5 Tips from a Professional Barista

Let's get a little dirty

By Chris Ali


December 11, 2023

Coffee Blog

Welcome, coffee enthusiasts! Today, we're pulling back the curtain on the world of coffee, uncovering five easy tips to transform your coffee brewing experience from a professional barista. Whether you're a coffee connoisseur or just starting your journey into the world of brewing, these simple yet effective tips will elevate your next cup to the next level. Join us as we spill the beans on five revelations straight from the heart of a seasoned barista.

Start with Fresh Quality Beans

The foundation of a great cup of coffee is high-quality, fresh beans. Invest in freshly roasted beans and store them properly in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. Grind the beans just before brewing to preserve their flavor and aroma. Check out our guide to freshness for more info here.

Grind Consistently

The grind size of your coffee beans plays a crucial role in the brewing process. Using a proper burr grinder is preferred to achieve a consistent grind size. Different brewing methods require different grind sizes. For example, use a coarse grind for French press and a fine grind for espresso. Consistent grind size ensures even extraction, leading to a more balanced and flavorful cup.

Water Quality Matters

Use clean and filtered water to brew your coffee. The flavor of your coffee is significantly impacted by the water you use. Tap water with impurities or strong mineral flavors can affect the taste. The ideal water temperature for brewing is around 195-205°F (90-96°C), so avoid using water that is too hot or too cold. Check out our article on the perfect water for brewing here.

Proper Brewing Ratios

Pay attention to the coffee-to-water ratio. Too much or too little coffee can result in a bitter or weak brew. Experiment with the ratio based on your personal preference, but a common starting point is 1:16 ratio which is about one tablespoon of coffee per cup(8oz) of water. Adjust as needed to find the perfect balance for your taste.

Experiment with Brew Time

The brewing time can greatly influence the flavor of your coffee. Adjust the brewing time according to your chosen method. For example, if you're making Cold Brew, a longer steeping time may be desirable, while for espresso, a shorter extraction time is typical. Experiment with the duration until you find the right balance for your taste preferences.

Bonus Tip:

Clean Your Equipment

Regularly clean your coffee-making equipment, including your grinder and coffee maker. Oils and residues from coffee beans can build up over time and impact the flavor of your coffee. A clean setup ensures that you're getting the full, clean flavor from your beans.

Remember that personal taste preferences vary, so don't hesitate to experiment and tailor these tips to your liking. We're happy to help perfect your home routine, just drop us a message at brewcoach@yesplz.coffee along with details about your current set up. Cheers to elevating your coffee game!



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