Seven Steps for Sensational Gourmet Coffee At Home

Get These Basics Right For a Truly Great Cuppa

Did you know that with the right preparation and a bit of care and effort you can make a wonderful cup of coffee in your own home to rival that fabulous tasting (and smelling) gourmet coffee you get in a top-class coffee shop.

Here are the seven steps that you can take to produce the perfect cup of coffee every time:

1. Start with top quality beans

It’s pretty well essential that to have great tasting coffee you need to start with the highest grade of coffee you can buy. Even better if you can get whole coffee beans in your favorite flavor. By doing this you’ll be starting with the freshest coffee available.

2. Use a good quality coffee grinder

The best grinders around today are generally both easy to use and keep clean. Grinding your own coffee beans, enables you grind only what you need, and when you need it. meaning that again you’ll be starting with the freshest coffee available.

3. The coffee machine

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You might believe you have the best coffee machine, but did you know the state of it is absolutely key to a great cup of coffee. No matter what type of coffee maker you have, you can get a good cup of coffee out of it if you diligently carry out the essential maintenance steps for keeping it in tip top condition.

To do this, you should refer to the manufacturer’s instructions where you will find a detailed daily, weekly and monthly (or quarterly) maintenance schedule. As a bare minimum, you should ensure that the coffee maker is always cleaned at the end of each day it is used.

4. Use just the right amount of coffee grounds

Make sure you grind the correct amount of beans for the strength of coffee you prefer. Too much and you will have a very strong, bitter tasting coffee, while too little will leave you with a weak, insipid cup of coffee. The best advice is to follow your coffee supplier’s recommendations, at least in the beginning, and then adjust the strength according to your liking.

5. What about the water?

Yes! Even the water you use affects the taste and quality of the coffee you will get when you use it for a brew. For best results the water you use should not contain any minerals or chlorine.

Using filtered water that has stood for a few days, or bottled water rather than tap water will ensure the quality of the coffee is not diminished. Also, keeping the water at a fairly constant temperature of about 200°F (93°C) is correct for gourmet coffee.

6. Keep your coffee stored tight

It is really important to store your coffee in as near vacuum conditions as you can. Unfortunately, air oxidizes your coffee, which means it will soon become bitter. Don’t use metal metal canisters for storage because they can impart a metallic taste to your coffee, yuck! It’s better to use a plastic, glass or ceramic air-tight container for your coffee and coffee beans.

7. Store it at the right temperature

Keep it stored out of sunlight and at room temperature. The fridge or freezer is a no-no because the moisture these contain can make your coffee deteriorate quickly.

Most restaurants are told to keep coffee for serving to customers for less than thirty minutes. You don’t need to do that at home because coffee is at its best when first brewed.

Follow these steps and see just how wonderful your home-brewed coffee will taste!

Air Conditioning: What Does It Actually Do?

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Air Conditioning (A/C) is a system for controlling the humidity, ventilation, and temperature in a building or vehicle, typically to maintain a cool atmosphere in uncomfortably warm conditions. A/C can also be described as a technique for regulating the condition of ambient air for a more comfortable environment for humans or industrial products.

These four physical properties of air are controlled in air conditioning:

  • Air temperature: The control of air temperature in air conditioning includes both heating and cooling processes.
  • Relative humidity: A/C systems lower the humidity of the air consumed by the equipment. They do this by using a cold evaporator coil to condense water vapor from already processed air (similar to how a cold drink will condense water on the outside of a glass). This removed water is then drained, thereby reducing the relative humidity.
  • Air motion or circulation: Basic A/C units have two different types of refrigeration cycle. The first type uses a heat pump to drive out hot air from the room and replaces it by blowing in cooled air though a compressor. The second type simply pumps in a refrigerant, which then evaporates and extracts the hot air, thereby leaving cooled air in its place.
  • Air cleanliness: (the amount of dust particles in air): Whenever the cleanliness of the air is of an unacceptable level the A/C system needs to incorporate air purifiers or air cleaners to reduce the amount of dirt/dust particles in the air to an acceptable level.

Control of these four properties is necessary in air conditioning for the improvement of human comfort. Even more precise control over these properties is required in the operation of some industrial air conditioning units. Other properties, such as odor and air pressure, are further controlled as necessary in other sensitive environments.