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5. Grind It Up
Despite fact that many store-bought coffees say "For All Coffeemakers," selecting 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 is name of 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 choose best tasting water you can find. Bottled, distilled, or purified water seems to do 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 out correct amount of coffee grinds. Of course, your personal taste preference should be 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 for best results.
9. Brew It Up Right
A key to great tasting coffee every time is making sure your water is "off 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 (195-205° 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 like bitter taste, avoid reheating your coffee in either microwave or on 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