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How to make Barista-style coffee at home

We get it. You don’t want to mindlessly throw coffee beans from some standard brand that you found in some standard supermarket and mix it with tap water to make a hot cup of joe. You also don’t care to stand in a long line every morning to buy something overpriced while someone announces your name wrong. So is it even possible to make a Barista-style coffee at home?

This is a guest post in collaboration with Alycia Coloma.

You don’t want to waste countless hours and money learning new terms, buying extremely expensive equipment that you may use just once, or doing complex techniques that you are afraid of failing at.

If you feel that these are standing in your way, look no further! It’s actually a lot less effort than you might think. It may take some investment, but it’s not as much as you may think it would be. So, without further ado, check out the following tips for making barista-style coffee at home.

Invest in the right type of coffee

Whole bean coffee is easier to store and it will keep longer than ground coffee. While you do have to grind it up before brewing, that’s a small price to pay for a fresher cup of coffee. Your grinding skills contribute to how good your coffee taste is, but choosing the right coffee beans for espresso is the first step to brewing up a bold and flavorful shot of espresso.

Another avenue is the coffee pod, which keeps the right amount of coffee in a vacuum-sealed pod that can be easily inserted into your coffee machine for a Barista-style coffee at home.

Both whole bean coffee and pods are available at your average supermarket, or you can also buy coffee online. A lot of online retailers will cut you some wonderful deals if you’re a first-time customer, as well as provide you with informative subscription boxes, make suggestions according to your tastes, and offer delivery straight to your home.

Use only what you need for a Barista-style coffee at home

With a pod, it’s easier because you know how big your coffee mug will be in general. Usually, the machines that use pods are single-use, however there are machines that will enable multiple servings. These do take some adjustment, so at least you can use one pod per cup.

If you are grinding the whole beans, generally 90 grams of whole beans will fit a 6-cup, automatic drip coffee maker. Make sure you store the coffee in a dark-coloured or opaque ceramic or glass container so light keeps it longer. Also, DO NOT FREEZE THE COFFEE. The moisture will spoil it faster.

Equipment you need for a Barista-style coffee at home

When people hear of barista-style coffee, they think of purchasing the most expensive Italian piece of coffee machinery available. While it is true that you can get really good results by spending a lot, you really don’t need to. If you have whole beans, you can use a simple, inexpensive grinder and a simple food scale to measure out the coffee.

Also, you may not need to get a drip coffee maker at all! There are a lot of single-serve filters that you can put on top of a mug and pretty inexpensive French presses which only require a coarser grind and a few minutes’ time to steep.

Barista style coffee at home

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Use filtered water

While the taste is better with filtered water, that’s not the only reason you should use it when making your coffee. In fact, it actually leads to fewer impurities like heavy metals and other minerals to build up in your equipment. In addition to saving your equipment, it can also potentially save you from lead and other contaminants.

Use your imagination

While you can buy fancy syrups and other items to add a little more “oomph” to your coffee, you can also throw in a bit of cinnamon or chocolate you have already in your spice cabinet or even get a can of whipped cream for your hot brewed Kona coffee! Less is more. Even pairing it with a tasty baked good like a cookie or cake can add to the experience.

So there you have it! All it takes is a concerted time and effort to accommodate an upgraded mug of coffee to start your day! When you get the hang of it, you’ll want to explore more of this enjoyable craft. And you’ll be an expert at making Barista-style coffee at home!

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