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The best baristas can measure a preferred coffee strength perfectly without even so much as a spoon. However, for those of us who do not yet know how to make works of art out of cappuccino foam, getting the right ratio of water to coffee is a science.
After you determine how you like your brew (light, medium, or strong) this coffee calculator put together by Your Best Digs will help you measure how to get the cup you want – something that perks you up without making you jittery.
Everyone’s preference is different, so you can start with the instructions here and then add or lessen the ratio to taste. Of course, different coffee beans make different strengths, so it’s also important to taste test and even, perhaps, have beans that match your mood.
Other tips toward making a miraculous mug
Ground fresh beans
While it’s easier to buy coffee that ground already, there is a profound flavor difference when you grind the beans right before you intend to drink. This is because the beans release flavor more rapidly based on surface area, and when the beans are ground their surface area is much greater. Get the beans and a grinder, you’ll taste the difference. Also remember to keep the beans fresh by putting them in an airtight container.
There is significant debate on the best way to make a cup of fresh coffee. For some, the pour over method is the only way, others prefer a french press, but whichever you use, make sure you keep it very clean between uses to avoid a stale coffee taste.
Get quality ingredients
Nothing to it, right? All you need is coffee and hot water. But, there are a number of ways you can improve your cup with the right elements.
- Bean quality: There are two major types of beans, Arabica and Robusta. Arabica are relatively well known as a superior bean with more flavor, while Robusta are cheaper with more caffeine content, but drinkers point to a bitter and harsh flavor. If you care about flavor, seek out 100% Arabica.
- Water quality: Tap water might be fine, depending on where you live, but chlorinated or sulfurous waters can ruin your cup. However, going with distilled or softened water is equally a bad choice as the minerals in water make for a better experience.
- Filter quality: You’d think, how different can one filter be from another? But getting a quality filter changes your coffee experience. Filters that have been “oxygen-bleached” or use “dioxin-free” paper are best. Or you can invest in a metal (ideally gold-plated) filter, that will last you a lifetime.
Coffee can be a great sustainer and getting the taste just right makes the experience of drinking that first cup of the day all the sweeter. Put together the right calculation with the best materials you can and you’ll soon be sipping your way to paradise.
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