One of the most inviting smells that is sure to bring a smile to my face is a fresh cup of coffee in the morning. Rather than swing through your local Starbucks, experiment with different flavors and varieties on your own for a surprising treat.
First of all, take a look at what type of coffee maker that you have. There are a range of coffee makers that have a range of filters. The type of filter you use will influence how fine you grind your coffee.
Secondly, fine a fresh coffee shop. Although you can buy coffee at Starbucks, Coffee Bean or your local supermarket, look around or ask for suggestions as to a nice specialty shop. Their beans are usually fresh and the staff is knowledgeable to direct you towards the taste you would like.
Third, know what kind of coffee you prefer. Do you like a light roast or a dark roast. The darker the roast, the more powerful and strong the flavor. If you aren’t sure what you prefer, most coffee houses have samples of different kinds of coffee. When you pick the flavor you like the best, you can have them ground it there or for the freshest brew, buy a small bag (enough to last a week or two) and grind it at home.
Keep your beans in an airtight canister. Ceramic canisters are good because direct sunlight will not reach the beans and they prevent flavor migration. Example, I kept coffee in Tupperware and it ended up tasting like plastic. Although many people keep their coffee in the freezer or refrigerator, that is not advisable. If you do buy a large amount and choose to freeze it, store it in an airtight bag (use a straw to draw out any air in the bag) and re-wrap it several times to prevent any air, water or ice from coming into contact with your beans.
Right before you are about to brew a hot cup of Java, grind just the right amount of beans you plan on using. Place a filter in the coffee maker and add the amount of beans you like. For a weak cup add a teaspoon per 6 oz of water, for a stronger cup add about a tablespoon. You can vary the amount of beans to taste.
Although the true coffee aficionado will insist you drink coffee plain, feel free to add a little spice to your beans for variety. Occasionally, I’ll throw in cocoa, vanilla or Cinnamon. There are also a variety of flavored coffees you can buy. Pour your coffee in your favorite mug and add sugar, milk, cream or flavorings to taste.
There is nothing like starting your morning off right so enjoy your delicious home brew, and know Starbucks has nothing on you!