I am a huge coffee drinker and have been for more than half my life now. I just cannot seem to get my day started without a few cups of my favorite coffee. Now that the school year has started, I have my favorite to go cup I can take with me as I drop the boys off at school. While I was sipping a cup of coffee recently, I wondered if my way of making coffee was correct. I know the steps, but am I doing everything I can to get the best pot of coffee every time? If you are curious as well, I thought I would share these tips from Starbucks on how you can be making great coffee at home:
- Proportion: There is a balance of proportion between coffee and water to make a great pot of coffee. Most people either use too much or not enough coffee, which can make it bitter or watered down. The folks at Starbucks recommend to use 6 ounces of water for every 2 Tbsp. of coffee and then add water after if needed.
- Roast: Which roast is right for you? There are so many to choose ranging from mild to very strong. If you like a milder flavor, you may enjoy the Blonde Roast from Starbucks. For the lover of a strong coffee flavor, you may want to brew a cup of the Dark Sumatra. For recommendations, you can visit your local Starbucks and ask the friendly barista or visit them online for help.
- Grind: Did you know different brewing methods need different grind sizes? If you are using an automatic drip machine, you would use a medium grind but a coarse grind is better when using a French press. Be careful not to grind it too fine or you will get a bitter flavor while a watery flavor will occur with a too coarse grind.
- Water: Because coffee is 98% water, you want to use a good tasting water to brew your coffee. Using fresh and filtered water will help give you a great tasting cup every time.
- Freshness: To keep coffee fresh you should store it in an opaque and airtight container at room temperature and use within a week. The best way to store coffee is sealed in the coffee bag in a cupboard. Contrary to popular belief, never store coffee in a refrigerator or freezer for daily because moisture condenses on the coffee and can damage it. Whole bean coffee stays fresher longer because there is less surface to react to oxygen, so Starbucks recommends grinding immediately before use.
Making Great Coffee At Home
With these great tips from Starbucks, you can start making great coffee at home. When you are not at home, where do you go for great tasting coffee? I am a loyal Starbucks customer because I trust their brand, they offer a huge variety of flavors and they make it the way I want it. Because I visit them pretty often, I decided to sign up for the My Starbucks Rewards™, which was introduced in December 2009. This loyalty card program gives you personalized rewards which increase, depending on how often you use it. You can earn rewards like a free beverage or food item on your birthday and points towards other Starbucks products.
This past May, My Starbucks Rewards™ expanded into grocery, allowing customers to earn stars for purchases of Starbucks packaged coffee where they buy groceries. By purchasing specially-marked Starbucks® packaged coffee, you will see a unique star code and can be redeemed online. Also, the My Starbucks Rewards™ has expaned into Teavana Stores, where customers use their registered Starbucks Card and earn stars for purchases made at Teavana store locations. (rewards are not yet redeemable at Teavana). You can purchase your favorite Starbucks items in stores or online, where you can also join the My Starbucks Rewards™.
One USA reader will win a variety of (5) 1-lb. bags of Starbucks coffee and Fundamentals of Brewing Coffee magnet (ARV $60.00)