With over 95 million cups of coffee drunk each day in the UK, the demand for speciality coffee at home is higher than ever with so many coffee shops still closed. Founded last April, during the first national lockdown, and officially launched in March 2021, Fireheart Coffee is a seasonal coffee subscription service. With the way in which coffee is consumed at home having changed dramatically over the years, Fireheart Coffee strives to fill a gap in the food and drink subscription market, offering high-quality, luxury coffee that’s accessible. Moreover, the founders have also shared a helpful guide on how to make a perfect cup of coffee at home.
How to make a perfect cup of coffee at home
This might be down to personal taste but there are some fundamentals to get right and ensure you get a great cup of coffee every time.
From filter papers and pouring kettles to using the correct grind, every detail matters when it comes to coffee-making knowhow. Moreover, remember that coffee is a living, seasonal crop. To get the most out of every cup, coffee should be consumed fresh, which means adapting your choice to the right season and only grinding what you need for your brew method.
If this sounds complicated, don’t worry. Brewing the perfect cup of coffee at home isn’t rocket science. Just like brewing a good cup of tea, it’s simple once you know how — and this article will turn you into a coffee brewing expert faster than you can say ‘coffee beans’!
Provided you have some proper quality coffee and the right utensils, you can easily make an impeccable cup of coffee at home, every single day.
Choose a coffee that’s alive with flavour
First thing’s first: show-stopping coffee starts with choosing a decent coffee bean or grind. Coffee is a seasonal crop, and like all living crops, it has an expiry date and is best consumed fresh. Fireheart sources coffee seasonally, meaning all products are available at the right time of year for you to enjoy the best coffee drinking experience. Fresh, living coffee like this can make you feel alive… when brewed correctly.
The type of coffee alone is not the whole story. As with any job, it’s important you have the correct tools and method. Once you do, you’ll see how easy it is to make an exceptional cup of coffee.
To make excellent coffee you need a few key utensils. Digital kitchen scales, a timer (or your phone), and a pouring kettle. That’s it! Just follow our brew guides and you’ll get a delicious cup every time.
Think of the AeroPress as a Cafetiere and V60 hybrid. All you need for this is a strong coffee mug to hold the brewer, AeroPress filter papers (smaller than regular filters), 15g finely ground coffee, 200ml water and an additional 50ml to finish off. Brew time, approximately 2 minutes. Great for milk based drinks and filter coffees.
The cafetiere produces a dense, viscous coffee with more body than other brewing methods. Patience is key when brewing with a Cafetiere: leaving the grounds to steep for longer only makes your brew taste better. For a 1-litre cafetiere, all you need is 65g coarse coffee and 1-litre of filtered water, just off the boil. Brew time 8 minutes. Great for milk based drinks and filter coffees.
This is a metal, stove-top kettle pot that produces a strong, espresso-like, coffee. Depending on the size of your pot, you’ll need fresh, finely ground coffee. Fill the basket to the top and fill the bottom pot with enough hot water to fill the water chamber. Brew time is when the pot starts to gurgle. This is best for espresso and milk-based drinks – think flat whites.
This is a slow drip coffee maker that delivers a lighter, delicately flavoured coffee, ideally used with single-origin coffee beans (filter). Everything about the V60 is gradual, from the pouring to the percolation. You’ll need 15g medium-fine ground coffee, V60 Filter and paper, 250ml filtered water, just off the boil (added gradually) and a gooseneck kettle, which helps you pour the water at an even flow rate. Brew time 2 to 3 minutes. Best for your single origin and micro lot filter coffees.
We hope that’s of some help. Coffee is much like wine in that we all have our favourites but it’s equally enjoyable to try something a little different. Using the right brew method and fresh seasonal coffee you will always make great coffee that’s alive with flavour.
Further information on Fireheart Coffee can be found here.
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