How to make coffee at home like a pro

Alexandra Istrate

How to make coffee at home like a pro
The year 2020 was not the most beloved, but now that it is over, we can focus on receiving the good things that will come with this new beginning! After all the insecurity offered by this period, one thing that stands still is the brew guide we have prepared for you.

3 Things to Know about Viennese Roast

1. Characterized by a dark roasting

Viennese roasts are those dropped in the early moments of the second crack when oil has just begun to migrate to bean surfaces.

While the primary cause of the first crack is the buildup of steam pressure, the accumulation of CO2 is the main reason why the second crack occurs. Just before or after the onset of a second crack, oils appear on the surface of coffee beans - almost all roasters would regard this as an objective indicator of a dark roast. At this point, they are usually a darker color compared to full city roasts for example, and a bit shinier from the release of oils.

2. Bittersweet aroma

In the cup: besides the bittersweet aroma, the coffee embraces a caramelly, pungent, and often nutty or spicy taste - characterized by a heavy, syrupy body.

3. The standard roast degree offered by Starbucks

Have you ever wondered what roasting degree is used for the famous Starbucks coffee?

Well, the answer is Viennese. This roasting level is seen as the “crowd-pleaser”, along with full city roast.

Critics contend that a lighter roast highlights a bean’s uniqueness, while a full city or darker roast blunts too much of a coffee’s acidity and delicacy. But when it comes to coffee, it's all about personal tastes and preferences.

To make the right decision when choosing your coffee according to its degree of roasting, we have added to this list another important thing to know about Viennese roasting.

4.* Loss of aroma

Roasted beans gradually lose aroma during storage through outgassing. Darker roasts, with their weaker and more porous cellulose structures, lose aromatics more quickly than lighter roasts do.

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Ibrik Recipe

The next check we put on our list is for Ibrik (or Cezne)

Ibrik is one of the most popular methods of making coffee. A cup of coffee made from an ibrik is famous for its aroma and concentration. The ibrik is made of copper, but can also be made of stainless steel or ceramic.

  1. The coffee must be ground as finely as possible, similar to powder in consistency.
  2. Pour cold water into the ibrik together with the freshly ground coffee so that it remains at least one centimeter free under the neck of the ibrik (the narrowest part) and mix with a teaspoon.
  3. Boil on an average heat source for about 1-2 minutes until the first circle of cream appears, at which point the heat source is reduced to a minimum.
  4. Follow the slow growth of the cream (fine texture, without large bubbles) until it reaches in an uniform layer the top of the ibrik. Be careful not to boil.
  5. It is removed from the heat source and let to sit for about 30-45 sec.
  6. Put a teaspoon of cream in each cup and pour the coffee carefully.
  7. Let it sit for a few minutes and enjoy.

Our recommendation is not to add sugar to it, to feel the natural aroma of coffee, but if you like the taste, it is best to use brown sugar which should be added from the beginning, in cold water.


P.S. For each brewing method you choose, you need a qualitative, freshly roasted, and aromatic coffee.


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