What's the difference between a good cup of coffee and a bad one? Or rather what is the difference between a good cup of coffee and a great cup of coffee? The answer- a great cup of coffee has a pleasant lingering after taste! (because if you don't know now you know)
These were the truths about coffee I had the pleasure of learning last week Monday during my Zomato Tastes Truth masterclass. The now famous coffee house on Buitenkant street acts as a store front for the company's signature roasted beans. It is within these walls - which made me feel like Charlie in the Chocolate (Coffee?) Factory - that we got to witness the magic behind a great cup of coffee, and it's magic mixed with some good ole fashion science and a world renowned barista behind the coffee machine.
Here are the top ten facts and tips that coffee guru David Donde schooled us in:
There is no correlation between bitterness and a strong cup of coffee.
There are over 1400 flavonoids and volatiles (chemical elements/ compounds) in coffee beans.
Don't store coffee in the fridge but rather in a cool dark area.
Freshly roasted coffee stays fresh for up to four weeks.
Invest in a good grinder.
Pale crema means the coffee has been under extracted, tan crema is the result of perfect extraction and black crema means the coffee has been burnt.
The perfect coffee has a light microfoam on top.
You should be able to drink coffee immediately, it should never be piping hot.
Flat whites are a subset of cappuccinos.
You only get one shot at steaming milk, it cannot be re-steamed.
For the perfect plunger coffee:
Measure 60g of coffee for every litre of water, add cold water to the coffee to make a 'mud' and top with hot water and let sit for 3-4 minutes. Plunge and serve.
My top coffee choice at Truth is their almond milk latte! So far it is the best in the city - now ain't that the Truth!
Address: 36 Buitenkant St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
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Friday 7am - 10pm and
Sunday 8am -2pm