It’s aeons since making coffee meant grabbing a jar of Nescafe and popping the seal. These days, the provenance of your coffee beans is as important as the label on your wine. But once you’ve invested in your ingredients, how do you make sure you achieve the best brew possible? We asked Tim Williams, coffee guru at Workshop Coffee Co., to share his top tips.
“It seems obvious, but without good coffee as a starting point, there’s very little even the best barista can do to produce a great cup,” says Tim. Be sure to buy from a coffee-roasting company or specialist coffee retailer if you can. Check for a ‘roasted on’ date and at least some information about the farm or region the coffee is from. A country of origin is not enough. “Likewise, grinding your coffee fresh, just before you brew with it, will make a staggering difference to the quality in the cup. You’ll regret not having done it before.” Finally, “invest in an AeroPress, ” says Tim.