Loved by millions worldwide, coffee has been in existence for thousands of years. Originally established as a hot drink back in 800 AD, over the years, we’ve discovered a range of interesting and unusual ways to use coffee – particularly when it comes to the grinds and all the great stuff they can be turned into.
There are so many different types of coffee on the market, and it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. However, most of the coffee beans that we consume can be split into two main types – Arabica and Robusta.
Where the most significant difference in coffee lies, is in the different types of coffee drinks. In this modern day and age, coffee has become somewhat of a trend, and now, there are many different brew methods to give coffee some of its most unique flavours. There are, of course, your standard coffee drinks, but there are also lots of weird and wonderful concoctions when it comes to coffee drinks.
When it comes to how much coffee should be used per serving, there is a guideline called the ‘golden ratio’. This is simply one to two tablespoons of ground coffee to be added for every six ounces of water. Of course, this can be adjusted somewhat to suit individual tastes.
Depending on the type of coffee beans or granules you are using, the end result of the grinds will vary greatly. Let’s take a look at what each kind of coffee should be producing when it comes to grinds.
Grinds can be a fantastic resource for a number of things. You can make face masks, body scrubs, garden fertiliser and even cleaning materials from coffee grinds.
We all want the best from our coffee beans. Therefore, it is vital that they are stored and looked after properly. So that you get the most from your coffee beans and can enjoy the best cup of coffee, start by choosing quality beans, storing them properly to maximise freshness and flavour.
Freshness is critical when it comes to a delicious quality cup of coffee. Coffee experts and baristas worldwide agree that coffee should be consumed as quickly as possible after being roasted. This is particularly important once the packaging seal has been broken.
While there are varying views on whether coffee should be frozen or refrigerated or not, the important thing to keep in mind is that coffee absorbs moisture and odours from the air. While most home storage containers still let in small amounts of oxygen, if you do choose to refrigerate or freeze your beans, be sure to use a container that is as airtight as can be.
The next time you ask for your flat white or Americano (or other coffee of choice), you will now have more of an insight into just how much goes into coffee, and how much there is yet to be learned about what we can do with it. It is, in fact, a very versatile drink that can be used in all sorts of wonderful concoctions. Some of these include alcohol, desserts, and cooking.
Coffee can be very interesting indeed, and quite often rather technical, so it may best to just enjoying that next sip of a deliciously warm cup of joe without thinking too much of how it made it to your mug.
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