Did you know that over 1.6 billion cups of coffee are consumed around the world every day? We chatted to Chris Brown, director at The Daily Buzz, a chain of corporate workplace coffee bars, about the fundamental rules one needs to follow in order to create the perfect cuppa. How do I really make a great cup of coffee? There are five main factors to consider when preparing a cup of coffee – the type of bean, grind, your equipment, water and milk.
- Beans: Whichever beans you decide to use, make sure they are fresh. Look for beans packed in a foil-lined bag with a one-way valve, which is a small round plastic disc embedded on the inside of the side of the bag.
- Grind: If possible, buy whole bean coffee and use a burr grinder to grind your beans. Only grind as much as you require for the occasion and then store the beans in an airtight container in a cool dark place. Make sure the grind coarseness is suited to the coffee brewing method you plan on using. Espresso = Fine; Filter = Medium; Plunger/French Press = Coarse.
- Equipment: Whichever method you are using to brew, make sure you are using good, quality equipment that is cleaned often and properly maintained.
- Water: Water makes up the highest portion of the final beverage (except for drinks like cappuccinos and lattés). Good quality filtered water goes a long way to ensuring good in-cup quality, as well as helping to maintain your equipment for longer.
- Milk: If you are steaming milk for a latté or cappuccino, try to use fresh milk that is well before its ‘best before’ date and make sure it’s cold when you start. This gives you more time to aerate the milk with fine bubbles that will give you a much creamier, sweeter and velvety texture. If fresh milk is not an option, long-life milk foams really well.
For more info, visit thedailybuzz.co.za. Compiled by Katharyn Williams-Jaftha