Food

23 March 2020
What you must know about Coffee

Coffee is an irreplaceable passion for many. Coffee culture on the other hand is an endless learning domain with numerous types, recipes, or methods. But, what is it about coffee that makes it so special? What do you need to know when you are choosing or brewing your coffee? We listed it all for you. 

There are important factors like grinding methods, which differs based on how you prefer your coffee. You need a coarser grind for French press whereas you need a finer grind for brewing. Turkish coffee and espresso are also fine grinds. With the new generation coffee wave storming through the world, new methods have also emerged, and this information basically became common knowledge among coffee-lovers.

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No matter how you prefer your coffee, there are some standing details to remember.

First of all, you need to remember that coffee is actually a plant. Hence, the numerous varieties. How the coffee was grown, whether it is washed, and the efficiency of the soil are all factors that affect its taste. The “freshness” of coffee emphasized in this new generation coffee wave also stems from the more prominent plant-based features of it. Just like all plants, remember that freshness is of utmost importance.

The second factor to remember is whether your coffee is “local” or “blend”, and the altitude at which it is grown. We know that caffeine is produced by the coffee plant to protect itself against insects. Actually, coffee is not the only plant that produces caffeine. Over 60 types of plants produce caffeine in varying amounts. Because there are more insects at lower altitudes, coffee plants grown at lower altitudes have a higher amount of caffeine, whereas the ones grown at higher altitudes have a lower amount. If you want a coffee with a higher amount of caffeine, we suggest you choose coffees from lower altitudes. 

Coffee-lovers who prefer stronger coffees with higher caffeine levels mostly select dark-roast beans, espresso or Turkish coffee. However, those who prefer to taste that famous fruit-like flavor choose lighter roasts and brew with pour-over method. Remember that the best coffee is what suits you.

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Another important factor is coffee/water ratio. This ratio is mostly the cause behind negative comments like “this coffee is too dark” or “this coffee is too watery”. Finding the ideal ratio again depends on your preference and the freshness of your coffee. You can try what coffee experts recommend to find your ideal taste. According to a general view, this ratio is about 65 grams of coffee per liter of water. For those who don’t have a kitchen scale, coffee measuring spoons are usually about 7 grams.

It might be beneficial to say that coffee is best accompanied by a nice conversation. So, don’t forget to invite your loved ones over for a coffee. 

Bon Appetit!