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Why brew coffee at home?

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There is no doubt that coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world. Not everyone is aware that its history dates back as far as the 1st century BC. 

Coffee brewing methods 

These days, it is hard to imagine a break at work, a conference or a morning without it. Coffee also accompanies us on a first date and during family gatherings. It is safe to say that brewing coffee is a very pleasant daily ritual. It is important to remember that the way the drink is prepared should be adapted not only to the type of coffee, but also to the thickness of the beans and the equipment you have at your disposal. The quality of the coffee obviously has an impact on the final result in the form of a cup of delicious and aromatic drink. The freshness of the beans is also important. Of particular note is the fact that pure arabica is one of the most highly valued coffees, and its beans are available in a wide range of aromas. So-called singles, i.e. beans from one particular plantation, are worth using for the pour-over method of coffee brewing. Blends, i.e. arabica with the addition of robusta, can be used for intense espresso-type coffees. If you prefer, you can of course brew robusta alone. Such a coffee will certainly be much cheaper, but also less aromatic. It is worth mentioning that such a drink has almost twice as much caffeine. For hundreds of years, ground and roasted coffee beans have stimulated people to action. However, brewing aromatic coffee is not at all simple. There are different methods of brewing coffee and there is no clear answer as to which is best. Coffee beans also play an important role and should be of high quality. 

Filter coffee machine 

The method for brewing strong loose coffee is the drip coffee maker. This is probably the best choice for followers of coffee that immediately puts you on your feet. Coffee brewed this way has a higher caffeine content than a brew from a pressure machine, but is milder than a typical espresso. It is worth remembering that the classic filter coffee machine is not equipped with a milk frothing nozzle, but a separate milk frother can be used. A filter must be inserted into the coffee container and a portion of ground coffee beans poured in. Various models of coffee machine are available, so the container can be swivel, overhead or pull-out. Water needs to be poured into a special container with a heater, and once the water has boiled, it will pour through a tube through the coffee filter. This causes the finished brew to start seeping into the pot. The whole process should not take more than 10-15 minutes. However, it is worth the wait as the coffee is extremely aromatic and tasty. Another way is to brew Turkish-style coffee in a pot. Turkish-brewed coffee is strong, deep black and very aromatic. It can be brewed when you need a really quick wake-up call. However, simply pouring boiling water over ground coffee beans may not be enough. Above all, you will need a coffee pot, which is a small vessel that helps to bring out the unique flavour and aroma of the coffee bean. Such a pot can be enamelled or steel. The coffee beans, ground in a grinder, and sugar are placed in the pot. You can also add a pinch of spices, which add an interesting flavour and smell beautifully. The main rule of thumb is 1 heaping tablespoon of finely ground coffee per 1 cup of water. It will be a good idea to measure out one cup of water for each serving and add an extra half cup. There is no point in sweetening coffee that has already been brewed, as this can only change the taste. 

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Degree of burning of the beans 

It is apt to point out that the degree of roasting of the beans also determines the taste of the beverage. Three standard grades can be found on sale, namely light, medium and dark. Light grains are ideal for brewing methods such as drip or french press and are characterised by their acidity. Medium roast beans are suitable for café coffee and are a little stronger in flavour. Dark beans, on the other hand, have the most intense aroma and are used for brewing coffee in pressure or flask machines. The degree of grinding of the beans is also an important issue related to taste and the choice of coffee preparation. It is generally accepted that the shorter the brewing time, the coarser the beans should be ground. However, without looking at the coarseness, coffee from freshly ground beans always tastes best. When analysing the ways of brewing coffee, one cannot forget the popular 'loose' coffee, i.e. coffee brewed in a cup. You place the ground beans in the bottom of the pot and then pour boiling water over them. The coffee is ready to drink immediately once the grounds have subsided. It should be noted, however, that if the coffee is in contact with the water for too long, the aroma of the drink is significantly reduced. The choice of coffee must be matched to the brewing method. If you brew your coffee in a drip or pour-over machine, the coffee should be pure and homogenous. You can, of course, buy ready-ground coffee, but you will get a much better flavour from freshly ground beans. This is why it pays to invest in a bean grinder. Too high a water temperature is the most common mistake when brewing coffee. After reading this article carefully, you should already know what types of coffee there are. 

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