How to Brew the Best Cup of Coffee - Part 2

Whether you’re a beginner at making your own coffee or a lifelong coffee connoisseur, these simple steps will help you get the most out of every cup.

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Spices to mix with coffee beans

7) Add salt to fight the bitterness of coffee. A few grains per cup should do. You can also add a cinnamon stick or two to the entire pot or to the bottom of your coffee cup. Ground cinnamon can clog the filter. Cinnamon sticks are best if buried in the grounds rather than laid on top.

Filter water to be used for your coffee.

8) Use good water Since coffee is mostly water, the type of water you use can really make a difference to the taste. If you’re investing in high quality coffee making equipment, you shouldn’t spoil your efforts with bad water. Filter the water before you brew your coffee. Also try bottled water.

Measuring the right amount of water for your coffee.

9) Add the right amount of water. Measure your water according to amount of grounds you used. Use the lines on the coffee pot as your guide for measuring.

Heating to the right temperature

10) Get the water temperature right. Cold water makes for the freshest taste. Most coffee makers set the water temperature for you.

With French Presses, you must prepare the water yourself. The best coffee making water temperature is just under boiling. Boil the water, and let it sit for a minute.

Coffee maker

11) Put the coffee pot on the warming plate of the coffee maker. Make sure the coffee maker is plugged in.

Brewing coffee

12) Brew your coffee for the correct length of time. With a normal drip brewer, you have no control over the brewing time. But you should wait for the coffee to be fully brewed before taking any. The bitter flavors are released later in the brewing process. So sneaking a cup early will make your drink taste strong.

With a French Press, for which you do control the brewing time, brew between three and five minutes.

Black coffee ready to enjoy.

13) Don’t let your coffee sit longer than 30 minutes. Enjoy your drink immediately. For the best taste, never reheat your coffee. If you must save your coffee for later, store it in an airtight container until you’re ready to enjoy.

Adding flavor to coffee.

14) Enjoy your well-earned cup of coffee. Add sweetener, creamer, milk, etc. according to your preference.



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