Why can I never make a good cup of coffee at home??! >:-0

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Do you buy whole bean and grind it at home?  Or do you get it pre-ground? 

One issue could be the coarsness of the grain, or it could be because the grounds do go bad not too long after ground.  Also, are you getting the ratios right?  It’s supposed to be 1 tbsp per 6 oz, and there are 8 oz in a cup… so that gets a bit complicated.  I would say stick to 2.5 tbsp per every two cups measured water, which is equal to about one coffee cup (from my experience).

I suggest buying whole bean and getting an at-home grinder if you don’t already do this.  It keeps the coffee fresher longer.  Whole bean coffee has much longer shelf-life.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

I don’t drink coffee but my fiance is a coffee snob. 

He swears by his aeropress. http://www.amazon.com/Aeropress-Coffee-and-Espresso-Maker/dp/B0047BIWSK He buys whole beans from a local roaster and grinds 1 cup’s worth with his Bodum grinder.  He uses a tea kettle on the stove to heat water. Takes it off once it whistles then lets it sit for 30sec to a min to ‘cool down’. Then he wets all the coffee and presses it with the aeropress. Sometimes He’ll add more hot water after he’s pressed it depending on how strong he wants it. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

BurlapnLace:  Oh man!  Maybe just try a different brand or flavor?

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I don’t think I can help you, but just for interest sake, is it a “Bean to Cup” machine, or a perculator? (i.e does it make coffee directly into your cup, or does it drip into a jug from which you pour into the cup)

This is probably not your problem, but while we’re on the subject – I was in Canada a few months ago, and I discovered Tim Hortons (best coffee ever!!), but could never figure out how they got the coffee so creamy. On Monday morning we ran out of milk, and I was forced to use cream in our coffee, and it’s the closest I’ve come to Tim Hortons. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

maybe you should try a french press. they’re super easy and make coffee taste strong and delicious! 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

1) try using more coffee

2) try a lighter roast

3) try a lower water temp.

4) try getting a job at dunkin donuts to learn how they make coffee

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Kukahiko Estate

I’m going to second everyone who said french press.  It its coming out muddy to you, maybe don’t steep it as long (should be 4-5 minutes I think), or your grind is too fine.

I also always add half and half to my coffee, so I’m sure that helps too!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

BurlapnLace:  Bitter comes normally from 2 things – the roast – the darker the more bitter, and the coarsenss in proporion to the roast, so the most bitter will be the darkest roast + finest grind. I normally buy beans ad grounds rates as strength 3 out of 5. Fi bought some number 4 marked as espresso dark and no matter how I tried it comes out AWEFUL each time, I given up on this one.

I have also bought a number 3 ground Lavazza which turned out to be a finer ground – and after using my normal measuring spoon – it was aweful despight being a lighter roast. So I reduced the amount I put – and bingo, perfect cuppa. My fav ground Coffee is Costa – the ground is rougher so unless I use a heaped spoon it turns out very bland.

You need to find the right brand, roast and ground combo – and yes – perfect cuppa is possible at home. Sadly even the same brand might vary from batch to batch.

 

PS now we do have a all-singing-dancing bean to cup machine – you load the beans – set the grind, cuppa size and press the button – out come coffe with THICK crema that I never had with a percolator machine. I do tend to use ground coffe because Costa hit a sweet spot.

 

You just need to try a few brands and vary the amount you use.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  AnnaVictoria.
Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

BurlapnLace:  The aeropress uses a paper filter so there should never be grinds in it.  If he’s getting grinds in the french press then he might not have the right type of grind.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

RoxiB4b3:  Tim hortons uses 18% cream in their coffee – know this 100% – worked there for 2 years 🙂

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

BurlapnLace:  French press, really hot water, and a coarse grind – most people grind too fine 🙂

Post # 15
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Helper bee

MsGinkgo:  Ah that’s very interesting to know. Here in South Africa, we don’t have half&half. We just have the normal full cream and low fat milk, so I think that is why the cream tasted so much creamier and more like the Tim Hortons coffee

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