Coffee break

By at home

With winter upon us, there’s nothing quite like sipping on a mug of steaming, hot coffee to really warm yourself up. Whether you love cappuccinos or can’t get enough of caramel lattes, the perfect cup of coffee is somewhat of an art. at home spoke to Starbucks‘ coffee expert, Laurence Winch on how to create the most immaculate brew at home…

From the classic Americanos and flat whites, to scrumptiously sweet toffee nut lattes and white chocolate mochas, coffee mornings with the girls can really brighten up dull days. And if you’ve always wanted to know how to achieve that smooth, rich taste of coffee from the comfort of your own home, then you’ve come to the right place. The at home team asked coffee ambassador for Starbucks UK, Laurence Winch, for his top tips on creating the perfect cup of coffee – cafetieres (Starbucks have one for £12.95, pictured below!) and coffee beans at the ready!

  1. When storing coffee, avoid: heat, moisture, sunlight, and air. It’s a common misconception that you should store coffee in the fridge – you should in fact keep it in an air tight container in a cupboard.
  2. Keep coffee for no longer than a week. This will ensure that the beans keep their freshness, and every cup tastes great.
  3. Use fresh filtered water to remove any impurities. Using tap water can taint the taste of the coffee.
  4. The ideal temperature for the water is 93°C – water that’s too hot burns the coffee.
  5. For an 8-cup caffetiere, use 50g of ground coffee to 32 fl oz of water. This will ensure that the coffee is the correct strength, and isn’t too strong or too watery.
  6. Leave the coffee to brew for four minutes before plunging down. This is the perfect amount of time for the coffee to flavour the water, meaning that you’ll get a great tasting cup of coffee each time.

What is your coffee of choice? Tell us in the comments below!

For more top coffee tips, follow Laurence Winch on Twitter or check out his blog at

Picture kindly from here

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