Brewing your coffee is something you might do with great pleasure or you find it annoying, some do it slowly trying to enjoy the whole process (and especially what comes next), other ones do it in a hurry. Whatever your style is, we approve it, as long as you have found your own way to do it and it fits for you.
Still, there are certain tips and hints that you might find useful on http://www.espressomachinejudge.com/ to perhaps improve this experience and make it more satisfactory for you or, simply because good brewing means a very good coffee after all.
Depending on the coffee machine you use, of course the methodology of brewing the coffee will change from one to the other. Also, depending on what coffee you use, beans or grinded, mild or weak, brewing techniques vary. Still, we would first suggest four golden rules that apply to all:
- Always use fresh coffee. The already grind coffee you may pick up of the supermarket shelves has a maximum of six months life, afterwards it is no longer fresh. Also, they offer it in big packs which means that you will also keep it several weeks at home and at the end, your coffee will just smell like it but taste nothing like it. If you are lucky enough to have a local coffee shop close to home or office, than you should definitely take advantage of it and buy your coffee fresh from this store. Also, try to purchase it frequently and in small quantities. This way it will always be fresh. People do not usually think about it, but fresh coffee gives a much more tasteful drink.
- Grind your own coffee. If you can, purchase your coffee in beans and grind it yourself at home. Most of the espresso machines have an added process of grinding coffee (yes, they look exactly like the ones from the bar) that you can use for a better taste of your drink. Maybe you haven’t thought about it, but the truth is that upgrading yourself to a coffee grinder as well will result in a much more tasteful coffee. Try it!
- Use filtered water. We all think that as long as the tap water is drinkable, it is suitable for anything else, cooking, making coffee etc. The truth is that even though tap water may be drinkable, it contains chemical elements (placed there for our safety) that will affect the final result and the taste of your coffee. So, whatever coffee machine you are using, filter the water before using it. You may be surprised of the result.
- Keep away from the reach of children. Hot beverages and caffeine are two dangerous elements for your children (or the children of family and friends that you have invited at home), so always keep in mind to keep your coffee machines, coffee leftovers, coffee beans or cans away from the reach of children. They can get hyperactive if they have any.