Be Your Own Barista
It’s not always ideal to drive through and pick up a coffee at your favorite coffee shop. No need to worry, you can find out how to make your own fabulous cup of coffee from your own home. You can be your own Barista! It’s important to know the quality of the bean, the type of roast you desire, how to grind your coffee properly if purchasing a whole bean, the brewing strength and other important details to make your creation just right.
History of Coffee
To begin your journey, you will want to select a high quality bean that was harvested from a farmer who has pride in the product they deliver. Some of the countries known for impressive coffee beans are Brazil, Columbia, Kenya and Guatemala. The type of bean you are looking for is based on the type of coffee you desire. Arabica & Robusta are the two main types of coffee beans found. Arabica is known for its smooth and acidic flavor and Robusta is stronger and slightly more bitter in flavor.
Understanding the roasting process can make a big difference in the boldness of your drink. A darker roast doesn’t mean that the coffee will contain more caffeine, instead, it means the bean was roasted for a longer period of, thus cooking out some of the caffeine and giving the coffee a stronger flavor. A light roast is considered to be less caffeine, however, it actually contains more caffeine because they are not roasted as long. The caffeine level decreases the longer the beans are roasted.
In order to keep your coffee beans fresh, never pre-grind them. Keep them in an air tight container to keep in the flavor. Depending upon what kind of coffee you like, it will determine how you grind your beans. If you are using a French Press, you will want to have your beans ground coarsely. Your typical coffee pot will use a medium ground. Espresso machines use the very finely ground beans.
When you are ready to brew your beans, water will play an important role. I recommend using spring water. Using distilled or softened water, it removes minerals and changes the intended flavor. Measure out your coffee properly or use a pre-selected K-cup. It is also important to keep your coffee pot clean. You can use vinegar to run through your coffee pot to remove oil and other buildups to ensure a fresh cup every time.
How to Brew
Finding your favorite blend can only be found through trial and error. I have sampled thousands of different blends, roasts and brews and have found my favorite to be the light roast with a decent amount of cream. You too can make a fabulous cup of coffee, just as if you went out and purchased it from your favorite coffee shop. You can become your very own barista! Enjoy!