Most people, myself included, look forward to that first cup of coffee every morning. If you have no idea how to make a good cup of coffee than your only recourse is to head off to the deli or one of those high priced places. You can make a good cup of coffee yourself for mere pennies a cup, a far cry from the $1, $2 or even $3 those other places charge. Learn to make a cup of coffee you can really look forward to by following these simple directions.
To make a great cup of coffee you need to start with great coffee beans
Don’t believe for one second that you’ll be able to make a good cup of coffee with run of the mill supermarket pre-ground coffee. If you’ve never tasted a cup of coffee made from freshly ground beans than you really have no idea what a good cup of coffee is. I’m sorry to say that, but it really is true.
Find a good whole bean coffee and grind it yourself. You will of course need a coffee grinder but this is a small investment and well worth it if you want to make a good cup of coffee.
Make sure you grind the beans to the size recommended by the manufacturer of the machine you intend to use. A French press requires a different grind than a percolator or a drip coffee machine. A burr grinder will allow you to choose the grind size, a mill grinder will not. This is a very important step to make a good cup of coffee.
Now that the beans are ground we need some water. You can use any water even tap water. It doesn’t have to be distilled or spring water. If the water in your area is bad than you might need to do this.
It’s very important to heat the water to 190 – 205 degrees, as this is the temperature that will extract the best and most flavor from the beans without causing any bitterness. If the machine you plan to use can’t reach this temp than you simply cannot make a good cup of coffee. I don’t care what the box claims.
By far the French press is the best way to make a cup of coffee, as the grinds will steep in the water for a few minutes. A drip style machine allows the water to pass through too fast. If you want to make a cup of coffee you’ll be proud of invest in this inexpensive machine.
Once the coffee has finished brewing it’s very important to not keep the coffee on the heating pad for more than 5 minutes, after this time the coffee will start to develop bitterness. By the way, this is why the first cup always tastes the best. Remove the coffee from the pot and put it into an insulated carafe.
So, to summarize, to make a good cup of coffee you’ll need the following
- Great whole coffee beans
- A burr grinder with multiple settings
- A French press
- A carafe
Investing in these items will allow you to make a good cup of coffee every time!
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