Did you celebrate National Coffee Day on Tuesday?? I’ll admit that I have an official coffee addition. Rather it’s more a caffeine addition I’m sure, but coffee is the method in which I have chosen to satisfy said addition. The plus side here is that I’ve spent countless hours finding the perfect combinations to make the best tasting at home coffee and I’m going to break that down for you here today.
IF USING WHOLE COFFEE BEANS
The most extra way to ensure that you have an amazing coffee each day is to buy whole beans and grind them up daily. If that’s your plan, then follow these tips!
- Check the beans you’re getting for NO OIL. Ironically you want beans that have little to no oil residue on the outside of them, because the hope here is that you’ve got beans that have soaked up all the flavors and oils that they’ve been roasted in.
- Find a good quality grinder that can grind them into a fine powder, pretty quickly.
- Use the brewing method of your choice but make sure that you use about 2 tablespoons of the coffee per cup you plan to brew. For example, we brew a 12cup karaf, so we use 24 (sounds like an insane amount but isn’t I promise) or more tablespoons of our grounds per brew.
- If using any type of sugar, syrup or creamer make sure it’s also a high quality. Nick uses real sugar in his coffee, and actual milk instead of a creamer. This helps keep the flavor of the coffee pretty close to it’s original flavor and doesn’t add too much too it.
IF USING COFFEE GROUNDS FROM THE BAG
- Make sure to buy coffee that has a valve on the bag. Good quality coffee needs to have a place for the extra carbon dioxide to release once the beans have been roasted and cooled. And of course you want to be able to smell them before you buy them (lol).
- Check to see whats been added, if anything, to the grounds. You don’t really want something that has a million different flavors added or something that’s too overpowering, especially if you plan to add your own flavors.
BEST BREWING METHODS
1. The number one best method is a French Press
This is probably mostly opinion based, but this article breaks down how french press works and what makes it the best brewing technique for flavor and quality. Chances are if you don’t like how traditional coffee tastes in a coffee pot, you’ll actually like french press coffee.
2. Pour Over Coffee
Pour overs take a lot longer because you have to continually pour hot water over the grounds as it brews into the pot, but this is also another method that allows the full flavor of the coffee beans to be used and leaves you with a really great tasting cup of coffee.
3. Drip Coffee
This is your traditionally brewed cup of coffee, getting it’s name from it’s literal action of dripping into the cup from the beans. This method doesn’t really allow the FULL flavor of beans to be expelled but it’s obviously still a great method.
OUR FAVORITE RECIPES
Java House Coffee Pods
1 Columbia Coffee Pod
1 Tablespoon of Rose Syrup
2 Tablespoons Hazelnut Syrup
1/4 Cup of Milk (or favorite creamer or milk substitute)
Stir and enjoy!
Pour Over Coffee
1 cup of coffee brewed your favorite style
1 Tablespoon of Pumpkin Pie Syrup
Microwave 1/4 cup of milk for 30 seconds
Froth 1/4 cup of milk for 30-45 seconds
Pour over the top of coffee
OUR FAVORITE PRODUCTS
Questions about coffee or any of our favorite methods? Connect with me one of these ways and I would LOVE to talk to you 🙂
Enjoy all the wonderful coffee making my friends!