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Assuming that you’ve chosen the best ground coffee brand, you have yet to learn how to make coffee properly to get the most out of it, taste, flavor, and smell.
Whether you’re just a coffee addict or just an average drinker, the ground coffee you’re using has a great impact on how you perceive coffee, and if you don’t have an espresso machine, you can make coffee with ground coffee using other methods.
Ground coffee is widely used for French Press, the name is a bit fancy I know, it is a rich coffee full of flavourful oils, while it’s the perfect choice for beginners.
Other than that, Aeropress is also a great way to make coffee with ground coffee, and it’s really easy especially for beginners, while for more convenience, you can also use milk to mix the result and end up with a cappuccino or a macchiato.
I’ve mentioned it previously, but for those of you that don’t know, grind size has a great influence on the taste of your coffee, thus, there are quite some grind size types, starting from almost powdery size, to coarse for French Press and Cold Brew.
Also, you can get your ground coffee pre-ground or fresh, and believe me, freshly ground coffee provides you with the best flavor ever. Pre-ground coffee comes vacuum sealed in order to maintain most of its flavor by the time you open it, however, if you don’t really store it properly it will lose its flavor quickly.
So the guideline is, it’s always better if you grind your own coffee, and for that, you can use a grinder, and even though it means more effort, you should definitely consider grinding your own coffee instead of using pre-ground, of course, if you want to get the most out of it and drink a fresh cup of coffee every morning.
There are quite some grinding methods available, burr-grinding, chopping, pounding, roller grinding, and all of them will provide you a quality ground coffee.
The coffee preparation process is quite simple to explain, however, when it comes to practicing it, if you don’t do it properly, you may end up with a bad cup of coffee. First the beans turn into a beverage, basically, raw coffee beans must be roasted, afterward, those roasted coffee beans must then be ground, while the ground coffee is later mixed with how water for a certain time, and as a final step, the liquid coffee separates from the used grounds.
For your information, you can brew coffee in seven different methods, however, when you see them as a whole, they form a group of four, such as decoction, infusion, gravitational feed, or pressurized percolation.
Thus, if you keep the brewed coffee hot, it will result in flavor deterioration, while if you tend to reheat such coffee, it will result in a muddy flavor. You can’t really get rid of this process since even at room temperature the coffee will still deteriorate, although there’s a way, you can keep it in an oxygen-free environment which can last for as long as you want at room temperature.
Overall, all the things that we mentioned are made with ground coffee and hot water, and the fineness of grind required always differentiates for the various brewing methods.