The sweet aroma of freshly brewed coffee, the sound of the milk steaming machine, and the chatter between other coffee shop goers all bring together the perfect coffee shop vibe. The one thing that really stands out from your morning trip to the local coffee brewer down the street, and the coffee you make at home, is the that cafe-brewed coffee seems to taste so much better! Wouldn’t it be great if we could make the best cup of coffee in our own kitchen every morning, without having to pay an arm and a leg for just 12 ounces of coffee? Well, you can!

There are a few simple things that you can do, right in your very own kitchen, to get the same delicious tasting cup of coffee that they make down the street for five dollars a cup!

Here are 5 simple ways that can make your morning cup of joe taste a lot fresher, smoother, and more satisfying:

  1. Some think all water is the same, but it is not! The quality of the water you use to brew your coffee has a great impact on the way that it will taste. Depending on where you live, using tap water to brew your coffee could result in a rusty, sulfurous, or even chlorine-esque taste in your fresh-brewed cup. It’s best to use alkaline water, which can reduce acidity in the coffee itself. But, filtered water also works; if that’s all you have to work with. Additionally, make sure that the water is cold prior to brewing, to ensure the proper temperature for optimal extraction.
  2. Make sure you are keeping your coffee pot clean consistently to ensure the most pure pot of coffee every time.
  3. The way that you grind your beans is very important for the quality of coffee that you brew. Most people brew their coffee the old fashioned way, in a typical drip coffee machine. Your beans should be a medium grind, not too fine, and not too coarse. Each method of brewing has different standards for ground coffee. If you are using a French press your beans should be ground course, but ground very fine for espresso machines. The grinding process will have a huge impact on the taste of your coffee, and it’s super important to find the right grind for you and your brewing method. For more information about the difference in roasts, check out our article here.
  4. The type of coffee filter you use greatly affects the way that your coffee will taste! White, bleached coffee filters make your coffee taste different than if you use the unbleached, brown filters.
  5. Coffee beans taste best when they are at their freshest. Coffee beans become stale after a week of being opened. No, they won’t poison you, but they may not taste as good as the day that you opened the bag. So, be sure that you are using fresh beans to ensure that your morning cup of coffee tastes its best! Youngevity Be the Change Coffee is an excellent choice to replace that old, stale bag of coffee that’s been collecting dust in your cupboard!

Javalution by CLR Coffee Roasting from Bruce Jacobs

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