavoured syrup is one of the best additions to any cup of coffee. You can choose from a wide variety of syrups including coconut, hazelnut, butterscotch, and vanilla.
- Milk of all types: adding milk adds a creamy texture to your coffee. You can add whole milk, half & half, or cream for a full, rich flavour. If you suffer from dairy allergies you could try almond milk, rice milk, or oat milk. The consistency will be a bit thinner than cream, but it’s just as delicious.
- Vanilla extract: one of the best ways to add flavour to your coffee is by using a shot of pure vanilla extract. You can also scrape vanilla beans straight into your cup or sprinkle them on top a layer of milk foam.
- Eggnog or cinnamon and nutmeg: When it’s the holidays there’s nothing like adding a shot of eggnog to your coffee. If eggnog isn’t available you can add cinnamon and nutmeg for a holiday flavour all year long.
- Ice cream: For the perfect after dinner coffee, try adding a small scoop of ice cream to your cup.
- Liquor: Bailey’s and coffee are a must if you want to warm up on a cold winter day, but you can also add liquor to your iced coffee.
Besides these additions, you can also sweeten your coffee with sugar, Stevia, or other artificial sweeteners. Out of all of the sweeteners, I like Stevia the best. It’s a natural sugar substitute that doesn’t have the metallic after taste you get from artificial sweetener.
Enjoy a perfect cup of coffee every day
I’ve taken you through all of the steps you’ll need to know to make the perfect cup of coffee. If you’d like to see how to make espresso, I’ve also covered that in another post. It’s more fun to make your coffee at home than to go out all the time, and you’ll be able to impress your friends and family with delicious coffee that will rival your local barista.
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