If coffee is your poison, we have a question for you – Are you sipping on it the right way? Wait, let us rephrase it – Are you making the most common coffee mistakes that might be taking the essence from your cuppa? We aren’t kidding sistah, because nutritionists and dieticians also believe that the simplest things like the temperature of the water can do a lot of wrong to your coffee.
So, what are the sins you have been committing, while brewing that cup of coffee? Well, read on to know.
Every method of brewing such as drip system, French press, espresso and cold brew will bring in different flavours to the coffee. Some make it very strong, while others like it balanced and light. Experimenting with the correct contact time until you get the right balance of taste is needed to get the best cuppa.
It’s important to reach the right temperature of water to get the best flavour of beans. Cold water will result in flat underextracted coffee, while water that’s too hot will also cause a loss of quality in the taste of the coffee.
The quality and flavour of the coffee is not only determined by the process, but also by the type of coffee beans. The best idea is to try and enjoy different combinations.
Buy smaller quantities of freshly roasted coffee more frequently. It starts losing its freshness almost immediately after roasting.
Make sure to choose correct and clean equipment to brew the coffee. Wipe clean the machine daily to prevent any residue, and regularly check the removable parts.
Coffee’s greatest enemies are air, light, moisture and heat. It’s important to store coffee in an opaque, airtight container to avoid humidity and light, so as to not compromise on the taste of coffee.
Post lunch meal coffee can disrupt sleep patterns and keep you awake till late at night. It can reduce the sleep quality and quantity. Fix it by quitting coffee consumption late in the day.
Caffeine in coffee is an addictive substance. It can lead to physical as well as psychological dependency. One may experience withdrawal symptoms like headaches, irritability and fatigue, due to several hours of the gap in coffee consumption.
“Benefits of coffee are defined by the type of beans and how the coffee is brewed. It is linked with plenty of good things, as it is high in antioxidants. It also contains caffeine, which can cause problems in some. Caffeine in moderate doses (2 to 3 cups max) may cause increased alertness, energy and concentration, but in large doses can have harmful effects,” concludes Palan.