Fall Tips For The Perfect Cup of Coffee at Home

Making the perfect cup of coffee just like your favorite barista has always been led us to an unanswerable question. But fear not, we have gone to the U.S. Brewer’s Cup winner, Sarah Anderson, to find out the right tool to brew your coffee. Sarah explains there are many ways to brew coffee from percolators, vacuum pots and coffee-cones for a pour over method. But, Anderson’s preferred method is French press if she is going to be adding milk and sugar to her cup.

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Photo courtesy of Google Images

But, it’s not only in the way you brew the coffee, but it also comes down to the coffee beans that you use. Different regions have different flavors of coffee and acidity level. African coffees tend to be lighter in flavor and have a citric acidity to them, whereas Central and South American coffees tend to have cherry and chocolate flavors and are mellow in acidity.

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Photos courtesy of Google Images

Another tip you need to take into consideration when brewing the perfect cup is the grind of the coffee. Too fine of a grind can cause the coffee to taste bitter and too coarse of a ground can taste to sour. The best way to find the right flavor is to play with the grinds and find what best suites your palate.

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Photo courtesy of Google Images

Last, but not least, the water. It’s something that most of us tend to take for granted when it comes to brewing the perfect cup. But, living in the Los Angeles area, the water is hard water, which means that there are minerals and when brewing the coffee those minerals get mixed in to the flavor of the coffee and alter it by the time its ready to be consumed.

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Photo courtesy of Google Images

Intelligentsia, as well as most coffee shops nowadays, sells filtered water. So for the coffee aficionados making a usual trip  to your regular coffee spot, don’t forget to grab a bottle of filtered water to be able to make that perfect cup at home.

–Michele Franco

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