In preparing for an upcoming series of articles, we wanted to ask our community this one very simple question: Do you think better coffee experiences come from understanding the Science of Coffee, or the Art of Coffee? If you didn’t know that this question even had an answer, just pick the one that sounds the best to you and we’ll see what we can make of the responses.
Brewing coffee at home doesn’t have to be difficult, and it can certainly turn out just as good as when your local professional baristas brew a cup for you.
How many times have you opened your cupboard, pulled out your coffee maker and brewed yourself a pot of coffee, only to find yourself incredibly disappointed by the lack of flavor or bitterness in your cup? If you’re like me when I first got started brewing coffee at home, it never quite tasted as good as when I went to my favorite local coffee shop and had a hand-brewed cup of coffee from the best baristas I knew at the time.
There are a number of factors that contribute to the quality of a freshly brewed cup of coffee, but if you ask us, there’s probably one that’s more important than all of the others (to a degree). No matter what brewing method you use, how much practice you’ve had with that brewing method or even which roaster you get your coffee from, if you follow this one single tip, you will have a significantly better cup of coffee every single time you brew at home. Don’t take that to mean those other things aren’t important, of course, just that when we look at why most people hate brewing coffee at home, this is the one key point that can to be improved upon the most.