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Be your own Barista: 3 rules to that perfect cup of coffee

Be your own Barista: 3 rules to that perfect cup of coffee

Be your own Barista: 3 rules to that perfect cup of coffee

Coffee is the oil that lubricates the wheels of society. Without it there would be an enormous amount of friction. But just what goes into making that perfect cup that will keep us well lubricated?

October 1 is World Coffee Day, when coffee associations, experts and connoisseurs around the world honour the men and women who work with the humble coffee bean – whether it’s farming it, roasting or brewing it.

And, let’s be honest, brewing that perfect cup of Joe is an art. But just what goes into making a great cup of coffee, and how can you achieve it at home? We consult experts, coffee lovers and barista’s to get their ‘professional’ opinions on the matter. Collectively, they agree that these three rules are unbreakable:

  1. Fresh, quality product: Don’t use stale old beans that have been sitting in the cupboard for a year and a half, use quality fresh beans. The same goes with milk – use a quality milk that is nice and fresh. And, fresh, clean water goes along way too.
  2. All you need is love: The best baristas tend to care about what they’re making, as do the best roasters, green buyers, mills, and farmers. This comes from an understanding that coffee is more than a flavour: it’s a vehicle for flavour. With the right care or desire, a coffee bean can be manipulated to deliver an experience that makes you notice the coffee you’re drinking, and that’s a rewarding result for all. It’s important that you know what has gone into roasting your chosen bean – and how to best get the flavour out – do a little research.
  3. Timing is essential: It’s also important that you give your coffee the right amount of time to brew. The average espresso shot drip is 20 to 30 seconds. There are hundreds of different brewing methods each with their own variables, so do some research and find one that works best for you.
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