Live Local! report
Customers often tell Brigitte Whitaker, owner of Brew D’Licious in St. Petersburg, that when they make coffee at home, it just doesn’t taste the same as the coffee they have at her shop, even when they use the same beans. What gives? We went straight to the source and asked Whitaker for the scoop.
“It’s not all about the beans,” she tells us. Great beans define the flavor, but there are more factors that come into play, she says.
But let’s start with the beans. Local ones are likely to be fresher, since they are roasted in smaller quantities. To find the right bean for you, follow your nose and choose one that smells the best.
“We encourage sniffling!” says Whitaker, who serves St. Petersburg-based No Name Java at her shop at 667 Central Ave. Once you find the right bean, she says, there are other things to consider.
BEYOND THE BEANS
The grind: The finer the grind, the stronger the coffee, Whitaker says. So depending on your coffeemaker, you will need the proper grind. You can get your beans ground at the shop, but Whitaker suggests getting a grinder for that great coffee smell. But don’t spend a fortune on one. A simple Braun or Krups works fine, Whitaker says.
Coffeemaker: Professional ones brew coffee at 195-200 degrees. Most coffeemakers at home? Lukewarm at best. A percolator or French press is best, she says.
Water: Bottled or distilled is the way to go, Whitaker tells us.Tap water isn’t so great for your machine and depending on what your city puts in the water, it might not be so great for you, either.
Labels: Avoid coffee that’s on a store shelf with an expiration date. It likely has chemicals you don’t want in your body. Whitaker says.