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Basic rules on how to make a good cup of coffee

Updated on May 11, 2016

Most of us drink coffee every day. Sometime we pick up a cup of Joe at our favorite coffee shop or gas station but often we brew it ourselves, at home.

Over time, making the morning coffee becomes a routine, we do the same thing every single day without thinking that it may be different, better way.

Seven hundreds of coffee history taught us that a perfect Java is possible and here is how to make the best cup of coffee.

Start with fresh roasted coffee

Forget your grocery store, for this one you are going to buy from your local coffee roaster.Go to their store and smell the coffee, feel it in your hand and even chew different beans to find out the flavour you like.

Avoid the dark roast as this coffee loses its delicate aromas, instead get a medium or light roast that lets you get the full taste. This coffee is only few bucks more expensive then the one sold by the food chains. You need to find the one you like the best.

Get a good coffee maker

You’ll hear that yo can use any coffee maker to get the same result. This is simply not true. Not all coffee machines are made equal, some of them are better. You’ll need one that hits the water at 200 degrees and evenly spreads it over the coffee grounds.

Before brewing, make sure your coffee maker is clean.

Grind your coffee

Grind your beans as fine as you can for the type of coffee you make: medium to coarse for drip, percolator and french press, extra fine for espresso and turkish coffee. Also, grind only as much as you need and just before brewing.

Preparing the coffee

The coffee ratio to water is the next important step.

It is recommended to use 2 tablespoon for every cup of water. The more coffee, the stronger and flavorful the cup. If you use less you are more likely to waste the fresh roasted beans you just got. Water is also important if you want to make a perfect cup. If your water tastes bad then your need to filter it or buy bottled water.

When everything is done, you can add a teaspoon of sugar if you like to enhance aroma. But try not to use any sugar substitutes because they have their own taste and as your coffee is not going to be the same.

These are basic rules on how to make the best cup of coffee. But there’s more you can do.

Store your coffee in a air tight container to preserve its aroma. If possible, buy fresh roasted beans as often as you can, maybe two times a week. Do not boil the water if you make a pour over coffee, instead heat it just before the boiling point, when air bubbles are rapidly raising to the top.

Now that you learned how to make the best cup of coffee remember that the most important thing is to find the coffee blend you really like.


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      mathira 6 years ago from chennai

      I can smell the aroma of good coffee.

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      cameciob 6 years ago

      Bretsuki, great tip. I'll try this next time. maybe I'll do it with my iced coffee I use to make in the summer. Thanks for sharing.

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      cameciob 6 years ago

      BkCreative, you are so right about being engaged in the process. Coffee making sould be a ritual, like the tea ritual. And about the coffee....Is it just me or is getting harder and harder to find good coffee these days? Thanks for stopping.

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      cameciob 6 years ago

      Lenore, wow ...i never manage a black coffee. I love sugar :). But I'm going to try your salt trick next time. I know my mom puts salt in her coffee sometimes. Thanks for sharing.

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      cameciob 6 years ago

      Hi Peter...and thank you for reading my hub. I know some people do not drink strong coffee but, Peter, coffee is good strong.

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      William Elliott 6 years ago from California USA

      Sometimes a nice variation on coffee is Mexican coffee, you make a cup of cinnamon tea, and add this to the water you will be using to brew the coffee. Sort of like having a cinnamon roll with your coffee without the calories. :) It is a refreshing alternative.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So true - you do have to engage yourself in the process. And once you know what coffee is supposed to taste like you will never buy that useless stuff in the supermarket.

      Love love love your wonderful coffee hubs.

      Rated up!

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      Lenore Robinson 6 years ago from Delaware

      Great information, thanks CAMECIOB! I love my coffee black. No sugar, no nothing. Many years ago, I learned a tip from the owner of a 5-Star NY restaurant; a smidgeon of salt added to the coffee before brewing and always use filtered water. “Good to the last drop!”

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      Peter Owen 6 years ago from West Hempstead, NY

      Two tablespoons of coffee per cup of water is a bit strong for me. Even 1-1 is strong.

      good hub.

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      cameciob 6 years ago

      Bretsuki, thanks for stopping to my hub. I see you do drink a lot of coffee and to have a good coffee maker is important. I wrote a hub about, It is called 7 steps in buying a coffee maker. Good luck on your new purchase and thanks for commenting.

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      William Elliott 6 years ago from California USA

      Hello cameciob, I really liked this hub. I love coffee, and drink about three pots a day. Plus the occasional Starbucks or Seattles Best. I will be in the market for a new coffee maker soon, my present one is not as good as it once was. So your tips are very timely. Thanks,