Is there really any bigger dream for the discerning java junkie than to create their own blend of coffee that has other coffee drinkers drooling with envy? While blending coffee often seems to be a complicated task, or even a difficult one, that couldn't be further from the truth. Luckily, all you need to do is now a couple of simple tricks, and keep in mind a one or two key elements. Once you have those down, you will be well on your way to blending coffee like a pro!
- Ground coffee. One of the more "traditional" methods for creating your own blend of coffee is to simply mix and match existing ground coffees. This method though can get a little messy, since the grounds will often spread everywhere with the slightest of breezes. When mixing ground coffee, you should use a coffee scoop or a large spoon to mix the grounds together. This is done by taking a scoop from one type of coffee and placing it into the container. You will then repeat with each of the other kinds of coffee. After you have placed each type of ground into the container, mix them all together so that you can get a nice even mixture (or blend) of the coffees. Repeat this process until you have filled your container with your own "special blend."
- Beans. Similar to the method used for mixing ground coffee, mixing unground coffee beans is a little easier, and less messy. The simplest way that I have found to do this is to do the initial stage while still at the store. Grab one of the bags that they offer to hold the unground coffee beans. Fill a little bit of the bag with beans of one of your favored types, and then go to another type of bean. In effect you will be creating "layers" of different kinds of coffee beans. Once you have filled the bag, pay for the coffee and go home. When at home, empty the bag into a large bowl and mix them all together. Once you have thoroughly blended the coffee, store the beans as you normally would.
- Contrasts. For the best kinds of coffee blends, you should go for contrasts. Nothing too extreme mind you, but contrasts none the less. For example you should mix some of the bolder flavors with those that are smooth, so you can create your own medium blend. Or if you really love flavored coffees, try mixing flavors like vanilla and hazelnut, or perhaps chocolate and mint for some unique and wonderful tastes.
- Experiment. While it is nice to follow some preexisting recipes for coffee blends, don't let yourself be limited to using those that you can find. The key to creating some truly wonderful and unique blends is to experiment. Try new things, and write them down so you don't forget the successful ones.