Anyone can bloom coffee right at home. Why would you want to bother blooming your ground coffee? Well once you do it, it will be hard not to go back! The taste is like no other, however, the intensity of the taste and aroma is in the "freshness" of your beans.
How to craft a smooth, non bitter, full-bodied coffee instead of a bitter or murky cup of JOE is first knowing how the process works which is called the coffee "bloom".
What makes coffee bloom?
When green coffee beans are roasted, during the the intense roasting process carbon dioxide is released and the bean's aroma and taste get trapped. After the roasting, the gases begin to release, however, not until the beans are bloomed can that flavor and aroma be unlocked. This process is referred to as degassing.
The next key blooming process occurs when hot water touches the freshly ground coffee. This will unlock the intense aroma and taste of the beans. Although it is a simple process, this is the point where most coffee enthusiasts pay particular attention.
What can I use to bloom my coffee?
If you When I first learned about blooming, I only had a coffee maker, measuring cup,, thermometer and microwave. (Don't cringe!) I was so eager to try it, I went home, poured 2 ounces of water in a glass measuring cup, heated for 2 minutes, took the temperature -set at 200, got MY fresh beans and went at it with my coffee maker!
For the fear I may loose some readers, I now have a goose-neck variable temp. kettle (which I love)! Makes a great gift!
You can bloom your coffee using a variety of methods: drip, pour over, Aero Press or French Press and others. It really is just preference. I use drip and pour-over more often. There are a few tools that come in handy; a thermometer, measuring cup, a timer and for those die-hard Bloomers, a scale and kettle.
Again, this is actually SIMPLE. Takes a little time but worth it.
Blooming Basics 101 - Pour Over Method, French Press, Drip
There are many techniques as many coffee aficionados will tell you, however, but we've outlined a few basic techniques. Just to note: when I am use the drip or pour over method in the mornings. I keep closely to the same routine. (Manageable in the mornings)
No matter your brewing technique, with fresh roasted and ground coffee, I guarantee that you will notice a better taste in your cup if you follow a simple coffee blooming technique.
Don't be afraid! Experiment with soak times and other techniques that works best for YOU because is Coffee is an adventure!
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