All you coffee lovers out there you know the best coffee comes from a Barista right? Wrong! You don’t need a big fancy coffee machine or a Barista to get great tasting coffee!
As a coffee fanatic and a Barista by profession ill teach you right ways to brew your coffee at home without the need for a bug expensive coffee machine!
The key to making cheap instant coffee taste good is to not make the water too hot. If you use a kettle like I do to heat water after it boils pour it into a cup WITHOUT the coffee in it. Let the water cool a bit before adding the instant coffee.
The ideal water temp for coffee is 60-80 degrees but if you pour it straight out of a kettle the water temp is at 100 degrees (this is all in celsius guys). If you pour the boiling hot water onto the coffee grinds they will burn and taste very acidic (burnt, in coffee terms, we call that awful taste acidic).
I usually let the water sit for 2-3 minutes then add the instant coffee grinds and your good to go!
This is what I usually use when making my coffee. You want to get a good stainless steel Moka Pot which yes does mean spending a bit of money. After a while, they do get a bit grotty even with sufficient cleaning which is why you want to invest in a good quality Moka Pot. I buy mine from the brand ‘Moka’.
You want to buy good quality coffee. I buy mine pre-ground but you do get a better taste if you grind your own coffee but who has time for that!!
Now you don’t want to overfill the water in the bottom otherwise your coffee will taste….soggy? I cant describe the taste, to be honest. Moka pot normally has a bolt in the bottom of them so I usually fill the water just so the bolt is covered by the water.
With the Coffee, you really want to fill it in and pack it down. I recommend getting a cheap tamp to tamp the coffee down. A nice even tamp will ensure that the water will go through the coffee evenly.
When putting the pot on heat make sure the head is on low. This may take longer for it to boil but that way the coffee won’t burn! As soon as you hear it boil turn the heat off straight away!
Again use good quality coffee, grounding it yourself is best but if not then buy a decent brand and make sure what water isn’t too hot! Also, try to invest in a half decent filter since cheap ones often leave a plastic taste to the coffee. The filter paper you use doesn’t really matter. Cheap is okay.
Again Grind if you can and don’t make the water too hot. Make sure to get the ratio of coffee to water correct, otherwise, you’ll have washed out coffee. Heres a guide
- 1 serving — 1 cup water (8 fluid ounces) — 2 tablespoons coffee beans/4 tbs of ground coffee
- 2 servings — 2 cups water (16 fluid ounces) — 1/4 cup coffee beans/1/2 cup ground coffee
- 4 servings — 4 cups water (32 fluid ounces) — 1/2 cup coffee beans/ 1 cup ground coffee
- 8 servings — 8 cups water (64 fluid ounces) — 1 cup coffee beans/ 2 cups ground coffee
I recommend heating up the french press first. Just rinse out the french press with warm to hot water. I find it just makes the coffee taste better.
Once you add the boiled water THAT YOU LET COOL for 2-3 minutes mix the coffee and the water vigorously. Steep for 4 minutes or longer if you like it strong but I found that 4 minutes is perfect. Plunge and enjoy!
Coffee Pod Machine
There’s no way to make coffee from a coffee pod taste good I’m sorry.
That’s all from me.
Pretty Peach xoxo