10 Timeless Tips to a Perfect Cup of Coffee

Written by Jon Butt

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5. Grind It Up

Despiterepparttar fact that many store-bought coffees say "For All Coffeemakers," selectingrepparttar 137533 right grind for your coffee maker is key to crafting that perfect cup. A general guideline for grinds includes:

∑ Automatic drip: medium grind ∑ Plunger or French press: coarse grind ∑ Percolator: coarser grind ∑ Espresso maker: fine grind

6. What's in Your Water?

When it comes to coffee, fresh isrepparttar 137534 name ofrepparttar 137535 game and, believe it or not, fresh water will make a world of difference in every cup. Think about it: Since your coffee is 99% water, you'll want to make sure you chooserepparttar 137536 best tasting water you can find. Bottled, distilled, or purified water seems to dorepparttar 137537 trick for H2O-conscious countless coffee connoisseurs.

7. Measure It

To assure yourself of perfection every time, you'll want to make sure you spoon outrepparttar 137538 correct amount of coffee grinds. Of course, your personal taste preference should berepparttar 137539 ultimate judge, but a general rule of thumb is 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every six ounces of water.

8. Bling, Bling in Your Coffee?

While we're not talking diamonds or platinum, using gold (or stainless steel) mesh filters in your coffee maker will go a long way toward keeping your cup of coffee tasting great. Many paper filters release bleaches, chlorine, and dyes that can leave you with a bitter cup of coffee. If you must use paper, go with unbleached filters forrepparttar 137540 best results.

9. Brew It Up Right

A key to great tasting coffee every time is making sure your water is "offrepparttar 137541 boil"-a fancy term that simply means "not quite to boiling." To achieve this water temperature, bring your water to a boil and then let it cool down for few moments (195-205į F) and you'll assure yourself of a perfect cup every time.

10. Drink It Down in Style

Drink your freshly brewed, gourmet coffee in a glass or porcelain mug. Unless you likerepparttar 137542 bitter taste, avoid reheating your coffee in eitherrepparttar 137543 microwave or onrepparttar 137544 stove.

If you keep brewing with these ten timeless tips in mind, you're sure to find your cup runneth over with great tasting coffee every time!

Jon Butt is the host of The Coffee Guide, an innovative website dedicated to all things coffee. From beans to gourmet, espresso machines to coffee makers, espresso cups to just great tasting coffee

10 Tips For Grilling Perfect Seafood

Written by Shane Bryan

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6. So how long do I leave my fish onrepparttar grill? A good rule of thumb is about 10 minutes for every inch of thickness. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but your recipe should note this if that isrepparttar 137294 case. Fish is done when its color turns opaque and just begins to flake with a fork. A little underdone is better than overdone as your fish will continue to cook after taken offrepparttar 137295 grill.

7. Marinades are great to add additional flavor to fish. Marinade your fish for only 30-60 minutes before grilling. Because of their lack of connective tissue, fish absorbs marinades easily. Do not over marinade orrepparttar 137296 flavors may overpowerrepparttar 137297 flavor of your fish.

8. Do I need to baste my fish? When grilling, baste lean fish periodically with your favorite basting liquid or olive oil. This will help keeprepparttar 137298 fish from drying out. Basting is not really necessary with fattier fish but you may wish to do so for more flavor.

9. I love to grill with skewers. Lightly marinated shrimp are great! Use fairly large shrimp for this. Chunks of fish also work well as long as they are firm fleshed. Alternate with chunks of your favorite vegetables for great kebobs. If using wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes. This will keep them from burning up on your grill.

10. One last tip. Tired of your hands smelling like a tacklebox long after youíve washed your hands? Try rubbing some lemon juice on your hands. Then wash with soap and water. This will also help get rid of onion or garlic odors.

Grilling seafood isnít really very hard if you follow these tips. With a little practice you will be grilling perfect seafood in no time. Your stomach will thank you for it, as well as all your friends and family. So slap a nice fillet of salmon onrepparttar 137299 grill today.

This article was written by Shane Bryan, aka Chef Shane. Chef Shane has his own cooking site at http://chefshane.com Visit today for great recipes, cooking articles, food trivia, and much more. If it has anything to do with food you may find it here. http://chefshane.com.

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