January 29 2015

I rarely got out for coffee in Doha, not that I have an aversion to coffee but, because I could never find a good one. Serving burned coffee in lava temperature seems to be the norm here, so when got invited to the art of coffee-making at Jones The Grocer, I jumped at the opportunity to learn what makes a good coffee.

Speaking to their resident barista, Rammani Dawadi, I got a few tips on what makes a good coffee. These tips will help us know what to ask for the next time we order a cuppa.

1. Coffee Starts With Good Quality Coffee Bean.

There are so many varieties of coffee beans, but when it comes to our daily brew, there are two primary types cultivated for drinking: Arabica and Robusta. 70 percent of the coffee, you find in the supermarket is Robusta, while Arabica beans are harvested twice a year. Arabica are also planted at 1,200 sea level, which is the ideal temperature when growing a coffee tree. When possible, ask for Arabica coffee beans since the quality is far greater, and it also bass less caffeine (ideal for brewing).

2. Buy Fresh Coffee and Grind It Close to Brewing.

Using fresh coffee beans is what makes a good coffee essentially. When you buy coffee beans, keep it fresh by storing it in an airtight container. Grind your coffee beans within minutes of brewing to keep it fresh and robust. If this is not an option, buy good quality ground coffee and store it in an airtight container to seal its freshness.

3. Use Good Water at the Right Temperature. 

Tap water contains chlorine (a lot when you live in Doha-explains the hair loss). Use filtered water instead and if you are a true coffee snob, use spring water. Getting the right water temperature is the most important factor in getting the right flavor. The proper brewing temperature is 90-95 degrees Celsius.

4. Steam Milk at the Right Temperature.

Burned milk is the most frustrating part for me when ordering coffee. The correct milk temperature is 142 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Tapping the base of the milk pitcher firmly on the countertop compresses the foam and makes for the silky finish. If you want to be healthy, use soy milk as an alternative or 2% milk.

5. Cut Down on Sugar.

Too much sugar in anything is bad for you period. Ramami drinks his coffee without sugar and so do I. You want to taste the full flavor of coffee and not to overpower it with sugar. Arabica coffee beans tend to have a sweeter tones of sugar, fruits, and berries. Try to reduce your sugar half a teaspoon at a time if you can’t go cold turkey.

Hope this was somewhat enlightening for you guys as it was for me. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

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