How to Make Your Morning Coffee Taste Just Like Starbucks

It’s 5 a.m. You find yourself running a little low on energy. You know you need coffee but are dreading the long line and pricey coffee at Starbucks. So, you’ve decided to start making your own coffee at home instead. We have a few easy tips on how to make coffee like Starbucks right from your home. There are four key fundamentals to making your coffee that taste just as good as Starbucks.

girl holding a starbucks coffee
Girl holding a Starbucks coffee in the morning.

Coffee and Water Proportion

The best way to ruin your coffee is by using the incorrect proportion. As a general rule for coffee-making, you should use two tablespoons of ground coffee and six ounces of water. Too little coffee ground leads to an over-extracted and bitter brew. On the other hand, too much coffee ground leads to an under-extracted and bland brew. We don’t want either, and rather make the perfect brew. If we plan on making coffee at home, we must make sure that we are using the correct proportion to make the perfect flavorful coffee we’d love to enjoy each morning.

barista pouring the perfect cup of coffee using the creamer to make art
Barista pouring the perfect cup of coffee using the creamer to make art.

Grind & Brewing Techniques

There is no such thing as making coffee one way only. There are three main ways Starbucks brews their coffee. Each brewing method requires a different type of coffee grind. You should experiment and choose the brewing method that best suits you.

  • Coffee press is the most recommended method by coffee enthusiast, and for good reason. It’s believed that using a coffee press brews the most flavorful cup of coffee, that stays true to its bean flavor profile. This method requires a coarse grind.
  • The traditional coffee drip is a well-known method. It’s by far the most convenient since it’s automated and programmable. Often times, it’s as simple as a push of a button. This brewing method allows you to make multiple cups of coffee in a single brew and requires a medium grind.
  • Pour over is one of the less known methods but gives you the option to make your brew iced or hot. Unfortunately, only one single cup of coffee can be made at a time, but the end results make it worth it. This method requires a fine grind.

Water Quality Makes a Difference

98% of coffee is made up of water, so it only makes sense that the type of water you use hugely impacts your coffee. Steer free of tap water, and instead choose to use fresh water that is filtered or free of impurities. A reverse osmosis system in your home is a perfect example. Reverse osmosis water removes all contaminates in your water and dispenses water that is 99.99% pure.. It’s the purest form of water available and will go great with your morning coffee. This way you aren’t tasting anything extra besides the coffee itself.

coffee beans fresh in a bag ready to be brewed
Coffee beans fresh in a bag ready to be brewed.

Coffee Freshness

Fresh coffee grounds provide the best brew. Freshly grounded coffee releases the delicious flavor of the coffee beans. When you choose to store your coffee grounds, make sure you always store them in an airtight container at room temperate to keep coffee grounds fresh.

Coffee Bonus Tip

If you enjoy Starbucks coffee, it would make sense to purchase the products they use. This includes coffee beans, creams, and syrups. It’s one of the simplest ways to mimic Starbucks coffee straight from your home without paying that premium price.