Make Gourmet Drinks: Grind Your Own Coffee
To many people, coffee is just coffee. It’s dark, roasty, loaded with caffeine, and tastes… well, tastes like coffee. Then, there are those of us who love coffee. If we simply wanted a caffeine fix, we could take one of those gas station energy shots. But, for us, coffee is about much more than caffeine. If you’re reading this blog, then the same is probably true for you, as well.
If you really want to make gourmet drinks that rival those of your local coffee shop, then there’s one really important aspect that we would like you to think about: grinding. When and how your coffee is ground can make a world of difference. You can use all of the flavored coffee syrups you want, but they aren’t going to make poorly ground coffee taste good.
Here’s why you should grind your own coffee beans…
Coffee beans are ground up to release flavor in the brewing process. Once a bean is ground, it immediately begins to lose flavor. When you buy pre-ground coffee, a lot of the flavor is lost well before it ever makes it to your brewer. By grinding your own coffee every morning, you can enjoy a cup of coffee that is intense and as robust as it was meant to be!
There are two types of coffee grinders: blade grinders and Burr grinders. If you like to make gourmet drinks, then we would advise you against blade grinders. Blade grinders give uneven results. Plus, they’re messy, and usually quite loud. Also, serious coffee snobs will point out that blade grinders can heat up the beans slightly. This extra heat means greater loss of flavor.
So, we recommend that you opt for a Burr grinder instead. Burr grinders grind each coffee bean individually. Manual Burr grinders (which work just as well as the automatic ones) are especially quiet, too. You’ll get beans that are evenly ground, thereby maximizing flavor. There are a lot of beautiful Burr grinders on the market, too. Find one that meshes with your style!
As you start making gourmet drinks with your fresh-ground coffee, we would encourage you to have fun and experiment! Try adding some sweet and mellow coffee syrups to your beverage, and see if they taste even better with freshly ground coffee. We recommend giving something like Amoretti Premium French Vanilla Syrup a try. Taste a difference? Let us know!