Coffee is a favorite beverage around the world. Morning, noon, or night a fresh cup of coffee is satisfying. In recent years we have been introduced to a wide array of coffees include gourmet. Gourmet coffee is considered gourmet because it is freshly ground from the coffee beans. Learning to make a great cup of gourmet coffee at home is deeply satisfying and simple as long as you keep in mind a few simple tips.
For the best flavor you should purchase whole coffee beans from specialty shops only. Although larger grocery stores are starting to carry coffee beans, the specialty shops beans tend to be fresher and therefore have more flavors.
When you grind your coffee beans only grind enough for current needs. This will keep the coffee fresh longer. If you don't have a grinder and buy the ground coffee, keep it in an airtight container. I t is important to close the bag or container tightly to keep the aroma in the coffee. Keep the coffee in a cool dry place, if you keep it in the refrigerator or freezer keeps it away from foods which produce a strong odor. The flavors may mix making the coffee bitter tasting. Try to use you coffee up in a few days to two weeks since coffee loses flavor quickly.
Water from the tap is fine although some people swear by fresh bottled spring water. No matter which type of water you choose, always use the coldest water possible. Water contains more oxygen the colder it is making the coffee richer and more flavorful. Do not use distilled water as it produces a flat cup of coffee.
Measuring your coffee is more a matter of taste than anything else. Generally it is recommended 1 teaspoon of coffee for every six ounces of water. Don't trust the measurements on your coffeemaker. Measure out the water to get the best tasting gourmet coffee.
When brewing, the best cup of gourmet coffee is brewed using the manual drip method, a French press pot, or a vacuum pot. Traditional drip pots do an okay job but vary greatly from each other. Some of the best coffeepots are quite expensive but well worth the money. Your coffee should only be kept warm on the burner for twenty minutes, after that it will become bitter. You should brew your coffee no more than five minutes before you plan to drink it, after that transfer the coffee to a thermos or carafe.
Drinking gourmet coffee black will preserve the most flavor. Using creamer in your coffee will produce a richer creamier taste. Skim milk will not change the taste much unless you add a lot, therefore is not recommended. If you would like to add sugar raw sugar will add sweeter flavor than white. For artificial sweeteners Splenda is recommended as other sweeteners will add a bitter taste to your coffee.
Making a gourmet cup of coffee at home is pleasing and easy to do. The flavor and aroma will satisfy you as well as stepping into your favorite specialty shop. Enjoy your gourmet coffee to the fullest by following these tips!
Every time you host a party, it always seems that your guests have a hard time talking to one another. Well, it might be because your living room is not set up right for it. Take a look around, if you have the couch over here, the love seat and chairs over there, you're guests probably are going to have a tough time talking. So, if you want a nice conversation area in your living room, you need to build it that way and lovely coffee tables are a great starting point.
If you are scratching your head as to why coffee tables are the answer, just keep reading. You see, you can build up everything else in your space around this wonderful furnishing to create a great spot where everyone can face and see each other to make talking and having a good time during those get-togethers easy. Take your living room for example, first you place the coffee table in the space, then add whatever kind of seating you want around it making sure that the seats are facing one another, then you add any other decorative touches that you want like lamps, pictures, and flowers and your space is good to go. With this space, anyone who sits down will then be sitting across from someone else so they can see and hear each other without any having anything in the way distracting them. Plus, you can also use the coffee table to set down drinks and other things if you want.
Along with being a great option for creating the ultimate conversation space, coffee tables will also add a nice decorative element to it as well. Why? Well, it is because this furnishing can be crafted out of a wide variety of eye-catching materials that can be finished off in a number of lovely stunning ways. You can get ones made out of wood, a combination of metal and glass, and even stone that feature all sorts of finishes like espresso, brushed stainless steel, and different painted colors. What is great about all these lovely materials and their finishes is that they produce coffee tables of many marvelous styles and designs, making it pretty effortless to find the perfect one to match your space and your tastes. Like, you can get ones that have a modern flare to them that have a metal base and glass table top or you can get traditional ones that feature elegant scrollwork.
For a stress free way to check out the different choices, just hit the world wide web for some comparison shopping. You can browse all the online stores and their products just with the glide of the mouse.
So, the next time you host a party, make sure that you have a space that is ideal for conversation and a great way to build that space is to start with beautiful coffee tables. Without a nice spot where everyone can talk and have a good time, your party might be over before it even begins.
Home coffee machines are available in a plethora of brands, how do you pick the best one? Before hitting the stores, take a close look at your own requirements.
Consider your budget and how much coffee you drink. Do you want a fully automatic machine or are you prepared to put in a bit of effort to get just the taste you love?
Whatever your requirements, whether you want a press machine, drip machine or a machine with a built in coffee grinder, there's a coffee machine out there ideal for you, so let's take a look at some of the various types and brands available here in South Africa.
Automatic drip coffee machine
These work by heating water and letting it drip through the coffee grounds held in a filter basket to a container, usually heated. These machines are probably the most popular and by adjusting the amount of water and coffee grounds put in can make between a single cup to 12 cups of coffee at a time.
Press or plunger coffee maker
If you are after a strong, full tasting and rich cup of coffee and you are not in a hurry, then the press or plunge maker could be the machine of choice for you. It uses a more coarsely ground coffee than the drip machine as the hot water is in contact with the coffee grounds immediately. After a few moments, the plunger can be pressed down, filtering the coffee grounds to the bottom and leaving freshly brewed coffee on top. Press makers are available in single cup or multi-cup models.
Bean to cup coffee machine
Rather than buying ready ground coffee, you may want to buy your own beans and use a bean to cup coffee machine. This eliminates the need to have a separate coffee grinder, simply fill the reservoir with beans of your choice and sit back and enjoy your perfect cup of coffee made in one easy step.
Cold brew machines
If you want to avoid that slightly acid taste in your coffee that comes from a hot brew machine, then the cold brew variant is the answer. The grounds are steeped in cold water for at least 12 hours, and then filtered to produce a coffee concentrate to which you simply add hot water or milk. The drawback is obviously the time it takes to produce the concentrate.
The best brands of coffee machines available in South Africa include Morphy Richards, Saeco, Caffitaly and KitchenAid, while Bodum, Bialetti and Eva Solo have excellent plunger makers. All have models in a range of styles and prices, so why not sit back with a cup of coffee as you make your choice?