Put simply, really great coffee depends heavily on having the right equipment. This is why so many connoisseurs generally prefer to go to a cafe where the expensive shiny professional machines await!
However, with very little effort you can actually enjoy making the coffee as much as you enjoy drinking it…and have a stylish looking kitchen too!
Our recommendations for making great coffee…
Buy Fresh Beans
Without question, coffee is best when used within a few days of being roasted. Buying from a local roaster is absolutely the best way to get the freshest beans. We aren’t all lucky enough to have one, so you may have to buy elsewhere, but avoid coffee that’s been exposed to oxygen or bright light as that’s the main way for it to quickly lose its flavour. Coffee beans packaged by quality roasters and sold in vacuum-sealed bags are the best bet.
Seal Them and Store Them
Always store opened coffee beans in an airtight container and keep at room temperature. Never put coffee in the fridge as it absorbs moisture and food odours. Try to buy just a week’s supply of fresh beans at a time.
Choose Good Coffee
Rule number one – aficionados insist on 100% pure Arabica beans. After that’s established, an amazing world of coffee tastes awaits!
Grind Your Own
Coffee starts losing quality almost immediately upon grinding. The best-tasting brews are made from beans ground just before brewing. Coffee is best ground whilst ‘rocking’ the grinder to help get a fine, even particle size. You’ll find that finer ground coffee yields more flavour.
The Ascaso L1 is a powerful coffee grinder that’s small enough to sit neatly on the worktop. Holding up to 600g of beans, the 700rpm blade ensures that you extract every last bit of flavour from the bean, for the perfect cup of coffee.
Toughened against breakage and available in the highly polished Aluminium finish shown here, or Sweet Cream, Anthracite, Dark Brown, Love Red, Cloud White or Mandarin Orange. These grinders make a fabulous retro addition to any kitchen.
Beware of the Heat
If water is too hot when poured on to coffee then a very bitter taste will be the result. The correct temperature is 90C (in other words about 45 seconds before a kettle reaches boiling). If using a cafetiere then leave the kettle to sit for a minute after it’s boiled before pouring the water on the coffee.
Alternatively a kettle that you can set to heat to a specific temperature is a dream come true! Bosch Styline benefits from an array of features including digital temperature settings and a keep warm function. Eco-friendly coffee lovers can boil as little as one cup of water and save energy too.
If you use a coffee machine then this regulates the water temperature automatically…
The Ascaso Steel Trio Versatile Group Coffee Machine offers the committed among us a very professional approach to creating the perfect cup of coffee. With two groups for coffee and one group for steam, you can really show off your skills!
Constructed from durable stainless steel, the machine has a robust and remarkable appearance. Ascaso’s Professional Boiler with a 225cc capacity is capable of operating under very demanding conditions, with three separate thermostats to control the temperature of the coffee and steam, and one to protect it from overheating.
For the luxuriously lazy approach, the Accademia Automatic Coffee Machine is the next best thing to having a barista of your own at home! The very best in automatic coffee machines the Gaggia Accademia affords you the ability to produce any espresso based drink at the touch of a button. Perfect and quick results are guaranteed by two separate boilers, one for coffee and one for steam and water, while the auto cappuccino carafe ensures milky coffees are hassle free to make. It’s amazing!
The Ascaso Dream Versatile Coffee Machine has an unmistakably classic retro look and a vast array of colour finishes to choose from. Featuring a large diameter filter holder with a 16 bar pump, it also offers flexibility; both coffee pods and regular ground coffee can be used.
For solid reliability, this Dream Versatile machine regularly wins over the hearts of discerning espresso enthusiasts –it’s straightforward and easy to keep clean too!
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