November 20, 2018 3 min read

Ever feel like no matter how hard you try, the coffee you make at home will just never be as good as the cup of joe from your favorite coffee shop?

We've all been there, but following these 5 simple steps will transform the coffee you brew at home into something better than what you could get at most coffee shops in the city!

1. Don't Use Boiling Water!

Boiling Water

Most people boil there water and use it to brew coffee immediately, but the perfect temperature for brewing is actually about 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, so letting your water sit for about 30 seconds after boiling it before you start brewing will get the water to the perfect temperature and dramatically improve the taste of your coffee! If you're feeling fancy, you can get a kettle with a thermometer to ensure even more precise temperatures.

2. Don't Use Tap Water!

Tap Water

You may think tap water does the trick. You're boiling it anyway... right? WRONG. Tap water is filled with minerals it has absorbed from the pipes it has been sitting in. When you try to brew coffee, the water is resistant to absorbing coffee from the grounds because of the tap water's mineral composition. Coffee shops have $1000+ systems to remove the optimal amount of minerals from their water, but for a good home brew, a bottle of Arrowhead should do the trick!

3. Buy Freshly Roasted Beans from a Local Coffee Shop (NO STARBUCKS OR GROCERY STORE COFFEE)

Fresh Roast

If you live in LA, you're in luck! We'll take this step off your plate. We have personally tasted coffee from almost every roaster in the city, and can send you beans from one of the best roasters at the start of each month. Check out our coffee club and we'll make sure you get the best beans in the city for your home brew!

Coffee beans stay fresh for about 2-3 weeks. After that, they start to go stale, lose their flavor and taste bitter. Big chain coffee brands (looking at you, Starbucks) and grocery stores have supply chain processes that result in their coffee being roasted months before you even buy it! If your beans come from your neighborhood coffee shops that roast their own beans, they will have been roasted within the last few days!

4. Use a Quality Coffee Grinder

Coffee Grinder

Most swirly grinders that cost less than $20 will grind your beans into uneven sizes. Using these grinds will leave you with coffee that's both bitter and sour... gross! To get your beans ground just right and have a balanced cup of coffee, you need a grinder that pounds your beans into evenly sized pieces.

If you want the very best, check out an industry favorite and our personal choice, the Baratza Encore. If you're brewing on a budget, this manual grinder will do the trick.

If you're not quite ready to dish out the money for a grinder, your local coffee shop will gladly grind your beans for you. Just keep in mind that ground beans lose their freshness quicker than whole beans do. If you join our club, we can also send you pre-ground beans to match your brewing method!

5. Follow the Golden Ratio

To get your coffee the perfect level of strong, you want to use 1 gram of coffee for every 15 to 18 grams of water. If you want to be as precise as the coffee shops, you can use a regular kitchen scale to perfect your coffee to water ratio. But this step is easy to ballpark if you're in a hurry. Adding one and a half cups of water for every four tablespoons of coffee grounds will result in one, perfect morning brew!

So there you have it! Follow these simple steps and your coffee is bound to be just as good as the local shops. 

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