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How to make a great cup of coffee

THROUGHOUT the world, more than 1,6 billion cups of coffee are consumed each day. Globally coffee is second only to water when we look at the consumption of beverages. For many, coffee has become an integral part of their morning ritual.

Chris Brown, director at The Daily Buzz,

a chain of corporate work place coffee bars, says: "Coffee is produced from the seeds of a small red fruit that grows on the coffea plant. There are two main types of commercially consumed coffee beans: the Arabica

bean and the Robusta bean. The flavour of the bean is dependent on a number of factors, including the growing region, soil, temperature, weather and even neighbouring foliage. Contrary to popular belief, buying expensive beans does not automatically mean it will result in a good cup of coffee. There are a few fundamental rules that need to be followed to create the perfect cup.”

When asked: "How do I make great cup of coffee?" Brown, who has studied at the London School of Coffee, advises you to consider the factors below.

Beans

Whichever beans you decide to use, make sure they are fresh. Look for beans packed in a foil-lined bag with a one-way valve (a small round plastic disc embedded on the inside of the side of the bag).

Grind

If possible, buy whole-bean coffee and use a burr grinder to grind your beans. Only grind as much as you require for the occasion and then store the beans in an airtight

container in a cool dark place. Make sure the grind coarseness is suited to the coffee­ brewing method you plan on using. Espresso=fine, filter= medium, plunger or French press = coarse.

Equipment

Whichever method you are using to brew, make sure you are using good quality equipment that is cleaned often and properly maintained.

Water

Water makes up the highest portion of the Final beverage (except for cappuccinos and lattés). Good-quality filtered water goes a long way to ensuring a good cup of coffee

Milk

If you are steaming milk for a caffé latté or cappuccino, try to use fresh milk that is well before its "best before" date and make sure it's cold when you start. This gives you more time to aerate the milk with fine bubbles, which will give you a much creamier and sweeter velvety texture. If fresh milk is not an option, long-life milk foams really well.





There are a few fundamental rules that need to be followed In order to create the perfect cup of coffee. 

WITNESS (Pietermaritzburg)
25 Mar 2014, p.14