There is a bit of a science to picking the right coffee and knowing when coffee is going to turn out poorly. With the right information, you can make an informed
decision and choose the best tasting coffee.
You want to be able to get a great cup of coffee no matter where you are- at work, at the coffee shop or even at home.
You could use coffee aps, such as Urbanspoon, Beanhunter or Yelp to find the most acclaimed coffee shops in your area. However, we are going to do without them for the purposes of this article and show you how to use some skill to spot a good cup of coffee.
There are a few questions you should be asking yourself about any cup of coffee before it is served to you.
First of all, look at the café. Is the shop clean? Does it have anybody inside? Keep in mind that you might be seeing the shop at a period when it just isn’t busy. You should also factor in how old the shop is and if it looks like anything has been updated to keep up with modern technology.
Next, you need to look at the equipment being used. It helps to know the big name brand coffee machines, but keep in mind that the machine isn’t the only factor going into whether or not your cup of coffee will be any good. The best ones for our money are Slayer, La Marzocco and Synesso.
You should also consider if the coffee shop is grinding on demand. Fresh ground coffee for every cup makes a world of difference. If you enter the café and they turn a switch to let the grinder run on its own until it is finished, then you should leave immediately. The best shops use push button electric grinders, plus scales to ensure proper packing in each basket. Alternatively, they may be constantly tapping and pulling the dosing trigger on a manual grinder.
Large company banners rub me the wrong way. They scream for attention in order to pull in customers instead of letting the coffee do the talking. You also need to pay attention to the milk jug. If you hear a drawn out squealing sound, then that means that the barista isn’t getting the most out of the milk’s proteins. They probably aren’t trained very well, and the milk is being allowed to spin while no air is going into it.
Here are some more signs to watch out for:
- Excessively large milk jugs (anything bigger than two balled fists, really)
- A thermometer placed inside or on the milk jug, which is completely
- Spoons sticking into the milk jug
- Syrup being used with the coffee machine
- Coffee that is being served in corrugated cups or very large mugs
- A barista that isn’t aerating the milk by moving the jug up and down
In the end, coffee can be quite subjective, and it’s really down to your own preferences. These tips will just help you ensure that you get a good cup of coffee
more often than not.