How do I make the perfect cup of Colombian coffee?

I'm not a coffee expert. I can't tell you all the differences between varieties and countries of origin. No one knew me. So why am I writing this article?

My friends come to my house, drink my coffee, and say it's the best they've ever had. So I decided to put down what I know about coffee and how to make it. I hope you find it useful.

A good cup of coffee should have three things: good quality coffee beans, good water and good preparation. Mix one of these three factors and you get a glass of hot, disgusting, bitter spice. No wonder so many people tell me that they don't like coffee.

Coffee beans

Most of the coffee I drink in the US (I live in Colombia most of the year) is light and bitter. This is a direct consequence of allowing accountants to have our lives.

Do you remember a few years ago when you stayed at a hotel and made coffee in your room? They had a small filter pack that you opened and put in the coffee maker. Some accountants thought that if production could just take a teaspoon of coffee, no one would know the difference, saving the company over the course of the year. Another accountant did the same thing two years later. Then it happened again. Now I have to put two packages in the coffee maker to have good beer.

The same process has happened in restaurants, airlines and offices. Many companies use these same packages for their industrial drop coffee makers. Most of the coffee cups I get in the US are so thin that I see almost the bottom of the cup.

Now it leads to a vicious cycle. This hot, bitter water, which most businesses sell as coffee, announces to many: “I don't like coffee. It is very bitter. ” So they reduce the coffee grounds they put into their coffee makers. And the result is even worse.

So, the first rule of getting a good cup of coffee is to use enough coffee. This leads to some rehearsals. Make enough coffee to get rich dark beer.

That brings me to the second point about coffee. Brands are different. Some are bitter, some are flat. My favorite is Colombian coffee. Domestic Colombian brands are the best. They are not as bitter and they seem to have less caffeine than American brands, even when they say 100% Colombian. There is one exception: Community Coffee. They have no nationwide distribution, but if you live within a thousand miles of New Orleans, you should be able to find it.

These Colombian cafes, particularly Oma and Selo Rojo, can be darkened and enriched without becoming bitter.

Where?

I am surprised that people will spend fourteen dollars for a small batch of roasted coffee from an exotic place, and then fill their coffee maker with tap water. What do they think?

Spring water or reverse osmosis water is best. But the water, filtered by a good filter, is good. Make sure you check your filter to see if it removes chlorine as well as solid and bacterial fungi. The Berkie filter, which removes all the above fluorides, is the best.

Some of you in the north may have good tap water, but here in Texas, a good cup of coffee is a must-have filter system. I have a water softener and filter here in north Austin.

Brewing method:

A drip coffee maker can drink a cup of coffee, but the spoiler, the French press, and the espresso machine are so high quality. Individual cups for the purchase of coffee makers and for one cup value are excluded from the run.

The stimulus for me is too slow and too low. You wait a few minutes for two cups of coffee. An espresso machine will take over my entire desk and cost a lot of money. And again, like a luxury market, there is not enough.

The French press gives me one liter of great coffee in one third of the perculator time, and it's cheap to buy. Most places pay about $ 40 for the French press, but IKEA has $ 16. A coffee company allows free access to their coffee subscription service.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the French press, this is how it works. You put the coffee in a glass saucepan. Add hot water. After mixing the basics for good brewing operation, you place the accumulator on top of the beer and slowly squeeze it.

The screen at the bottom of the hanger allows the beer to pass through and press the foundations to the bottom of the beer. Now your coffee is ready to drink.

I like to add a small amount of natural sugar. This little sweetness is like activating an intense smell of coffee.

If you need to use a drop coffee maker, replace the paper filter with a thin screen. You can find them in a few places, but Target seems to be the best for the cheapest price. And remember. Use enough coffee.

I would love to hear how your experiences go.