My morning coffee has become very important to me. Now I am over 40 I have decided that I no longer have to put up with bad coffee. I do wish I had this epiphany 20 years ago, but here we are. I have become such a coffee nerd that I can consistently make my morning coffee better than the local coffee shops.
I have discovered the two important steps in making her coffee. The age of the beans and how they are grinded. Here is a little tip, all the beans you buy from you local supermarket are already too old even if the pack says the best before date has not passed yet.
So here are the rules when buying your coffee. Good coffee has to be used between 5 to 15 days after it is roasted. So you only have a 10 day period when good coffee beans are good. During the grinding process you can compensate for coffee that is a little older but you can not compensate for coffee that is too old.
The second step it to watch the water go through your coffee. If it goes through between 7 and 11 seconds then it has been ground correctly and you will be enjoying the best coffee you have ever had. If it takes longer than 11 seconds you need to make your grind smaller. If it is shorter that 7 second you need to make your grind bigger. You will also find this changes as the beans get older.
When making coffee this is the only variable you need to compensate for. As long as your water is heated to 93 degrease, your milk is frothed and heated to 65 degrease and your coffee is compacted firmly after it is ground. Watching when the water passes throuhg the coffee beans is the only thing you need to do.
So when you next go looking for your coffee beans for your coffee machine look for the roosted date. It must be roosted date not a best before date. You may need to change your shopping habits. You will not find beans like this in your local supermarket. The best place to look is your local coffee shop. The good ones will have the same beans they use for sale. Some of the very good coffee shops will have a roosting machine in the coffee shop. So they roost and package the beans in front of you.
Try to find one close to were you live, as you do not want to travel for an hour every 10 days for coffee beans, unless your like me.