Like in everything else in life, coffee is a matter of trial and error. Just like in choosing food and drinks, there are no hard and fast rules on what coffee flavour is ideal for you. Generally, if you like strong coffee and higher in acidity, lower in body and fullness, then you would advise pour over methods with paper filter such as the Chemex or drip coffee makers. Alternatively, if you like medium-to-low body and mild acidity, then a coffee maker that has a basket type filter would be ideal for you. For those who favour cappuccino, pour over with a French Press. But before you go on a experimenting spree, it helps to get some coffee tips for beginners.
When picking coffee beans for your brewing, you should always go for Arabica rather than Robusta. Arabica coffee beans contain less acid and caffeine. It also contains less mineral dust. Robusta coffee beans, on the other hand contain more mineral dust and more acid. In addition, Robusta beans have a higher roasting level.
So, what are coffee beans? These are coffee beans that are unrefined, unadulterated, unroasted, and contain the most amount of soluble and insoluble matter. They are mainly separated into two categories: Robusta and Arabica. So when considering which coffee bean is best, you have to determine which one suits your taste best; and this depends on how you want to prepare your coffee – espresso or coffee creamer, cappuccino or cafe latte, etc.
As far as coffee flavours are concerned, there is a huge range. If you think that the cup of coffee you are drinking is bitter or sour, then it would be advisable to change the coffee flavour to something that is savoury. Similarly if you are thinking that your coffee tastes burnt, then add some oil to it and see how it turns out. Try adding some honey or mint to it or alternatively use a combination of milk, sugar or honey with cinnamon or cardamom. All these spices and condiments will help you get the coffee flavour that you are looking for.
Ground coffee has its own special flavour, but some people prefer it steamed or grounded. Personally, I like my coffee ground, but if you want to adjust the flavour of your coffee, then you can always add some water or milk and grind it up yourself at home. As far as coffee brewing is concerned, there are a variety of methods available. You can either use a drip coffee brewer, where the coffee is ground up inside the brewer, a press method where the coffee remains ground in the filter and the grounds are added to the pot, an espresso method which uses pressure to push the coffee through the filter and a manual coffee brewer, which are quite a laborious process. In any case, the method that you use depends on your preference and the quality of coffee that you are serving to your guests.
Roasting coffee beans is another important aspect of coffee brewing. If you want a coffee flavour that is bold, you can roast the coffee before brewing it. For a smoother effect, the coffee is roasted briefly and then ground into a powder. Some people prefer a rich bitter coffee, which is better suited for black coffee, while some others prefer a smoother and less bitter flavour that goes well with their white coffee. Depending on the nature of the coffee beans, some people prefer their coffee bitter and some go for a sweet tooth in which they get a small proportion of sweet coffee.
The final part of coffee brewing involves the extraction of the flavour from the roasted whole bean coffee. This is done by pressing the coffee beans together, subsequently grinding them to fine particles. When this is done, the water is boiled and poured over the grounds and then taken out. This process of extraction is commonly referred to as a decoction and it gives you a rich combination of coffee flavour.
So which coffee is the best? For most people it would be a dark roast, which has a lot of body and complexity of taste, although there are other options available for coffee drinkers who wish for something a little different. If you want to experiment and have fun with coffee brewing, then you should try getting hold of a coffee roaster and grind your own coffee beans and make your own decorations. With a good coffee roaster and a lot of practice you will start to learn and maybe in a few years you might even be able to come up with some really wonderful new coffee concoction. Alternatively, for those who like a more sober coffee experience, then perhaps a fair trade coffee roaster is ideal as they often have fair prices and are also much easier to get hold of than supermarket coffee beans which can take months before they are even available to purchase.