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Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world with more than 1.6 billion cups consumed a day – second to water.

It is also   the second most traded commodity worldwide, says Chris Brown director of The Daily Buzz, a chain of corporate workplace coffee bars.

For many people coffee has become an integral part of their morning ritual and like a glass of good wine, every cup of coffee is different.

Each type of coffee presents a different aroma, unique profile of acidity and colour which when all put together will bring you a fresh, satisfying cup every time.

Brown says: "Coffee is produced from seeds of a small red fruit that grows on the coffee plant. There are two main types of commercially consumed coffee beans, Arabica and Robusta beans: The flavor of the bean is dependent on a number of factors including the region in which it is grown, soil, temperature, weather and even the neighbouring foliage, adds to the flavour. “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.”

To make the perfect cup of coffee at home, Brown, who studied at the London School of Coffee, advise you to consider the following factors: 

  • 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=Med; Plunger/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 drinks like cappuccinos and lattés). Good quality filtered water goes a long way to ensuring good in-cup quality as well as helping to maintain your equipment for longer.
  • Milk: If you are streaming milk for a caffé latté or cappuccino, try to use fresh milk that is well before its best before date and make sure it is cold when you start. This gives you more time to aerate the milk with fine bubbles that will give you a much creamier and sweeter velvety texture. If fresh milk is not an option, long life milk foams may be the option. 

20 Mar 2014,p.29