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Coffee Facts

Coffee Facts

A good cup of coffee is like fine wine and good quality cigars. There are various different types of coffee beans and these determine the flavors that the blend presents for the coffee connoisseur.

Many coffee makers blend a combination of the lower cost Robusta beans with the more expensive Arabica gourmet beans. The Arabica beans have a finer aroma, a richer flavor and more body than the less expensive beans.

The quality of the coffee is dependant on the proportions of the mix of these beans. Quite often a coffee might be advertised as a blend of gourmet beans and lower grade beans when in fact there are only small traces of the gourmet beans in the blend.

The gourmet beans gain much of their flavor from the soils they are grown in, with the best beans coming from the volcanic regions where the rich soils produce the best tasting beans.

Coffee should always be made from fresh beans as the quality diminishes rapidly with age. This is quite noticeable when comparing a supermarket grade coffee with a coffee made from freshly ground beans at a coffee shop. Bear in mind that the supermarket coffees generally have a lower blend quality and in many cases the blends also have a proportion of older beans to reduce the production costs.

The only way you can be assured of quality and taste is to buy fresh gourmet quality. Once you have acquired the taste for gourmet coffee you might never want to drink commercial grade coffee again.

You can buy coffee from many different regions throughout the world and each one has it’s own unique flavor.

Coffee aficionados can pick the region where the coffee bean was grown just by tasting it. The method of processing the beans also has an effect on the final flavor so you can’t always assume that a coffee will be good just because it came from a particular region.

Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages and more suppliers are catering to the needs of an ever-growing demand.

How To Choose A Coffee Maker


Have you seen the choices in coffee makers today? Have you seen what they can do? I don’t think it will be long before they are able to bring you your cup of coffee in bed!

There are the very popular filter machines, French press and stove top espresso coffee makers. There are glass carafe coffee makers, thermal carafe coffee makers, some industrial sizes with two pots that brew at the same time. If you are into espresso did you know that there are three different types of espresso makers to choose from? Steam, pump or piston. How about the coffee maker that makes you one individual cup of coffee?


Then, to complicate it even more there is the decision of what you want the coffee maker to do other than brew coffee!!! Do you want your coffee maker to have a pause so that you can pull the pot out for your first cup before it is finished brewing? Or, do you want your coffee maker to have the coffee ready for you when you get up? Do you want to be able to grind your own beans? If yes, do you want a separate coffee bean grinder or do you want one that is built right into the coffee maker? If you say yes, do you want your coffee maker to figure out just the right amount of ground coffee for the amount of water you choose? How about the strength of coffee? There are machines that let you choose how strong they brew your coffee. Some have built in water filters. Some have auto turn offs. Some allow you to use a permanent filter rather than deal with messy paper filters.

If you head isn’t spinning enough now comes the toughest decision of all… what type of coffee do you want? Do you prefer a light roast or a medium roast or a dark roast? How about an Italian or Espresso roast – the heaviest of all roasts. Have you thought about roasting your own beans? There are many sources of green beans available and home coffee roasters can easily be purchased and you can be well on your way to not only brewing your coffee, but roasting your beans.

Brewing A Perfect Cup Of Coffee

Brewing Perfect Coffee

Brewing a great cup of coffee depends on a number of things such as the quality of the coffee bean, the quality of the water being used, the type of brewing being done, and the grind of the coffee. Now quality of bean and water is something you can easily take care. Just use good quality beans and pure water. However the relationship between the grind of the coffee and the type of brewing being done is more detailed and could use a little explanation. Now we all know that we make coffee by passing hot water over crushed coffee beans. However for it to really work well we need to understand just how long the water should be passing over the beans. The purpose of this article is to help you understand how to match your coffee’s grind to the type of brewing you are doing in order to make the best coffee possible.

Generally speaking, the ‘soaking’ time relates directly to how coarse the coffee is ground. This means that smaller coffee grinds need less contact with the water, and coarser grinds need longer contact. Espresso coffee is only exposed to water for 20-40 seconds and as a result is made using extremely fine grind coffee. A French press coffee maker can take as much as 4 minutes and uses an extremely coarse grind. If coffee is left contacting water for too long for its grind size, unwanted extracts emerge and make the coffee taste bitter. Of course if the grind is too large and the water passes very quickly (like using frech press grind in an espresso maker), very little of the caffeine and flavours extracted and will have poor flavour.

Of course filters play an important role in managing the balance between over and under brewing your coffee. Not only do they keep the grind out of your cup, but they also control how fast the water passes over the grinds. Paper filters are the most common, but many people are also using metal varieties. Paper filters are quite good. However they can absorb some of the coffee flavour, and some people claim they can taste the paper in the final coffee. Metal filters are normally made from stainless steel or gold plated mesh. They have very fine weave and filter out the coffee grinds very well. They also do not alter the taste of the coffee at all. Metal filters are also more environmentally friendly than the paper alternative.

Whichever you choose, be sure to buy decent quality. Cheap filters often clog or not allow the coffee to brew properly. A decent quality metal filter will last years and save money in the end.

Brewing a cup of coffee is not that hard. Brewing a great cup takes a little more understanding, but isn’t any harder. Start with fresh beans and good clean water and then match your brewing style to the proper grind and then mess around with the exact proportions and pretty soon your be brewing killer coffee every time.

Do It Yourself: Making Your Perfect Coffee Espresso

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Baristas or professional coffee makers has their own different technique for making their own signature style of coffee. We think that baristas have secret recipes in making their coffee taste good, but here’s a wild technique that everyone should know for making your own perfect cup of coffee.

Here’s a secret that is not a secret in making your coffee taste good, it simply begins with freshwater. Water to be used for your coffee should be good, not stale, mildewy, unclean and especially no to not properly filtered, always keep in mind no amount of suitable coffee grounds will matter when using uncleaned water. Of course, when talking about the perfect temperature when is the best time to pour the hot water it should be about at boiling point.

What is the best coffee to be used? When choosing for the right coffee bean, choose those who have grown 3000 feet above sea level. Here’s a list of coffee beans that you can make for espresso;

  • Brazilian, Bogotan – This type of coffee bean is great to make espresso and a top choice by many . These coffee beans are fresh at least for three days and they smell good when pre-roasted.
  • Robusta – This coffee bean is commonly used for espresso coffee machines and last favorite by many because aside from it contains more caffeine it also has very little flavor. On the other hand, among all the coffee trees Robusta beans have the strongest disease resistance and they are easy to grow.

When making espresso the coffee bean should be finely ground, and to achieved this the coffee bean should be ground on burr blades. These blades have plates with two teeth that usually pyramid in shape and forces the coffee beans to be ground in between. However, coffee beans like Viennese or French roast are best chopped in coffee grinders because they are darker.

How to determine a finely grind coffee bean? Usually, you can determine the space between the plates. Finely grind grains must be a size of sand not to croaky or dusty. When removing ground coffee from the grinder be sure to make it quick , to avoid too much exposure to air making it oxidize and nearby smells because garlic flavored coffee would be horrible!

The secret in having a great cup of espresso is making it done in a quality espresso machine so that you can experience the real goodness of coffee espresso or the experience is not worth it! Meaning you need the help of a 9 bar pump pressure coffee machine or more, because, without a good coffee machine, it will not produce enough temperature or boiler heat to properly brew the coffee grinds. When you have a quality espresso machine the water will heat to the right temperature giving you a quality espresso goodness. Keep in mind to avoid steamed-pressurized machines, because this will not give you a quality espresso, and always be careful not to burn yourself.

Let’s move on to the exciting part, which is making the coffee.Good espresso requires a clean coffee machine, in preparing you also need to warm up the machine and run fresh water to it. Just Turn on your machines while waiting for the water to heat up, ones the water is ready simply flush the system and pour a cup of plain warm water to its surfaces.

Next step is adding your coffee grounds, just remember not to get per excited when doing this and slightly pack the grounds down just like making a pipe style tobacco.The texture should slightly feel pliable, but should not move around when you removed your finger.

After doing it all firmly put back the hopper into the coffee machine. It’s time now to get your espresso cup and place it underneath the opening, Press start, just wait for five seconds and ta-dah! Freshly made espresso shot all the way from your coffee machine

When you have a quality coffee machine, you can make different coffee variations and enjoy the goodness of it. Cappuccino is one of the favorite by many, aside from it taste good, i is also easy to do. All you need are just two ingredients to make a house blend cappuccino, First you need a half-cup of milk and microwave it for 90 seconds until it froths. Slowly poured the milk on top of the espresso to infused the milk and the coffee. Lastly, add extra sweetness by garnishing a nutmeg, chocolate powder or cinnamon, then dust it lightly with brown sugar.


How to Make A Tastier Cup Of Coffee In Different Variation

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Coffee has become a large part of our everyday lives, each cup serves as a morning kicker to start the day. Most of the time when we catch up with our friends or we just want to chill by ourselves, we often go down to the nearest coffee house to grab a cup of coffee. Sometimes when we visit a place for a tour the first shop we often locate is the nearest coffee house in the location.

What do we often Order in the coffee house? Most of the time we go down to our local coffee house to order our favorite cup of coffee  like; espresso,lattes,cappuccino,cafe mocha and other coffee variations. But what makes these coffees taste so great? Is it their artistic presentation and fancy coffee cups?

Factors that affects the taste of our coffee are basically its recipe and the way it looks . So yes presentation is one factor in making a coffee taste good . Well, on the other hand, we all have differences in taste, style, and favorite coffee variation to our everyday cup of coffee. Depending  on how the coffee was rightfully prepared in factors of; grinding and roasting the coffee beans, the quantity of ingredient used,amount of water,boiling temperature and other small details that we might think it will not affect – but it will greatly affect the taste of our coffee when executed in a right or wrong way.

When recreating at home the goodness of the coffee we often ordered at the coffee house , we imagine that it’s like mixing a “3in1” instant coffee where we just steer and sip the goodness of it.  But do we really know how to make a reall good coffee? Do we have the proper technique in recreating the captivating flavor or our favorite coffee variation we often ordered at the coffee house? Here are some basic list of how to make a tastier cup of coffee the different variations.

Cappuccino – one of the favorites by many, a lot were saying that cappuccino is the same as cafe latte, but for sure they have their differences especially in mixture. To make a perfect coffee house style cappuccino, all ingredients must be all equally part steamed, especially the frothed milk and shots of coffee. There is no exact measure of the ingredients, the taste may depend on how you want your coffee to be strong and creamy. After getting the right richness of the coffee shots , milk then gets poured on top of the shot and finished up by topping any seasoning of your choice; a nutmeg, cinnamon or chocolate powder adds extra goodness for our cup of cappuccino.

Cafe Mocha – perhaps this is the easiest coffee variation you can do at home, where you can incorporate your taste and style for coffee. There is no limit on how you go far, for your hot chocolate and coffee shots for creating your perfect blend of cafe mocha.  The secret recipe for creating a coffee house blend cafe mocha is a quality hot chocolate and a shot of coffee. There is no exact measure of how strong the coffee shot should be, this will depend on you. Of course, you can’t have a perfect cafe mocha without the richness of milk poured and the creaminess of the whipped cream on top, and dusting a small amount of chocolate powder. Enjoy more the goodness of your homemade cafe mocha  when serves on a clear glass cup having a long-stemmed spoon.

Lattes – This coffee variation is so much easy to do, it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients because all you need is just two.  Well, to be exact all you need is a coffee and milk. Lattes are foamy in mixture and the difference between cappuccino – milk and coffee are blended well together while in cappuccino the two ingredients are kept in two parts. To create homemade lattes the ratio or each ingredient must be 50% coffee and 50% milk steamed to 75 degrees (C) . To get the richness of the flavor, slowly pour the milk on the side of the cup to slowly infuse with the coffee shot.

Espresso – this is the trickiest coffee variation to do at home, a lot who tried making their own espresso ends up on doing it wrong. One of the common mistake in creating espresso is the availability or choice for the right coffee bean used. Good coffee bean is crucial for making great espresso. and if you like coffee espresso, most likely you’re a lover of all things coffee and you should know the best coffee bean to use to create a great taste coffee espresso. Follow these instruction to do your homemade coffee espresso;

  • Coffee beans are the most important ingredients to make espresso. When making  coffee espresso make sure to it that our coffee beans are finely ground to get the right kick of the espresso shot.
  • When packing the grind coffee bean  in the coffee bag, make it sure to pack carefully and firmly.
  • To make your coffee espresso, you need a high-pressure coffee machine or use an alternative of a stove top model coffee maker to brew the ground coffee.
  • When doing your espresso shot make small amount first and not to have much coffee at ones.
  • To have a perfect house blend espresso, you should see the cream perfectly floating on top on the golden-brown foam.
  • Lastly to enjoy the goodness, serve on a suitable espresso coffee cup to keep the coffee warm and more enjoyable.

These are simple steps that you can follow to make a tastier cup of your everyday coffee in different variations. We all have different taste on how we want our coffees to be; strong,sweet, smooth or creamy. We all have a different blend of taste buds, so making our perfect variation of coffee is all up to us. If you want to create a tastier cup of coffee then make one, you can follow our guide for the different coffee variations. But if you have a special guest, you might want to make a safer mix of coffee, just make a basic blend and not a difficult one. Whether you like coffee espresso,coffee latte,cappuccino, or coffee mocha just follow the simple list to create your perfect blend of coffee.