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How To Buy Coffee Online - Then Make The Perfect Coffee

Updated on March 14, 2011

 

Where can you buy good quality coffee online? We will have a look at some popular coffee’s and where to buy the coffee from. We will also have a look at how to make a good cup of coffee and what different sorts of coffee there are available online.

Coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks, yet there is a science to making the perfect cup of coffee. So we will also take a look at exactly how you should go about making the perfect cup of coffee. First of all though with so many different varieties of coffee out there, you need to know what kind of coffee suits you best and what type you will enjoy.

Different Types Of Coffee

 

Coffee comes from the small seeds found in fruit from certain trees. The main two species that produce the seeds are Arabica and Robusta, the seeds are known as coffee beans. There are a few main producers of coffee beans, these include Columbia, Arabia, Sumatra, India, Brazil and Java. There are some differences in flavour depending upon where the coffee beans come from, but the main difference is in the roasting.

Coffee beans are roasted to enhance the flavour and bring out the strong oils contained within the beans. There are many different ways of roasting coffee beans but manufacturers have certain methods they use to ensure a consistent flavour. American roast produces a medium bodied coffee, this is often used in coffee shops and is generally thought to be the standard coffee flavour. Brazilian roast is a slightly darker roast compared with the American roast, this has a deeper flavour and a smooth aftertaste.

One that has recently grown in popularity is French roast coffee. The beans are the color of dark chocolate and have a deep rich taste. Often you can tell that the coffee is French roast as there will be a thin film of oil visible on the surface of the coffee. Another popular roast is Espresso. Here the beans are roasted for longer, almost until they burn. This gives the coffee a strong sharp taste that really is powerful.

When it comes to buying coffee online, it is recommended that people buy the roasted beans and ground them down themselves. This is because ground coffee loses a great deal of flavour. Coffee beans will last for a lot longer and can also be frozen to store for longer periods of time. Ground coffee will soon go off and lose it’s pungent flavour. There are many different varieties of coffee online, we have a had a look at a few of the main varieties, but there are plenty more out there to choose from.

How To Make The Perfect Coffee

 

The first tip when it comes to making a good cup of coffee is to make sure your coffee is fresh. Ground coffee quickly loses it’s flavour so it’s always best to buy coffee beans and grind them yourself. There are lots of coffee grinders available and these are very handy if you want to make sure your coffee is fresh.

When you have opened a packet of coffee, be it ground or beans, make sure you keep it in a cool dry place. Make sure the packet is well sealed, coffee does not like to breathe! So air will damage the flavour of fresh coffee, if you are storing coffee seal the bag as tightly as possible. If you want to store coffee beans, you can freeze these for up to six months. You can also use coffee beans straight from the freezer, no need to defrost them first!

Next up it’s all about the coffee maker of Cafetiere you are using. Coffee makers are usually pretty much self explanatory so we will look at how to use a Cafetiere. There are lots of good Cafetieres you can buy online. When it comes to water make sure that you first of all the run the tap for a while to make sure the water coming through is cold and fresh. In some areas the water that comes out of the taps is highly chlorinated which gives it a distinct flavour. If this is the case it may be wise to use bottled spring water. Many coffee connoisseurs insist on this practice.

Now you need to put your ground coffee into your Cafetiere. One level tablespoon of coffee per cup will give you an average strength of coffee. If you want a stronger brew then use a heaped tablespoon per cup of coffee you are preparing. The amount of coffee you use is really down to personal taste so it’s often best to experiment for a while until you find the ideal strength.

When you have boiled your water in the kettle you can add it to your Cafetiere. It’s very important that you do not use boiling water! This will burn the coffee and it will lose much of it’s flavour. If the kettle has boiled, just let it cool down for thirty seconds before you add the water. Fill your Cafetiere up to the desired level and then stir the coffee for a few seconds. Now you can add the lid and leave it to brew.

After a minute or two the ground coffee will start to settle on the bottom of the Cafetiere. Make sure you give this plenty of time to happen, then it’s time to press the plunger. Slowly, push down on the plunger until it reaches the bottom. Now it’s time to enjoy your coffee. There are many different ways you can have your coffee, some like it black, some like to add milk and sugar, some people even add other flavours. Once you are at this stage there is really no right or wrong way to take your coffee.

Mmmmmm Coffee

 

Coffee really is a wonderful beverage that people have been enjoying for many hundreds of years. There are so many different ways to enjoy this wonderful drink, realistically there is no right or wrong way when it comes to coffee. Just have what ever flavour and variety you enjoy.

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      Chris Weatherley 

      7 years ago from Rickmansworth

      Ahhhh, Coffee. Great Hub Andy. :D

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      WoodsmensPost 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Great information. I drink plenty of coffee but didnt really know this much information about it. Very helpful and great hub on buying coffee online and I always enjoy a perfect cup of coffee. Useful hub voted up!!

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      JD Barlow 

      7 years ago from Southeast US

      I like it! It gives me a few more ideas.

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      Angela_1973 

      7 years ago

      I love coffee, I love this hub, voted up

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