If you are a coffee-oholic like us here at Match Made Coffee, then you are always looking for a way to make better coffee. Sometimes we talk about everything from the water you use, to the roast types, or unique types of coffee beans.
But, what can you do right now with what you have? Today you will find out just that: how to make better coffee.
1) Use a French Press
Not only does a French Press give you a lot more control over your brewing, but it does not use a traditional paper filter. Paper filters can absorb some of the natural oils, taking it from your cup of coffee. And, it is the oils in the coffee that really make a big difference on everything from flavor, to giving you access to coffee’s full range of health benefits.
If you do not have a French Press, then look into getting filters that are not so absorbent.
2) Run Water Through Your Slow Drip
You have a slow drip machine and not a French Press? No problem. But switching to a less absorbent filter and cleaning the coffee pot is not enough. At least once per week run a full pot of water through the system by itself. This will help clean out the hard to reach and hard to clean parts of your coffee maker, and you will be surprised.
If you want to know how to make better coffee, you don’t want little pieces of coffee sitting in there, festering and rotting, do you? You will get a less stale flavor immediately after doing this.
3) Use Airtight Containers
The more air that touches your coffee beans, the more quickly it will taste stale. Ideally you have a bag of coffee that you can squeeze the air out of and completely reseal (like Match Made Coffee‘s pouches).
This is also why it is better to have whole coffee beans that you grind right before brewing, rather than pre-ground coffee beans. When you grind coffee beans air is touching a lot more of your coffee, eroding it more quickly.
Also, when you store coffee beans in a container that is not airtight, the coffee beans absorb the nearby odors. If you store your coffee in the refrigerator or cabinet, your coffee beans are absorbing those onion, garlic, or other odors around your kitchen.
4) Properly Choose Your Coffee Storage Place
Moisture, heat, and light are all bad for your coffee. If you want to know how to make better coffee, you need quality coffee that has not been ruined.
There is a lot of debate about whether to freeze, refrigerate, or store your coffee beans at room temperature. Our take is that if you are needing to freeze or refrigerate your coffee beans, then you are buying too much coffee.
You still want to consume your coffee as close to its roast date as possible. We do our subscription service monthly, because after roasting that is the time frame where coffee quality starts to degrade.
Putting coffee in the refrigerator and freezer exposes it to additional moisture exposure risk. Refrigerators and freezers also contain a lot of odors from other food. So, because it is tough to tell if your containers are truly airtight, we recommend staying away from that route.
Keep your coffee in packaging that does not let light through. Keep your coffee in a place that does not get too hot or cold. And consume your coffee within a month, and you will be fine.