For the wannabe baristas among you this years big event is the London Coffee Festival from 27th to 29th April. With this in mind weve come up with these tips to help you achieve the perfect coffee at home.
- Fresh coffee beans are essential, so only buy the amount of beans you would use in a month.
- Grinding the beans yourself will keep the beans fresher and you should only grind what you are intending to use there and then. If you dont have a grinder, keep your ground coffee in a dark airtight container.
- If you are heating your milk for a latte or cappuccino, only ever heat it once. Reheated milk will ruin a good coffee.
- If you have a coffee machine, the amount of coffee you put into your filter basket does not have the biggest impact on the strength of the coffee. It is the speed of the flow of water through the coffee that affects its strength. If the water is running too fast, put more coffee in. If its running too slowly put less. The right speed is about 30ml in 30 seconds.
Or if that just sounds too complicated, you can just buy your coffee at the Coffee Festival. Either way, enjoy!