How to Brew Your Favorite Coffee

How to brew your favorite coffee

Coffee anyone?

Yes I am a coffee addict. I prefer brewed strong and black without sugar.

I started with instant coffee way back then when I was just 18, first year college, living in a dormitory. The first coffee I fell in love with is an instant coffee, because we are not allow to cook anything or brew at that place. Nescafe brand, almost everybody buys it anyway, so I am just following the mode. It is an instant coffee.

Times are also hard not only because the economy in the 1980s is not good, but also I am struggling with my studies. I am enrolled in an engineering course as a freshman and I am not inspired at all to study. Why? because I don’t like my course at all, I don’t want to become an engineer. I want to be something else. I want to study culture and society. Instead but I cant do anything because my parents would not agree to it. They say courses on social science are for bums. They say that there is no future in that field of study . I believe otherwise, so without them knowing I shifted my course to sociology. Those nights of thinking and being alone studying made me a coffee addict. When I cant sleep, I will get myself an instant coffee, of course the more I cant sleep anymore. Every morning upon waking up, I would brew me a coffee and then will sit down and I am ready for the day and keep going.

At nights some of my friends and I will be gathered to any branch of McDonalds and stay there to study by group and we all drink coffee continuously. The manager of the branch don’t bother at all as long as we order food and coffee. It is a good place to study and hangout specially at nights when there are lesser people eating and besides other food chains would not allow this so we just stay at McDonalds.

How to enjoy your coffee?

There is nothing like enjoying a cup of coffee specially during winter time. There is actually a debate going on whether coffee intake is damaging to ones health. Everything in moderation is recommended. For those of you who are not yet hooked to coffee, just try it: If you decide to join me then you can continue reading this otherwise join me later after I brew my coffee for the day.

Steps in making your coffee:

Choose which coffee you like instant or brewed coffee. Other friends I have they choose instant coffee because they are readily available and because they are busy they just need a hot coffee immediately, some bit of sugar and there they go sitting down and sipping their coffee. But I have a friend who likes it brewed, and so she has to brew it first, wait after brewing and the smell will tell her that it is done. She cant do anything unless she has a sip of brew every morning.

How to brew:

Decide which you like first, buying a roasted coffee already or you need to do the grinding and the roasting or just buy the readily available one in any stores.

Buying the coffee

If you want your coffee to be aromatic, choose the freshly roasted ones in the market, look at the expiration date. You also choose which one you like, the bigger the size of the grounds are the more it is less concentrated (bitter taste).

Don’t stock your coffee, buy them every three weeks at the most. You need to decide what will you use, pot, filter cone drip or gold mesh, and look for the roast which is compatible to the equipment. After brewing, don’t add any water again and brew it again. The aroma and the taste will be a little off if you do this.

The equipment

You need to clean the coffee equipment so that it will not have a bad smell (left over smell). Make sure that your equipment is cleaned preferably clean it after every using it making it dry with a towel.

A general guideline is 3 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 8 ounces of water. This is recommended buy it is you who will decide if this is alright for you.

If you are going to use the drip filter, you need to brew it for 8 minutes, for pot it should be five minutes, and if you want espresso 30 seconds to 1 minute.

You need to decide for yourself what suit your own tastes, so it means it needs trial and error, until the time you can prefect the taste you want, it and then you can do it with a blink of an eye.

After brewing your coffee, you are now ready to take the sip. For me, I sit down, smell it and say to myself, what a wonderful life and day, and my day begins with a sip of coffee, until I return and have my second serving again.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

I'm with you all the way with black coffee and no sugar! My preference/switch of black coffee came whilst camping on the Connecticut River years ago when I was a camp counselor in New Hampshire. I woke up at 6 AM one morning on an island on the Connecticut River to find two counselors chatting happily over cups of coffee. I went and grabbed my steel mug and walked over to where they were at the fire and sat down. "Where's the cream and sugar?" I asked them after I pour myself a cup of fresh percolated coffee. The two female counselors began to laugh at me. Well, for the next three days, I evolved into a black coffee drinker...I wouldn' t have it any other way! Thanks again!

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US Author

thanks dohn for dropping by again, am inviting you for a brew, even if Yankees lost for its first game!

ralwus 7 years ago

Haha, addicted huh? Good for you on changing your vocation. I like Columbian done in my French Press. Then I can have sex all day.

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US Author

hi ralwus, is that an aphrodisiac? thanks for dropping by!

George Black 7 years ago

Thanks for the info. I'm a big coffee drinker!

"rate up"!

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myownworld 7 years ago from uk

mmm....looove coffee too (wish we could meet up for one!)...great hub as always and helpful tips! thanks for sharing x

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US Author

thanks beautiful for dropping by, yes I would love to sit down and have coffe with you...

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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

Another coffee-drinker here. There was a time when I couldn't work without drinking a cup three times a day! And that was instant! Now I still drink instant (coffee beans here are kinda expensive) but whenever I can, I go for brewed coffee. Starbucks mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

I start every day with a short black Arabica coffee then an espresso when I start work. Prefer beer in the evenings though!

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US Author

oh, Arabica is nice. like that one too! beer, hmmm i drink the mexican beer Corona,(lots of them here in TX, USA) which is the almost the same taste as San miguel beer in the Philippines

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US Author

to emievil, thanks for reading this, and one day we are going to have a coffee together, will invite you to taste my brewed coffee, will make one for ya!

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Helen Cater 7 years ago from UK

I had a coffee maker for my Birthday and had to stop using it for a while as I became so adicted to it. I love coffee and would drink it all day long, but for the headaches I get. Great hub Prettydarkhorse.

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Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

Use to be addicted to it like crazy -- 10 restaurant pots a day!!! Then, I quit cold turkey. After 15 years of not drinking it, I had my first cup last year. I'm hooked, but not in the same way. I can live with one cup a week. Ah, but it has to be a Starbucks! :)

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US Author

Hi Helen, thanks for dropping by, and would be glad to have a coffee with you, am learning to cut back also on ym coffee intake but then it is going to be winter again, I need it.

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US Author

to beth100: oh you were an addict ones, starbucks is a little bit expensive, good for you, because you cut back on your drinking, anything in moderation is good. thnbaks beth for reading this one.

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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

prettydarkhorse, thanks, I'm looking forward to that brewed coffee :).

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dotaxia 7 years ago from Phillipines

Im a coffee addict too ü Nescafe coffee smells good too!

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US Author

hi dotaxia, thanks for dropping by, i love Nescafe too if I cant have the time to brew.

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Jane@CM 7 years ago

I love my coffee! I will admit I'm a coffee snob, after being in Maui and trying real Kona, I was HOOKED! Nothing better than fresh ground Kona coffee :)

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US Author

I love to taste that one too Kona, is it available at stores anywhere in the US? thanks for dropping by.

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resspenser 7 years ago from South Carolina

I drink a couple of pots of brewed coffee a day. Maxwell House is my brand of choice. I have to add a little cream to mine.

Enjoyed the hub and get yourself a Bunn coffee pot. Water stays hot and it makes the coffee, pronto!

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US Author

yes, I will do that....thanks for dropping by, I will gather everybody at HP and then we will have a coffee party

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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Ahh! Coffee! My day starts with instant coffee which I make with all milk. Brewed coffee comes later, no time, must have coffee now!!!!!

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US Author

hi....hmmm, we are the same then, only for me it is brewed coffee, thanks for dropping by earnest,

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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

When I get going in the morning I want my coffee now !.. I splurged on a Kuerig which uses prepackaged cups of pressure-sealed coffee...My favorite kick-starter is the Jet Fuel brand, followed by Kenya AA and a robust Sumatran...

Want to impress your friends when having them over for coffee or whatever..? Take a handful of coffee beans, spread them on a cookie sheet, and roast them in the oven at around 300 degrees...The aroma is amazing as it floats through your home...Thanks for this interesting Hub...Larry

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US Author

hi Larry, I will try what you said about putting the beans in the oven and roasting it, hmmm, I can imagine the smell now, hmmm I will get me a brew now, thanks for dropping by! Maita

Michael N. 7 years ago

I love everything about coffee, including your article. My preference is Kona, but it is hard to find... and expensive when I do... so I usually get Columbian coffee. Those are my two favorites and it turns out they are both from the same variety of coffee plant! I use a drip machine with a gold filter for convenience but prefer my French press. Lately I have been experimenting with an Italian "Moka" stovetop espresso pot. So far I like half "espresso" and half regular drip coffee. Not sure if it is an aphrodisiac... I would explore that more, but I am happily married. My wife is the best aphrodisiac, but coffee may come in second. =0)

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US Author

oh, you like coffee like me, Columbian coffee are the best they say, can I have a taste of your mix espresso and coffee, hmmm that sounds yummy!I am sure you dont need aphrodisiac! hmmm...

thanks for dropping by Michael!

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Niteriter 7 years ago from Canada

No Starbucks for me; no sir! As soon as I figure out how to travel over this internet thing I'll be dropping around for a mug of whatever it you're brewing. Cheers!

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US Author

hi niteriter, cmon down here, have a cup of coffee and beer too, thanks for reading this one! Maita

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Micky Dee 7 years ago

I love the espresso. There is some debate about the potency of espresso vs regular. Some barristas say that espresso doesn't have the caffeine that regular has. I tend to agree. I don't feel "jacked up" on espresso like I do on regular.

Any comment?

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US Author

hi Mickey Dee, I think espresso are thicker than the normal one, \In contrast to other coffee brewing methods, espresso often has a thicker consistency, a higher concentration of dissolved solids, and crema.

As a result of the pressurized brewing process, all of the flavors and chemicals in a typical cup of coffee are very concentrated. For this reason, espresso is the base for other drinks, such as lattes, cappuccino, macchiato and mochas.(thast what I have read about it, I dont go for espresso)

hmmm, you are a coffee drinker like me,

thnaks for the read, have a good day, Maita

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Patti Ann 7 years ago from Florida

I am hooked on the dark coffees - lately it has been the French Roast varieties. I am drinking my sixth cup right now.

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US Author

hi Patti, yes I like black too, wow, sixth already hmmmm, I can drink only two to three times a day, how are you Patti Ann? Maita

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Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

I am a Starbucks person; enjoyed reading your article

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US Author

hi coolmon, nice of you to drop by, Thanks, Maita

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loveofnight 6 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

i'm having a few cups right now.

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

thank you love, Maita

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Rusty C. Adore 6 years ago from Michigan

I am also a coffee addict! I met my husband in college and he wasn't a coffee drinker at the time. I told him that I would turn him into one. Three years later he's addicted. ;)

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