It’s a Saturday morning, you don’t need to rush off to work and so you can finally take the time to immerse yourself in that morning coffee routine. You get out your coffee maker with the eager anticipation of a memorable cup, brew your coffee, and sit back to enjoy the reward of your labours. But as soon as you have the first sip your heart sinks as you realise something is off. Maybe you got the grind size wrong, maybe you over or under-extracted the coffee. It doesn’t really matter what. Something is off, and it doesn’t taste quite right. The only thing that is memorable about this cup is how disappointed it makes you feel.
Unfortunately, as coffee lovers this experience can happen more often that we would like to admit. In fact if you take your coffee seriously then it is a given that the road to mastering any brewing method will be through a string of imperfect and disappointing cups of brew. The truth is that brewing good coffee is an art that requires careful precision and easily malfunctions.
But while there is no silver bullet to a perfect cup every time, there are plenty of pitfalls which will guarantee a less than perfect coffee. We have compiled this list to highlight what we have found to be the most common enemies to that memorable cup.
So hopefully you have been able to see that while we believe home brewing is the way to go, it is also a real art and science that does take time and experience to progress. And really the point of this article is not to discourage you with the pitfalls but to warn and inform you so that you can really up your coffee game through changes that are often surprisingly easy! As always we would love to hear from you. Have you experienced (as we have) any of these brewing mistakes? Are there other mistakes you would add to the list?