I (really) love coffee, so I’m always testing new ways to make the best home-brewed cup of coffee.
There are a few techniques that can immediately improve the quality of your coffee, no matter how fancy (or basic) your coffee machine is.
Here are five tips for making your drip coffee taste a whole lot better.
1. Buy fresh, whole bean coffee
A cup of coffee is only as good as the beans you start with.
If you’re buying bags of preground coffee, you’re doing it wrong. Instead, start with fresh, whole beans.
There’s a reason most coffee companies don’t provide the date for when the coffee was roasted; the stuff you find on the shelf in the grocery store has probably been there for months. Coffee reaches its peak flavor just days after it has been roasted and should be consumed within a month of its roast date.
To find fresh coffee, check local coffee shops. Some roast on the spot or source from local roasters who roast in smaller batches, which typically means fresher coffee.
2. Properly store beans
To keep the coffee you buy fresh for longer, make sure you’re storing it properly. While a vacuum sealed container with a one-way valve is recommended by many, a standard Mason jar will suffice for most people.
If you’ve got multiple sized mason jars, it’s not a bad idea to move the coffee to the most appropriately sized jar as you brew through it. A wide mouthed quart-sized jar (946.35 milliliters) is perfect for storing 12 ounces (340 grams) of coffee. As you work your way through the bag, you can downsize the jar to a pint-sized (473.18 milliliters) jar, or even use 4 ounce (118.29 milliliters) jelly jars to store pre-weighed servings.