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How to make a great cup of coffee?

If you love the coffee house experience, you'll want to know how to make a great cup of coffee at home. Here's our advice...

Delicious coffee at home is matter of attention to detail. Whatever your brewing method, here's our advice...

Choose a quality coffee bean

As well as exploring coffee from different growing regions, you can select a roast that works for you. In general:

  • Light to medium roasts: Fruity, nutty, caramelized aromas.
  • Dark roasts: Earthy, smoky, spicy aromas.

Match your grind size to the brewing method

When it comes to coffee, one size does not fit all. The size of the grind affects the surface area that comes into contact with the water, and so it depends on how fast or slow the brewing process will be. As a general guide:

Size Brewing method
Coarse Cold brew coffee
Medium coarse French press, Percolator, Coffee cupping
Medium Pour-over brewers, Drip coffee machines, Siphon coffee, Aeropress
Fine Espresso, Stove-top espresso makers
Extra fine Turkish coffee

Check the right water temperature

The correct water temperature allows the grinds to bloom and reveal their flavour. As a general rule, 195-205°F is best for coffee. In the KitchenAid Espresso Machine, dual smart temperature sensors ensure the temperature remains correct throughout.

Get the right extraction time

The proper brew time is essential for the best flavour as it ensures the roast, grind, and temperature extract properly. Too short and the coffee will taste sour or sharp, too long and the coffee will taste thin and bitter. No matter how good the coffee beans, extraction time matters.

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