Posted on: DEC 10, 2019
Posted by: STOKES COFFEE
Did you know that coffee is the world’s second largest traded commodity? For many of us, a morning coffee is how we start the day. A lot of people are working from home at the moment, so those frequent visits to the local coffee shop are happening less. Here at Stokes we pride ourselves on helping you learn to make the best coffee at home and there is no time like the present. There are a lot of different aspects to coffee which can make it taste different every time, such as the beans you use, the grind level and how you brew it.
Here at Stokes Coffee, we know how important your morning coffee is, which is why we want to share with you our best ways to have good coffee at home.
Coffee to water ratio
Are you struggling to work out why your coffee tastes different? The chances are you aren’t measuring your coffee properly. When it comes to the measurements, it depends on how strong you like your coffee. If you are new to coffee, then you should use a ratio of 60 grams of coffee per litre of water. Some coffees will work better with a higher amount of coffee to water but 60 grams to 1 litre is a good starting point. If you are wanting a stronger cup of coffee then we recommend adding an extra 5g of ground coffee.
Small changes will have an affect on the flavour of your coffee and this can be for the better or worse. It is important to experiment until you find the perfect balance for you.
There are three main types of brewing methods that you can use for making your coffee. Let’s take a look
Pressure brewing is the use of intense pressure which extracts the coffee. It is most often used in Espresso machines, on the stove top and Aeropress machines.
Steep brewing is low in cost and easy to use. The French press/cafetiere is normally the piece of kit that people use for this type of brewing as it provides a hearty cup of coffee - ideal for making coffee at home.
Filtration brewing is also known as the pour over method. This involves pouring hot water through coffee grounds in a filter. The water will drain through the coffee and filter into your mug. We recommend using the Chemex or the Hario V60 Dripper machines for filtering coffee.
Brewing coffee machines from Stokes Coffee
We have a wide range of coffee making equipment at Stokes Coffee, from novices to experts we can help you. Let’s take a look at some of our top products.
Aeropress coffee maker
With the Aeropress coffee maker, you can choose from an array of styles, these include, filter, americano, latte and cappuccinos. The machine is complete with micro filters and papers and is completely portable so you can brew a coffee wherever you go. Enjoy the smooth rich taste of coffee every time you brew with our Aeropress coffee maker.
Stove top espresso
Are you a big fan of espressos? If so, check out our Italian style stove top coffee maker perfect for preparing a rich espresso coffee in minutes. It is important to make sure you don’t use too much heat when making the coffee as this can cause bitter flavours.
As well as getting a coffee machine you also need a grinder and scales for making your coffee. The grinder is to be used on fresh coffee beans to make sure you are getting the best flavours out of your coffee. If you are new to making coffee then scales are a good idea to make sure you are not putting too much or too little coffee in your machine.
Hario Skerton PLUS Hand Coffee Grinder
The best way to make sure you are drinking the freshest coffee is to grind the beans yourself. This manual coffee grinder is a brilliant choice for coffee connoisseurs as well as beginners. You can find it here.
As well as selling a range of coffee equipment, we also stock different flavours of coffee. Including, light, medium and dark roasted coffee. It is good to experiment with different roasts and coffees, for instance a lot of novices may not know the difference between styles. Whereas if you were to ask a coffee expert they would know if they prefer a washed Brazilian taste or fruity flavours?
You won’t know until you try, so be sure to check out our range of coffees here. Important tip: When you have chosen your coffee you also need to make sure you get the right filter papers if required, that will fit your chosen machine.
We hope you have enjoyed reading our blog on the best ways to brew your own coffee at home. If you would like to find out more information we are here to help you. Please use our enquiry form or give us a call on 01522 523 548.