How to Prepare Coffee at Home: A Beginner’s Guide

First, of course, you need some coffee beans! I recommend whole grains instead of ground coffee (we will abound more about this). However, apart from that, it all depends on your personal tastes.

Remember, however, that your coffee profile is not just about beans. The infusion method will affect you, as well as the water temperature, the grind size, and more.

Tips for storing coffee:

  • The date of the roast is important! Coffee is a natural product, so it has a storage time. This will vary, but a good rule of thumb is to buy only the coffee you are going to drink that week.
  • Oh, and never, never put it in the fridge, it will absorb the aromas of all other foods.

Preparation Equipment & Filters

However, there are many more types of preparation devices! You will find innovative improvements in traditional pouring methods, methods specifically designed for portable use, coffee makers, and more. And, of course, there is also the siphon and ibrik – complex, the traditional elaboration methods that are not recommended for beginners. Trust us, and you will understand why when you see them.

Windmill

On the other hand, knife mills are generally much more affordable. Beginner coffee makers may want to start with a hand mill, which can offer good quality at a reasonable price.

The next thing to consider is the size of the grind. This will be dictated by choice of the preparation device you choose, the coffee beans themselves, and your personal tastes.

Grinding Tips:

  • Grind only what you need for your preparation. The ground coffee becomes rancid after about 15 minutes.
  • As with your preparation equipment, be sure to clean the mill after use. You don’t want any old and stale particles that pollute future coffee cups.

Weight

No matter what recipe you use (and I recommend using a recipe – you can find many online), it will require that you measure the coffee and water you are going to use.

There are two ways to do this: by volume and by weight. The weight will be much more precise and more consistent. You will notice what most specialized coffee shops do. I also recommend it: it will help you get the perfect cup every time.

Ideally, you will require a pair of weights that weigh 0.1g or more. These can vary from basic to high technology (and usually have prices that fit).

Timer

Once you have started to take the time, you can also adjust it if you want to modify the profile of your final cup. With the filter, in the beginning, see more of the water for a more fruity, more acidic cup. For a larger body, on the other hand, it continues to serve to pour longer. And with immersion methods, such as AeroPress, Clever, or the French press, simply change the time you leave the particles in the water.

So here you have it – everything you need to start preparing your own third wave coffee at home. While this is a lot to master, it is easier than it seems.

And, fortunately, many people have shared recipes that you can use as a starting point. I have not included any here, since they vary according to the device of preparation, but go and search on Google some.