Home- brewed cof­fee like a pro

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - R. AGE - By LIM MAY LEE fb.com.my/thes­tarRAGE

SURE, baris­tas seem to have it easy. They have all the fancy equip­ment they need. That’s the only way to guar­an­tee great cof­fee, right?

Not true, said Malaysia Barista champ Keith Koay, 24, be­fore shar­ing some point­ers on mak­ing world- class cof­fee right in your own home.

Sur­prise, sur­prise, you don’t have to spend a bomb on a slick ma­chine!

“Ma­chines are the sec­ondary el­e­ment to good cof­fee,” said Koay. “It all boils (# punny) down to skill and good beans.”

“Cof­fee is es­sen­tially beans and wa­ter, so bad beans equal bad cof­fee,” he said mat­ter- of- factly.

Good beans don’t have to be rocket science, ei­ther.

“It’s re­ally just beans that are freshly-roasted and well- stored,” he said. “And most im­por­tantly, it has to be some­thing that you like.”

You don’t have to splash out on a cof­fee maker, but there is a key piece of equip­ment you need to en­sure you get great cof­fee – a grinder.

“Just like any other in­gre­di­ent, fresh­ness is im­por­tant,” he said. “So freshly- ground beans would give you the best re­sults. But elec­tric grinders can be ex­pen­sive. In­vest in a man­ual grinder in­stead!”

For cof­fee ad­dicts on a bud­get, Koay rec­om­mends fil­ter cof­fee. Cheap and easy, it’s the best bang for your buck.

“It’s the cheap­est op­tion and re­quires the least has­sle to make in the morn­ing, but will still give you qual­ity cof­fee,” he said, be­fore giv­ing it the ul­ti­mate pro stamp of ap­proval: “It’s some­thing I do my­self when­ever I’ve got work early in the morn­ing!”

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