Drinking & keeping fresh coffee at its best
Hooked on the smell and the taste of fresh coffee? Want to replicate that heady aroma and flavour at home? The below may help a little.
Coffee packaging has improved considerably over the last decade, but even the best wrapping allows the aroma to leak away – especially if the coffee beans are ground rather than whole. Once the packet is opened, of course, the deterioration in aroma and flavour is much more pronounced.
Storage is of the utmost importance. Regardless of the manufacturers’ instructions, reject the fridge. One of coffee’s great qualities is its ability to take in aroma and flavour, as well as to impart it. A fridge that smells even just slightly of cheese and bacon, therefore, is to be avoided. (Bear in mind that people used to be advised to use ground coffee to absorb and therefore remove fridge odours.) Keep your coffee in a sealed glass jar in a cool place to enjoy it at its best.
The serious aficionados now own a coffee roaster. While there is no doubt that freshly roasted beans produce the ultimate coffee-drinking experience, but at £4000 plus a pop for the equipment, financially this is a bean too far for most people. But certainly worth it, if you have the time and the dosh!
These days, it seems, eating and drinking are all about speed. In fact, with many food and drinks, the time saved using instant is often just a few seconds. It doesn’t take much more effort to get the real thing. The grinding of coffee beans is a case in point. Coffee grinders are cheap, the time taken is minimal and the results are wonderful. Yet, while sales of fresh coffee are soaring, most of it is still sold ready-ground.
Espresso & Cappuccino machines:
Many keen coffee lovers have moved on to the latest espresso and cappuccino machines. Most produce excellent coffee, but they can be too slow if you want ‘coffee to go’ or you’re catering for that coffee morning.
The ever-popular glass cafetière with a metal plunger works well and hits the fresh coffee-spot without too much faff! The very best are the double walled steel cafetières. Not only do they keep the coffee hotter for longer they are practically unbreakable. End of.
Tesco Finest Java Sumatra Coffee Beans
Percol Fairtrade Colombia Arabica Ground Coffee