Boast Your Barista Skills with these 5 Neat Tips & Tricks

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Crafting the perfect cup of coffee is an art, and mastering it requires more than just pouring hot water over coffee grounds. The real magic lies in the details, those little tricks and techniques that can elevate your coffee game from good to outstanding. Here are five secrets that baristas swear by, and now, they're yours too!

1. Keeping Your Cup Warm: The Cozy Coffee Experience

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Picture this: You take that first, eagerly awaited sip of your morning brew, only to find it disappointingly lukewarm. Sound familiar? Fear not, for there's a simple solution: keep your cup warm. Baristas have long known the trick of immersing serving cups in warm water to ensure that the coffee stays piping hot from the first sip to the last. Now, you can replicate this cozy coffee experience at home by preheating your mug with hot water. Say goodbye to tepid coffee and hello to blissful warmth!

But wait, there's more! This trick isn't just for hot coffee enthusiasts. If iced coffee is more your style, you can still benefit. Simply chill your mug before adding your cold brew, and voila – cafe-quality refreshment right at your fingertips.

2. Controlling your brew time: Brewing it right!

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Brewing time is crucial because it directly affects the taste of your coffee. If you don't brew long enough, the flavour won't fully develop, leaving you with a weak and underwhelming cup of coffee. On the other hand, brewing for too long can make your coffee taste bitter and unpleasant. Finding the right brewing time ensures that you get the perfect balance of flavours and a delicious cup of coffee every time. Brewing time is directly related to the brewing method, temperature, grind size, coffee-to-water ratio, filters, pouring methods, and various other factors To make the most of your high-quality specialty coffee, always know what you're brewing and how to brew it before you start.

3. Always Measure Your Beans: Precision in Every Pour

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Yup! We also second what all coffee blogs advise, “Don't leave your coffee ratios to chance!” While eyeballing in cooking is passable, too little or too many beans will affect the flavour of your coffee. Invest in a reliable scale and measure your coffee beans with precision. Consistency is key, and measuring ensures you hit the perfect balance of flavour, whether you're making a single cup or a full pot. Sounds like something James Hoffman would say, doesn't it? Follow it!

4. Grind Just Before Brewing -  It’s All About Right Timing!

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Grinding your coffee beans just before brewing is crucial for preserving their freshness and flavour, which is a trick most people do not think is essential owing to convenience but have you noticed? The barista always grinds their beans on order! That’s because when coffee beans are ground, they start to lose their aromatic compounds and oils, which are responsible for the rich flavours and aromas in your cup of coffee. By grinding immediately before brewing, you ensure that these volatile compounds are retained, resulting in aromatic grounds and a fragrant cup of coffee!

Each brew of coffee is different from another, just like siblings! And making each one requires different equipment and, more often than not, is drunk in mugs of different shapes and sizes as well! Similarly, the flavours find variation in the grind sizes. There's a certain alchemy to grinding your own coffee beans, and getting the right grind is ultimately going to decide what your brew of choice tastes like. Overall, the grinder is portrayed in the “World Atlas of Coffee” as an essential investment for coffee enthusiasts seeking to elevate their coffee experience.

5. Get Creative with Flavoring: Personalize Your Palate

Passion fruit, wild honey, dried cardamom and tonic layered with naturals cold brew at the World Coffee Convention, 2023 by our coffee specialist @geetumohnani (Instagram)

Ditch the notion that coffee has to be a one-note experience. Experiment with flavouring options to create different dynamics with caffeine content. Add a spoon of passionfruit, a hint of vanilla, or some orange juice to your black coffee for a personalised coffee experience. Flavoured brews are on the rise in 2024, and we are excited to get creative with our flavourings!

Whether you're a morning coffee lover or a coffee at sunset person, these coffee discoveries are a surefire for all coffee varieties and will definitely enhance your coffee experience. Savour the nuances of your favourite beans, and let the art of coffee-making become a delightful and rewarding part of your routine. High-quality coffee needs the extra TLC!