Coffee is still king in Australia, with industry revenue forecast to increase by 2.4 per cent to $4.3 billion in 2014-15. This is according to research from IBISWorld, which suggest the nation's demand for quality coffee is as strong as ever.
Whether you're about to undergo barista training, are already working within the coffee industry or simply want to perfect your skills of coffee making at home, there's always something new to learn about brewing the perfect cup. Here are our tips to help you create the best coffee possible.
1. Use fresh beans
The quality of your coffee beans is essential to brewing the perfect cup, according to the National Coffee Association USA. You should buy freshly roasted coffee in small amounts to keep it as fresh as possible. Ideally, you want to buy new coffee every week or two. If you buy beans whole, grind them immediately before brewing.
2. Check your water
The water used in your coffee can make or break how it tastes. If your tap water has a strong odour or taste, consider using filtered or bottled water when brewing your coffee. Only use cold water and keep the ratio consistent between coffee and water.
3. Watch your brewing time
The length of time your coffee spends exposed to water can dramatically alter its taste. If you're using a drip system, keep the contact time to around five minutes, and decrease this if you're using a plunger. Espresso coffee should be in contact with water for no more than 30 seconds. If your brew time is too long, it will result in overextraction.
4. Take a course
William Angliss Institute offers a range of courses to help you become the barista you've always dreamed of. Start out with the ABC of Espresso Making, which teaches you how to master the art of espresso extraction and texturing milk, along with making drinks such as a latte, cappuccino and flat white.
Move on to the Advanced Espresso course to learn more about the setting the grinder and the ins and outs of coffee bean production. Impress your friends with the Milk Texturing and Coffee Art course, where you'll learn how to consistently texture milk and master advanced pouring techniques. Along with that, you'll get the skills you need to free-pour coffee art to create beautiful floral designs in coffee for all your loved ones.