Is there a more pleasant feeling when you wake up?
Most people love it. 90% of those over 45 years of age drink coffee and 70% do so daily. The Ideal price comparator gives another strong piece of information: at the end of the year, the amount of coffee we drink amounts to 4.5 kilos per person. With this taste for black gold, we spoke with an expert barista to know what mistakes we make when taking it and we should avoid it.
1. Buy coffee in large stores
Going to the supermarket and buying a packet of coffee is the most common procedure. However, it is strongly discouraged. ” In large supermarkets, coffee is usually of poor quality, has been bottled for a long time and roasting does not have any type of control. It is much better to go to coffee shops or specialized stores where they sell it for domestic use”, explains Blanco.
2. Buy it already ground
From the moment the coffee is ground, it begins to lose properties because it begins to oxidize. “The most advisable thing is to buy it in grain and with the help of a grinder grind it before consuming it. If you do not have the machine at home, it is better than in a specialized store, saying what type of coffee maker you are going to use to prepare it, they grind the instant of purchase so that it loses the least possible aroma and flavor “, affirms the barista.
3. Not looking at the type of roast
When we talk about roasts we find natural and roasted (this is obtained when sugar is added during toasting). ” Natural is always better and, if possible, 100% Arabica. It is a way to ensure that it has no additives and that its quality is optimal. It has even less caffeine. Roasting is even prohibited in many countries and we should not consume it”, he asserts.
4. Prepare it with tap water
“Once we have bought it when making it, it is better to do it with bottled water, since its composition affects the flavor. In the south or the east, the water is very hard, and in Galicia too soft, it lacks minerals so that the coffee tastes good. That is why we always recommend mineral water in its preparation “, explains Blanco.
5. Keep it in the wrong place
Putting the pot with the coffee on top of the kitchen hood or not closing it conveniently are some of the mistakes we make with storage. ” Keeping it in a cool and dry place is essential and also removing the air from the coffee bag after removing a few beans and closing it as tightly as possible. It is the only way that it does not rust and maintains the properties.”
6. Burn the coffee
You have an automatic pour-over coffee maker at home. You fill it up and put it on the fire: bad, very bad. ” The water that is put in the coffee maker must be hot, about to boil so that the grain does not overheat. If we put it cold, until it starts to boil the coffee burns little by little and takes on burnt nuances that they are not pleasant on the palate,” says the expert.
7. Don’t try it before adding sugar
If you taste the food before adding more or less salt, why not do it with the coffee? ” The idea is not to put any sugar in it. But there are many people who find it difficult and in the end, they have to like it. If it is taken with sugar it is better to reduce the amount little by little to make it taste the natural product. In any case, what is essential is to taste the coffee before adding anything to it because each variety has different tones and you cannot treat them all the same “, says the owner of ‘The Coffee Land’.
8. Leave the coffee in the coffee maker
Making coffee first thing in the morning and consuming it throughout the day, or over several days, is convenient but not good. “In general, we tend to buy a standard-size coffee maker instead of a smaller one if only one person drinks coffee at home. Coffee must be made at the time of consumption because it does not lose properties and flavor. The first cup will not give you it will taste like the last one ”.
9. Reheat it
Forget this. “Reheating the coffee completely breaks its flavor, burns, or even enhances the unpleasant flavors. Reheating it changes the pH of the water and it tastes rancid,” explains the barista.
10. Not cleaning the coffee machine well
Coffee is a very dirty product that if not cleaned properly can clog the coffee maker. “Washing it well is essential, even if it is only used with water or a damp cloth. If we leave the sediment overnight, bacteria can proliferate and give your coffee a bad taste and we will also damage the mechanism of the machine”, concludes Luis Blanco