Jacky's Bean Stock's Surefire Signs You are Drinking Subpar Coffee
My quest for creating a perfect cup of coffee entailed much research and countless hours roasting, brewing and taste testing my creations. Now, I want to share with you what I have learned and help you discover common coffee pitfalls standing in the way of your perfect cup....
1) Your bag of coffee doesn't have a Roast Date. Most coffee is mass produced and sits on a shelf waiting to be bought. Mass coffee roasters don't want you to know that fresh roasted coffee beans go stale after about 2 weeks after the roast date and ground coffee after about an hour. Any company can say their coffee is fresh roasted, the key is to find a coffee roaster that is proud to display their roast dates on their packaging.
2) You use a blade grinder to grind your coffee. Coffee beans are fragile and when you 'chop' your beans with a blade, you get inconsistent grind size, from fine powder to sea salt sized bits. This results in some of the bean being over extracted (which tastes bitter), and some to be under extracted (which tastes weak and flat). Consider getting yourself a burr grinder. Professional coffee baristas will tell you that proper grinding is an essential step in creating an exceptional cup of coffee.
3) You had no idea that the ideal water temperature for brewing coffee is between 92-96 degrees celsius (not quite boiling). Under temperature water is a big culprit of weak, under extracted coffee. Boiling water burns the coffee grinds. Check the brewer you have been using, you may be surprised!
4) You pour water into your brewer straight from the tap. Water makes up 99% of your cup of coffee, so it only makes sense to use filtered water to get rid of unwanted odors and flavors, such as chlorine.
5) You can't remember the last time you really cleaned your coffee brewing equipment. Coffee bean oil builds up very quickly on your brewer. Coffee bean oil is bitter and if left to long, can even be rancid. Yuck! Clean your brewer after every use. This is one of the many reasons I love my french press... super easy to keep clean.
6) You think that the darker the roast, the more caffeine. Sorry to say, but no. The longer the coffee bean is roasted, the less caffeine there is. And as a side note, the darker the roast, the less flavor full the coffee too. Just like anything that gets over cooked...
7) You think that espresso beans are roasted differently than regular beans. This is a widespread misconception. Espresso is actually a brewing method; it is not a roast type or bean variety.
8) You have never thought to roast your own coffee. Roasting coffee at home is just as easy as making plain popcorn in your hot air popper. In fact, using a hot air popper is how most of us started out!