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How to Make a Great Pot of Coffee

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How To Make Great Coffee Start With Very Hot Water


Is your coffee so tasty that you always reach for that second cup? If not, I have some tips on how to make a perfect cup. It's easy to make great coffee, but there are a few secrets to the process. I will share these simple secrets with you.

The first step to making a good pot of coffee is having the right coffee maker. A good cup of coffee starts with a good coffee maker. All coffee makers are not created equal. I am sure you are thinking that I am promoting a certain coffee maker, I am not. I will leave the choice of coffee maker up to you. I hope to provide the one key element you need to know about coffee makers. You simply need a coffee maker that produces very hot water. The hotter the water the better the steep of the coffee grind. If the maker does not produce very hot water, it will not brew a tasty cup of coffee. So, before purchasing a coffee maker do your homework, read reviews, talk to friends. There are some great coffee makers on the market that aren't costly and do produce the hot steep to produce a great pot of coffee.

The second important thing to consider before making a pot of coffee is choosing the coffee bean and choosing your personal roast. Quality coffee can only come from a quality coffee bean that has been properly roasted. The process of roasting a coffee bean is complex and can result in a coffee bean tasting very different depending on how it is roasted. If you desire a strong intense flavor to your coffee, choose a dark roast ( French Roast). If you like a light flavor less intense flavor, choose a lighter roast. Always use coffee beans. Coffee loses its flavor quickly after being ground. Grinding just before you brew will assure you that none of the flavors is lost due to the beans shelve life.

Here is the comes a tricky part, but the most important part of making a good cup of coffee. There are two things that can really ruin coffee. Number one, how much coffee you add per cup, and two not grinding the bean to suit your particular coffee maker. Most coffee makers will come with instructions on how much coffee you should add per cup. Actually, the coffee makers are usually pretty right on in regard to how much coffee should be used per cup. But, everyone has a different coffee strength they prefer. So I suggest making a pot as the coffee maker instructs. Then if it is too strong or too weak, you can then work on the amount of coffee measurement per cup to suit your taste.


The Grind

The Coffee makers will, as a rule, suggest what level of grind that works well with their given product. I have found that if one likes a rich cup of coffee, a bit on the strong side, grind your beans a medium grind. The gives the hot water a bit of steeping time. If you like a bit weaker, grind your coffee fine, the coffee maker will send the water through quickly, giving a smooth bit of a weaker cup.

Always use cold filtered water when brewing coffee. Filtering the water will remove impurities that could affect the taste. Poor quality water can come from a variety of sources. Example, the older house will have older pipes. Theses pipes tend to give the water an off flavor. You will want to remove this by filtering. The basic rule is the better the water, the better the coffee.

Skip the paper filters and go for the gold. Yes, these are 23k Gold plated stainless steel filters. Paper filters will influence the flavor of the coffee in a negative manner. The Gold plated filters influence the flavor by allowing natural oils to infiltrate into your brew, adding a level of flavor and aroma you won't find with paper coffee filters. Another plus is that these filters can be reused over and over, and will last a very long time. Not only will your coffee taste better, but you will be helping the environment by saving on waste.


The correct amount of coffee grounds to water is important.

The number of coffee grounds to water will depend on personal taste. I like a slightly strong cup of coffee, perhaps you like a bit weaker understated taste or something in between? I must also mention all coffee makers are not created equal. Where a french press will make a strong pot using one tablespoon per cup of water, a particular drip maker may produce a medium flavored coffee using one tablespoon per cup of water. I suggest one get to know their coffee maker, starting out by following the manufacturer's instructions on the measurement of coffee to water.


The French Press

The French Press Coffee Maker

Note how the French press coffee maker is running a close second with the drip coffee maker?

Are you wondering why the French Press is so popular? A French press gives you the control over water temperature. Remember the hotter the water, the better cup of coffee. The hotter water temperatures bring out all the flavor of the coffee beans. If you have not tried a French Press, give it a try. You'll be hooked!

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Storing Coffee Beans

Where you purchase your coffee beans, and how you store them can make a big difference, when it comes down to the taste & aroma.

As a rule, coffee tastes best if consumed within a month of roasting. After that, it will begin to lose its roasted flavor, and aroma. Most well-known coffee house chains maintain selves with fresh coffee. Are supermarkets another story?

To keep your coffee fresh, store it in an airtight container, that is opaque. Keep it on a counter or cupboard. Never freeze or refrigerate. The decreased temperatures cause condensation, which ultimately dries out the beans, and depletes the flavor, and aroma.

Please take time to tell us about your favorite coffee maker?

WriterBuzz on September 29, 2010:

Your lens is great. Very informative. I liked your lens with a thumbs up.

Sharlee (author) on October 31, 2009:

Hi Jim,

Leaving out such an important aspect of what makes a great cup of coffee was an oversight on my part. I actually prepared the paragraph on measurement , but for reasons unknown, it was overlook when posting the lens? Thanks for the heads - up... Shar

alberttwolf on June 17, 2009:

I use french press the most (1 mug size), it's quick and makes good coffee, but vacuum brewer is good too, not to mention fun.

The-Coffee-Guy on February 17, 2008:

I love my French press. Makes a great tasting cup of coffee. And I agree that the grinding of the beans is very important.

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Sharlee (author) on June 20, 2007:

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This coffeemaker makes it easy to enjoy life's greatest pleasuresâthat first cup of coffee in the morning. Programmable up to 24 hours, automatic shut off, digital machine can make 4 cups or 12,brew stops so you can pour a cup midcycle. Custom plate heat control, keeping coffee hot after it's brewed. Features a water filtration system for fresh-tasting coffee, an indicator light that signals coffees done.

anonymous on March 07, 2007:

I use a drip maker, a french press, espresso maker, and moka pot. I am always wanting to try new ways of brewing coffee....cool site, thanks for all the info.