Five tips for making great office coffee
We’ve already told you why you should never put coffee in the microwave, and our favorite way to make office coffee with the Cauldryn, so here are some more tips on how to make perfect office coffee.
- Start with high quality whole beans. Just about every town of decent size will have a local coffee roaster, do an online search to find a local roaster, or just ask your coffee loving friends or co-workers. You may try a few different roasters and few different coffees. If you don’t want to go through all that trouble, you can order online from one of our favorites, Dark Horse Coffee Roasters in San Diego CA. Experiment with different beans and roasts to find the one that you like best.
- Get a small handheld grinder. Yes, pre-ground coffee is easier, but once he beans are ground, the flavor starts to degrade almost instantly. Grinding the beans immediately before brewing is an easy way to improve the quality of your coffee. And don’t get one of those small battery or DC powered grinders with a little blade. That style of grinder bashes the beans to bits, and results in grounds that aren’t uniformly shaped. Besides, they are loud and will probably annoy your office mates. Small handheld grinder can be had for under $30, and will result in a much better grind. It will only take a couple of minutes, and putting in the extra work for your coffee will make you appreciate it even more.
- Skip the office coffee maker and use a french press. Who knows the last time that coffee maker had a good cleaning. A french press is cheap, it makes a great cup of coffee, and french presses come in single serve sizes. Read about it here. Some other great methods for making single serve coffee are an aeropress, or the pour over method.
- Make sure your water is the perfect temperature. The ideal temperature for brewing coffee is 195-205℉. Dialing in the perfect temperature, is one of the easiest ways to improve your coffee experience. Of course the Cauldryn Fyre can heat water to the exact temperature you desire, and then hold it at your perfect drinking temperature as long as you like.
- Use filtered water if possible. Coffee is over 98% water, so it has a huge impact on the taste. City water won’t hurt you, it will keep you hydrated, but it often doesn’t taste great. Most offices have water delivery or a filtered water service, so take advantage of that rather than the tap water. If you don’t have any of those things, just stash some small bottles of water in your desk. They’ll remind you to stay hydrated during the day, and you’ll have plenty of water for your coffee. Just don’t use distilled water, as distilled water lacks the minerals that contribute the the taste of the water and your coffee.
You don’t have to settle for bad office coffee. You really need 5 simple things to make great office coffee:
- Quality whole beans
- A small handheld grinder
- A french press
- A Cauldryn Fyre to brew at the perfect temperature
- Filtered or bottled water
Making your coffee this way requires a little more effort, but you’ll be rewarded with a superior cup of java. You’ll spend a little extra money on beans and equipment, but in the long run, it will be cheaper and better than the coffee in most coffee shops, and you’ll get the satisfaction of making it yourself.