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Brewing the Best Cup of Coffee

Updated on January 20, 2011

Does Coffee Really Taste Better at the Diner?

Classic Diner Coffee Mugs
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Tips on Making Best Cup of Coffee

Weekends when you like to relax at home and don't feel like venturing out to your favorite coffee house take the time to make yourself a great cup of java. It's not hard and here are some tips to making the best tasting coffee yourself.

Making the best cup of coffee requires simple ingredients; water and coffee beans. The best tasting cup of coffee starts with fresh roasted coffee beans and filtered water. Also, the equipment you use and the process will make a difference. Let’s start with the bean.

Coffee Beans that Suite Your Taste

You may think all coffee beans are created equal, wrong. First off, coffee beans require unique environments to be grown, so only certain parts of the world grow them. You have many choices of coffee bean types from a range of countries, each producing their own taste. What’s the best tasting coffee bean? To start with a fresh roasted one, and then the debate begins as to which region produces the best gourmet bean. Also the type of roast from light to dark is more personal appeal. Like wine, there is no better type over the over - it's a matter of what you like.

Purchase coffee as soon after it has been roasted as possible. When you buy grocery coffee you really don’t know how long it’s been there and avoid buying large amounts unless you consume lots of coffee. Ideally you should purchase your coffee fresh every 1-2 weeks. Coffee beans are a perishable item which begin to loose flavors if not stored properly or used quickly after roasting.

Good Water: The Other Ingredient

The water you use is basic to the quality of your coffee. If your tap water has a bad smell or taste to it, use filtered or bottled water instead. Be sure to use cold water. Do not use distilled or softened water.

The Brewing Process: From Simple to Sophisticated

The equipment you use to make a cup of coffee can make a difference and keeping it clean after each use will avoid a bitter, rancid flavor to future cups of coffee. Clean up used grounds that are sure to collect on the equipment and the build-up of coffee oil. Using water and a paper towel wipe is ideal.

There are many choices of coffee makers from the simple french press to expensive grind to brew complete coffee machines. Without distracting from the high-end benefits of the coffee maker, it good to note you can still make a great cup of coffee with the very inexpensive french press. The choice is yours and regardless of budget, good cleaning skills will still matter in proper care of your coffee equipment.

Grind it Out!

Grinding coffee beans before brewing is the best. If you don’t have a coffee grinder it is important to match the grind type your machine. When grinding before brewing don’t underestimate the importance of the size of the grind to the taste of your coffee. If your coffee tastes bitter, it may be ground too fine. On the other hand, if your coffee tastes bland, the grind is too coarse. Before brewing the coffee, try rubbing some of the grounds between your fingers so that you can 'feel' the grind and become acquainted with the differences in size. Never reuse your coffee grounds, sorry you only get one brewing per grind.

If you are grinding your Coffee Bean here are some suggestions:

  • Coarse: 5-10 seconds, typically used with percolators.
  • Medium: 10 seconds, used for the French press and drip coffee makers
  • Fine: 15 seconds, use for vacuum method equipment less common in the United States.
  • Extra fine: 25-30 seconds, used by espresso machines.

Measuring Coffee Beans to Water

A general guideline is 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every six ounces of water. This can be adjusted to suit individual taste preferences. Be sure to check the 'cup' lines on your brewer to see how they actually measure.

Your brewer should maintain a water temperature between 195 - 205 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal brewing. Brewing should take between four and five minutes and if brewed at a lower temperature this will not bring out the full flavor in the beans, while a higher a temperature could “burn” the bean leaving a bitter brew. If you are brewing the coffee manually, let the water come to a full boil, but do not over-boil. Take it off the burner and allow the water to rest a minute before pouring it over the grounds.

Relax and Enjoy in the Best Coffee Cup

A hot cup of coffee in a ceramic mug is the best! Yes, a coffee mug will add to the taste, or more importantly, by not adding any taste of it’s own such. Ceramic mugs are not porous such as plastic, Styrofoam, or paper cups. Metal is okay, but they don’t hold the heat like those classic Diner mugs which helps preserves the flavor. These mugs are also reusable so they’re environmentally friendly too. If you will not be drinking your coffee right away, avoid leaving coffee on electric burner for longer than 15 minutes. Coffee is meant to be served right after being brewed.

Coffee brewed from freshly roasted beans, ground before brewing and served in a classic diner mug, doesn’t taste any better!

You can shop here for fresh roasted coffee direct for a local coffee roaster. And we have the ideal coffee mugs to enjoy your brew.


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