A Beginner’s Guide To Coffee: Beans And Equipments

May 21, 2020

There are far too many YouTube channels that specifically talk about how to brew a classic cup of coffee at home. However, they specialize in DIY style videos that teach one to adapt to coffee according to them. On the other hand, one of the best Toronto coffee shops that specialize in training beginners to brew coffee at home brings you tips regarding the types of equipment and coffee to use.

What It Take To Make Good Coffee?

Coffee Beans

Always go for whole bean coffee rather than ground coffee, and everything else depends upon your personal taste. If you prefer that your cup of coffee has a fruity floral taste, or if you prefer a nuttier chocolatey note, then the coffee beans you prefer will change accordingly. But if you’re a newbie in the coffee world, you might quite prefer a recommendation rather than choosing one for yourself.

Coffee Storage Tips

  • Roast Date Is Important – Coffee is essentially a natural product, and thus it has a shelf life as well. The shelf life of each coffee varies; however, a good rule of thumb to follow while buying coffee is to buy only as much as you will consume in the same week. Roasted coffee is only good between 8 to 21 days after roasting. So, do not hold onto roasted beans longer than that duration. Read more on should be Food Blog.
  • Always Store Coffee In An Air-Tight Container – Coffee is supposed to be stored in an air-tight container at normal room temperature. The coffee must also be stored away from direct sunlight. And, remember never to store coffee in the fridge. Coffee has the tendency to absorb the aromas of all other food in the fridge.

Brewing Equipment

  • Grinder – A simple grind rule suggests that the fresher the grind, the better the taste. This being the reason that you are recommended to buy only whole beans and grind them yourself, as opposed to buying ground beans.

There are two types of grinders:

  • Burr – They are considered as superior to blade ones as they grind the coffee beans more evenly, which makes for consistency in coffee taste.
  • Blade – Blade grinders, on the other hand, are more affordable. They can compromise the taste of the coffee. This is why we recommend that beginners should go for handheld burr grinders as they give a good quality grind and are also reasonably priced.

NOTE: Only grind as much as you need for your daily use.

  • Scale – Regardless of the recipe or brewing machinery you use, measure the coffee and water you use. There are two ways to measure them, either by volume or by weight. Using the weight system to measure it produces much more accuracy in the measure and consistency of the coffee than measuring by volume. Get a pair of scales that measure to 0.1g or more.
  • Thermometer – The temperature of the water used to brew your cup of coffee is also crucial, and it affects how your coffee tastes. The recommended range of temperature of the water should be between 90.5 – 96 degrees C.
  • Timer – Apart from the temperature of the water used, the measure of the volume of coffee used, the other facet that is of equal importance is brew time. It has a significant impact on the taste of the coffee. Make sure you only brew as long as the suggested timing is on the package of the coffee.

These are the few key coffee types of equipment and beans information that you should know as a beginner to coffee. However, if you think this information is too much for you to follow at home, the best alternative to going through with brewing coffee at home is heading to the best coffee roasters in Toronto. They will perfect the brewing, and you will love every sip of your coffee.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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