• They may have a higher turnover rate, and keep them in the freezer to retain the volatile molecules.
  • The perfect cup of Jo. Stop using your coffee maker! There is something about automatic coffee makers that make a good bean taste like crap. For some reason it tastes more cooked than it does brewed. Let me teach you how to brew a cup of jo at home for your own personal enjoyment and sanity. My fave beans are medium bodied with a strong Earthy overtone, I recommend beans from Central America like Guatamalan, or Nicaraguan, or an Indian roasted coffee from this region. A fresh ground one pound bag should be stored in a cool dark pantry, and should NEVER BE STORED IN THE FRIGE OR FREEZER. (Anyone who tells you that does not know what they are talking about.) The coffee will keep and remain store bought fresh for thirty days after ground. Freezing coffee forms ice crystals in the grind and ruins the natural oils of the coffee. Refrigeration causes humidity within the grind and can pre-maturely leach out the essential oils that your trying to harvest, so a cool dark dry place away from heat and light works best. You will need a water kettle, spring or purified water, No.2 Brown paper coffee filters and you will need to buy a Melitta coffee cup with a No.2 Manual Brew cone. They are cheap and last forever. Follow the instructions on the Melitta package and set up the cone and cup and add the boiling water. Fill to the top of the cone and don't add anymore water. After coffee is brewed remove cone and taste, careful it's hot. If it's to strong add a bit more water, if to weak, replace the cone and pour more water on the grind. It will take a bit of experimentation before you know your precise taste. Add half and half or whatever and enjoy with a donut. Oh I also recommend a medium grind, a fine grind tends to clog the filter. Check out the sites below, I get my coffee from Los Armadillo's they are Austins best kept secret when it comes to coffee and they are nominally inexpensive considering the high grade of product they sell. Ive seen these guys work, check'em out.
  • Most homebrewers and grinders just cannot meet the level of quality that commercial grinders and brewers do. Without spending a fortune, there are few things that you can do to improve your coffee at home (sunblynd has some terrific suggestions, so I will just add on here): Find a burr grinder for home use and read about how to get the correct grind for whatever brewing method you use. Adjust your recipe - chances are your recipe is too weak, which is a common mistake in the US. I agree about NOT storing beans in the freezer. However, I buy my beans one pound at time, which will last me about a week. I think that two weeks is the longest I will keep beans. I grind one pot a time as coffee will go stale about 20 minutes after grinding.. Last, I only buy beans from roasters who put a 'Born On' date on the bag. Hope this helps!
  • I beleive the machine as well as the Barrista has a lot to do with it.
  • Several factors... One, the commerical coffee makers are completely different than the more common home verison, the drip systems and the heating systems are completely different. Two, are you grinding the beans or having the coffee shop grind the beans? It could be that you're not having the beans ground properly for your individual coffee maker. Three, most coffee shops take maticulous care of not only their beans but their equipment. Everything, including all brewing equipment is washed every night. During the day, a fresh batch of coffee is brewed every hour. Four, you might consider getting yourself a french press. It's a different type of coffee maker and yet very simple to use.
  • Because the coffee shop is full of nothing BUT the aroma of coffee. With very few exceptions, I imagine a kitchen does not smell the same as a coffee shop. What you are smelling is ALL the coffee there, not just what is in your cup.
  • i buy bean coffee and you can buy a decent grinder for 10-15 bucks i buy Starbucks or dunkin donuts coffee and use a little more than i should and it tastes pretty comparable not exact but not bad use almost 1 tablespoon per cup i usually do about 6 tablespoons at a time every morning and make 6 cups
  • First off, do you know ho wold your beans are? They need to be fresh roasted and then stored properly. Then when you grind them, you must use a good quality stone burr grinder, not the blade kind. Then how's your water? It should be good water, and then not boiled or heated too hot. Try using a French press for best flavor, with the water not too hot.

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