Making Coffee Like A Barista

If you want to make delicious, quality tasting coffee like the experts do, here are some useful tips that will have you brewing like a barista in no time. Whether you have a simple, but effective cafetière or a luxury Russell Hobbs Espresso Machine, you can, with the right know-how, produce fantastic tasting coffee.

Know your beans

  • A very important factor when making coffee is the beans you use. Coffee begins to lose its flavour very quickly after it’s roasted, so it is best to use the freshest beans you can. Contrary to what seems the norm, do not store beans or grounds in the refrigerator, as this can dry up the essential oils that give coffee its rich flavour. Instead, keep whole beans in an airtight container at room temperature and grind them just before use, as coffee goes stale within about fifteen minutes of being ground.
  • The two main varieties of coffee plant are Arabica and Robusta. Arabica is widely accepted as the better of the two, with a smooth delicate flavour. Robusta beans produce a stronger coffee, which can be quite harsh and bitter.
  • It is important to consider the roast level when choosing a coffee. Light roasts have the highest caffeine content, with a rich aroma and flavour. Dark roasts normally have a savoury smoky flavour. Be careful that the beans aren’t too dark, as if they are roasted too long they can end up tasting burnt and bitter. There is also a medium roast which is obviously in between the other two varieties.

Get grinding

There are two different types of grinder, blade or burr. Blade grinders use a metal blade to slice the beans. Unfortunately, this can leave the coffee grounds uneven in size, producing coffee that is both over and under extracted. A burr grinder pulverises beans between a moving grinding wheel and a non-moving surface. This gives an even ground size, which will produce a tastier coffee.

The right water can make all the difference

Water makes up a large part of the coffee, so make sure it’s up to scratch. Use a filter to avoid chlorine or chemicals ruining your coffee.

Not forgetting the milk

Use a milk frother to create a fine and creamy foam to your perfect cup. When adding this to your coffee, start pouring in the centre of the coffee, especially for small cups. This will add to a pleasing visual effect and will ensure the foamy head is even.

Practice and experiment

Practice makes perfect. And experimenting with different beans, grinders, water types, frothy milk or cream, can be a fun way to find your perfect cup.

Good luck making delicious coffee like a pro! And if you have any more tips or advice, please feel free to share them in the comments.

Written by Russell HobbsPosted in Coffee Makers
January 22nd, 2013 at 10:33Tagged with , , , ,

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