I’ve never been a fan of telling people how to drink their coffee, or what roast they should gravitate towards. For me coffee doesn’t have to be complicated, and can be consumed however you like. Having said that, I’m also a believer in teaching and coffee education. There’s always something I’m learning about this delicious drink, and I love sharing it with you. The five coffee brewing mistakes below are more of a guide to help your coffee experience be that much better. Enjoy.
1- USING WATER THAT ISN’T HOT ENOUGH
Typical coffee makers aren’t able to brew at the required temperature range between 195 and 203. The higher temp results in more coffee extraction which leads to more flavor. If you’re looking for a new coffee maker, here’s my top list. The one I use at home is the OXO Barista Brain.
2- POURING INTO A COLD CUP
If you just grab a mug from your cupboard and pour coffee straight into it, you’re missing out. While your coffee is brewing, grab that mug and pour some hot water into it. When your coffee is done brewing, pour out the hot water and replace it with your coffee. This will keep your coffee hot much longer.
3- USING THE WRONG CUP
Thin-walled cups may look cute but they’re terrible for coffee. The thinner walls don’t hold up the heat, and you end up with room temp coffee quickly. Those old school diner mugs are actually perfect because of their thicker walls. Or you can always purchase an HOC mug ;).
4 – WRONG COFFEE-TO-WATER RATIO
At Henry’s we recommend a ratio of 4oz of water to one tablespoon of ground coffee. The best part about this ratio is you can adjust as needed. If this feels too weak for you, add one extra scoop. If too intense, try one scoop less. Don’t have an easy way to measure 4oz? Try our easy method by clicking on the link below.
5 – NEVER CLEANING YOUR COFFEE MAKER
If you have never cleaned your coffee maker, or occasionally rinse it with water then you may subject yourself to bacteria. A deep cleaning not only prevents you from getting sick but will give you a cleaner coffee taste. Soap and water is OK but for the best deep clean read our article.
I hope this list of five coffee brewing mistakes was helpful!