Brewing a perfect cup of black coffee is an art. Although drinking it without sugar, milk or cream can be an acquired taste; it allows the brewer to focus on the full-bodied flavor of freshly roasted coffee beans. Black coffee is generally made in a pot, although modern coffee connoisseurs may insist on mastering the pour-over method for the best possible flavor.
Method One of Two:
Making Pour-Over Black CoffeeEdit
1Purchase freshly roasted, whole bean coffee. If you can’t purchase it directly from the roaster within a week or so of it being roasted, opt for a vacuum-sealed bag from a reputable national coffee-bean roaster.
2Purchase your own coffee grinder, or grind it in the store. If possible, choose a burr grinder in place of a normal blade grinder. For best results, grind the coffee fresh right before brewing each day.
- Experiment with different ground size. Although finer grounds are generally preferred, they can result in a bitterer brew than coarse grounds.
- Many people recommend that you aim for grounds the size of coarse sugar.
3Use good water. If you like the water taste of the water that comes out of your tap, it’s likely to make good coffee. Softened or distilled water should never be used, but carbon-filtered water can reduce the chemical taste of some tap water.
- Minerals in water are important for the brewing process.
4Buy a kettle, a funnel and unbleached filters for your pour-over brew. Most coffee aficionados believe that the pour-over, single-cup method provides the best, richest black coffee.
5Place the funnel on a cup that is big enough to hold your entire brew. Put approximately three tbsp. of ground coffee in the filter right before you’re ready to brew.
- Serious coffee brewers focus on the weight of the beans, rather than the volume. If you prefer this method, aim for 60 to 70g (two to two and a half oz.) per liter (4.22 cups) of water. Adjust based on the size of your coffee cup.
6Boil your kettle. Wait for it to cool down for 30 seconds to one minute or stop it just before it reaches a boil. The ideal temperature for brewing coffee is 200 degrees Fahrenheit (93 degrees Celsius).
- Generally, the darker the roast, the less hot your water should be. For light roasts, use a temperature up to 207 degrees Fahrenheit (97 degrees Celsius). For darker roasts, use a temperature closer to 195 degrees Fahrenheit (90.5 degrees Celsius).
7Set your timer for four minutes. Wet the coffee with the first pour over, using a couple of oz. of water. Wait 30 seconds and pour again, repeating until the four minutes and the water are gone.Advertisement
Method Two of Two:
Making Black Coffee in a MachineEdit
1Buy your freshly roasted whole coffee beans in small batches. Beans that are exposed to the air or sunlight will go rancid.
2Purchase unbleached coffee filters that fit in your coffee maker. If you doubt whether your coffee maker has been cleaned in a while, take some time to clean it for the best possible taste. Run it on the cleaning mode (or a simple brewing mode) with a mixture of half distilled white vinegar and half water.
- Follow up with two additional brews with water to ensure that the vinegar residue has been completely removed.
- For areas with very hard water, include a larger ratio of vinegar to water. Repeat the cleaning every month.
3Grind your beans daily in a burr or blade grinder right before brewing. Burr mills provide the most even grinding; however, they are much more expensive than small blade grinders. If you use a blade grinder, rock it several times during grinding to produce more even grounds.
- Try out different sized coffee grounds. The finer the grounds, the more flavor you will get from them; however, they can also result in a more bitter brew.
4Use approximately two and three-fourths tbsp. of coffee per eight oz. cup. With time, you will see how many scoops of coffee beans will produce this amount of grounds. Adjust the amount to your taste.
5Opt to turn off the automatic warming feature on your pot. Most coffee makers are programmed to brew at a perfect 200 degrees Fahrenheit (93 degrees Celsius), but the warming feature can boil the brew, making it taste bitter. For best results, drink the freshly brewed black coffee right away.
How do I make black coffee with just milk and water? Is it OK if I just add a little bit of coffee to water and drink it?
- Black coffee, by its nature, contains no milk or sugar. If you're not sure you like coffee, you can add a little milk to coffee or vice versa until you find the balance of coffee to milk you enjoy most. Like wine or beer, coffee (especially black coffee) is an acquired taste, and not everyone acquires a taste for it.
Can I use Nescafe coffee powder instead of roasted beans?
- Coffee powder is instant coffee that requires no brewing, just needing hot water added. The powder dissolves in water. The beans are already roasted, brewed and the coffee itself is dehydrated and powdered by the company making it. It's still coffee no matter how you look at it.
I want to lose belly fat. Can I use black coffee?Answered by wikiHow Contributor
- Black coffee doesn't have any calories, and the caffeine may spike your metabolism a bit, but it isn't a magic bullet for weight loss. You'll need to pair it with a sensible diet and exercise to lose weight.
Where is coffee produced?Answered by Stephen
- Arabica coffee, which accounts for about three-quarters of the coffee cultivated worldwide, is grown throughout Latin America, Central and East Africa, India and, to some extent, Indonesia. Robusta coffee is grown in West and Central Africa, throughout South-East Asia and, to some extent, in Brazil. These are only two of the many kinds of coffee grown all over the world.
How many calories does a cup of black coffee burn?
- Coffee itself doesn't burn calories, but the caffeine in just one cup can boost calorie burning by four percent over two and a half hours. Just be sure to skip the added sugars and creams in order to reap the full benefits.
Things You'll NeedEdit
- Freshly roasted whole-bean coffee
- Airtight storage container
- Burr or blade grinder
- Unbleached filters
- Pour-over dripper/coffee machine
- Scale (optional)
- Measuring spoons
- Tap or carbon-filtered water
- Vinegar (for cleaning)
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