Have you recently purchased a quality coffee maker for your home, but still find yourself running to the local coffee shop for that “special” tasting cup of brew? If so, you’re probably wasting a ton of money! Let me give you the best advice on making gourmet coffee at home!
Coffee: The first step in making that coffee house style is brew found in the perfect coffee bean. Yes, I hate to break it to you – but if you really want gourmet – you should start by grinding your own beans. Now, before we jump ahead to grinding your beans, you have to buy the best quality to start with. There is a wide variety of beans available on the market, from Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts to brands not known on a national scale. I personally suggest beans from The Roasterie in Kansas City Missouri. Their line includes a ton of flavors, but what they are most widely known for is the fact that they air roast their beans which leads to a more pure, better taste and aroma.
Water: You’d be surprised to know that the water you use really does make a huge difference in the taste of the final product. Most coffee makers have filters built in, so be sure to change yours on a regular basis. If your coffee machine does not have one built in, use filtered water instead of tap water. This should be done whether you are using a $300 machine or a generic $20 unit.
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