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How To Make Coffee

Steps to a great cup of coffee

The first step in making the perfect cup of coffee is to purchase the highest quality of coffee that you can afford. If you can only afford the generic coffee from your local supermarket that's fine. If it's some exotic fair trade organic coffee from Columbia or Africa that's fine also. You may be paying $5.99 a pound for one and $39.99 a pound for another but it all comes down to an individuals own taste and what you like when picking the coffee you want to drink. I've had some coffee that I thought tasted nasty but my friend loved the taste.

Ok,,, now you have the coffee you like for whatever reason. You do have control over the freshness of the coffee after you have purchased it. Having a nice air tight canister or just closing the bag tightly after you open it helps keep it fresh. Also keeping it airtight and in your freezer also adds to freshness. A lot of companies vacuum seal their coffee or flush the air in the bag out with nitrogen. They do this to keep the coffee as fresh as possible. Buy only enough coffee to cover what you will use over the next month or two.

Water, yes water is am important part of the coffee making process. It influences the taste of your coffee and in some cases by a large margin. I've tasted coffee made with water from the local city water supply and it was fine and then go to another city only to find my coffee had a very different taste. In some cases I have purchased filtered spring water from the local supermarket to make my coffee with. Water does and can make a big difference in the taste of your coffee. Filtering your own water supply also works fine. I'm lucky to live in a city that has excellent water even though it comes out of the Mississippi River here in New Orleans , Louisiana.

We are finally to the actual brewing process. There are so many different types of coffee machines on the market that you can choose from. The one I'm using is a close out that I only paid $18.47 for. I needed a new glass pot because I cracked mine. When I looked at the price of new glass pots and they were $9 to $20 and I could get everything for $18.47 I just got a whole new coffee maker. You have your choice of using paper or reusable strainer coffee filter baskets. You also have a wide variety of coffee machines ranging from my $18 machine all the way up to a couple hundred dollars. It's really a matter of choice and I'm sure it can make a difference in your coffee.

If you use whole bean coffee then you need a grinder  unless you have one of those machines that the grinder is built into your coffee machine. The one to two pot coffee bean grinder cost from $15 to around $100. If you fine grind your coffee and use a reusable coffee basket like I do you will end up with sediment in the bottom of your coffee cup. When drinking a healthy mushroom powdered infused coffee you may want to drink the sediment because of all the nutrients  you get. Most paper filters will leave little to no sediment. Again it is a personal preference.

Ok we have now made a pot of coffee and we are pouring ourselves a cup of coffee. Some people like their coffee black and some like to add cream, sugar, flavoring or some other additive. All of these additives make a difference in the taste of your coffee. One creamer taste different from another creamer. There are flavored creamers and there are low calorie creamers. There is a wide range of sweeteners from plain white granular sugar to honey and nectars. Then there are your man made sweeteners that are usually low or no calorie which to be perfectly honest with you may not be the best thing for you to add to your coffee. We will discuss that in the Healthy Coffee section of this website.

Now we are going to sit back and relax and enjoy our great tasting cup of coffee.

A little extra!

I'm going to go one more step further. Sometimes where you drink your coffee and the company your sharing your coffee with can make for a richer experience. Sitting with your wife and friends drinking coffee is just a natural.

What Size do I Grind My Coffee Grounds for the Different Coffee Machines I Use? Different machines do use different size grinds of coffee.

 

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Article #2 - Making a Great Cup of Coffee
Everybody has their own personal preferences and taste so making that perfect cup of coffee is in the eyes of the beholder.

What follows is some of the things that make for a great cup of coffee. A lot of factors go into making that perfect cup of coffee and you can control all of the things suggested below. You may have some of your own suggestions to add to the list.

The first step in making the perfect cup of coffee is to purchase the highest quality of coffee that you can afford. If you can only afford the generic coffee from your local supermarket that's fine. If it's some exotic fair trade organic coffee from Columbia or Africa that's fine also. You may be paying $5.99 a pound for one and $29.99 a pound for another but it all comes down to an individuals own taste and what you like when picking the coffee you want to drink. I've had some coffee that I thought tasted nasty but my friend loved the taste.

Ok,,, now you have the coffee you like for whatever reason. You do have control over the freshness of the coffee after you have purchased it. Having a nice air tight canister or just closing the bag tightly after you open it helps keep it fresh. Also keeping it airtight and in your freezer also adds to freshness. A lot of companies vacuum seal their coffee or flush the air in the bag out with nitrogen. They do this to keep the coffee as fresh as possible. Buy only enough coffee to cover what you will use over the next month or two.

Water, yes water is am important part of the coffee making process. It influences the taste of your coffee and in some cases by a large margin. I've tasted coffee made with water from the local city water supply and it was fine and then go to another city only to find my coffee had a very different taste. In some cases I have purchased filtered spring water from the local supermarket to make my coffee with. Water does and can make a big difference in the taste of your coffee. Filtering your own water supply also works fine. I'm lucky to live in a city that has excellent water even though it comes out of the Mississippi River here in New Orleans , Louisiana.

We are finally to the actual brewing process. There are son many different types of coffee machines on the market that you can choose from. The one I'm using is a close out that I only paid $8.47 for. I needed a new glass pot because I cracked mine. When I looked at the price of new glass pots and they were $9 to $20 and I could get everything for $8.47 I just got a whole new coffee maker. You have you choice of using paper or reusable strainer coffee filter baskets. You also have a wide variety of coffee machines ranging from my $8 machine all the way up to a couple hundred dollars. It's really a matter of choice and I'm sure it can make a difference in your coffee.

If you use whole bean coffee then you need a grinder  unless you have one of those machines that the grinder is built into your coffee machine. The one to two pot coffee bean grinder cost from $15 to around $100. If you fine grind your coffee and use a reusable coffee basket like I do you will end up with sediment in the bottom of your coffee cup. When drinking a healthy mushroom powdered infused coffee you may want to drink the sediment because of all the nutrients  you get. Most paper filters will leave little to no sediment. Again it is a personal preference.

Ok we have now made a pot of coffee and we are pouring ourselves a cup of coffee. Some people like their coffee black and some like to add cream, sugar, flavoring or some other additive. All of these additives make a difference in the taste of your coffee. One creamer taste different from another creamer. There are flavored creamers and there are low calorie creamers. There is a wide range of sweeteners from plain white granular sugar to honey and nectars. Then there are your man made sweeteners that are usually low or no calorie which to be perfectly honest with you may not be the best thing for you to add to your coffee. We will discuss that in the Healthy Coffee section of this website.

Now we are going to sit back and relax and enjoy our great tasting cup of coffee.

I'm going to go one more step further. Sometimes where you drink your coffee and the company your sharing your coffee with can make for a richer experience.

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Article #3 - How to Make Coffee At Home?
Here are few pointers on how to make that best cup of coffee at home.


If you have finally decided to make a perfect cup of coffee, then think what stuff you would need to make a perfect cup of coffee, before you run to your kitchen. It all depends upon what coffee have you decided to make. Are you ready for an espresso coffee, or a plain coffee? Espresso coffee is not what you should be looking at, itís better to drive to the nearest coffee shop and order a cup of coffee rather than making espresso at home.

If you look to make the perfect cup of coffee, try to make a plain coffee. Itís a bit easy, provided you follow certain guidelines. Moreover making coffee at home is cheap. Itís enjoyable. You would like to make your own coffee and drink with your family and friends in the confines of your home. Here are few effective guidelines on how to make the perfect cup of coffee.

  • Once you buy the coffee beans from the market, make sure you keep the coffee beans bag in an air tight container, after you use a part of it. Never leave the coffee beans in the open. If you do that, the coffee beans would go stale.
  • Always remember to use bacteria free water while you make coffee. The water should be purified and free of impure particles. Your made coffee would taste best if you use distilled water.

People residing in some countries prefer making coffee on the stove. If you are one of them then you need to put in a bit of effort while you make coffee.

  • Pour one cup of hot water on a container. Drop one tease spoon of coffee beans on the hot water container. Wait for a while, a minute will do. Again pour milk on the mixture, sweeten it up with one tease spoon of sugar. Mix the whole content, and now you can taste your cup of coffee. How does if feel?

If you are a busy person, and just do not have enough time to run around the kitchen. Then you probably need to buy a coffee machine, to make yourself a cup of coffee.

  • The first thing that you should do is to buy a coffee machine. You need to take extra care while you select a machine. Always buy a machine that has heat settings attached to it. Itís important to have the right temperature for a perfect coffee. Overheating would lead to a tasteless coffee.
  • Buy a machine with beeps and sounds. Those machines inform you when your coffee gets brewed.

Finally, enjoy your drink, even if you fail to make the perfect coffee, try again and follow the guidelines before you make the perfect coffee again.

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Article #4 - How To Make A Great Cup Of Coffee
If your gourmet coffee doesn't taste as good as it once did, it may not be the coffee but instead be the coffee maker or the water you are using. We will now explore just what is needed to make a Great Cup Of Coffee in the article that follows.
 

First Step: Water temperature

The first step we will explore is the water temperature the brewing machine delivers. You would think that a drip coffee maker is built to give you the right brew temperature all the time. In our study we found that isn't always true. As some coffee brewers age the water temperature can lower as much as 20 degrees. So if your gourmet coffee doesn't taste as good as it once did there is a possibility it's not the coffee but really the brewing machine. As some coffee makers age their heating elements tend to ware out and not heat the water as hot as it did when new. The ideal water temperature should be around 200 degrees when its hits the ground coffee in the basket or filter. A little lower temperature is ok but if it is below 180 degrees you may want to consider a new machine. If possible take the temperature of the water of the new machine and use that as you guide in the future. I have found that coffee isn't always served as hot as it was at one time due to the hot coffee law suits. You may recall the law suite against a large company because of one of their patrons spilling coffee on themselves and getting burned.

Second Step: Good coffee

Usually that comes in the shape of a bean, and ideally it should have been roasted not more then 5 days before you bought it. Obviously, roasting green beans in your own kitchen will get you the best taste. There are roasters you can buy for around $150 so you can roast a fresh batch as you need it right there in your kitchen. You can buy the green beans at some grocery stores like Whole foods. The Whole Foods by my house sells the green beans at the same price as the roasted ones.

Third Step: You need to grind your beans

There are two types of grinders, one using a blade and one using two metal plates that spin and mill the beans. In my experience, the mill or spur type grinders give you the best flavor. The blade grinder tends to impart its own flavor, giving your varied expensive beans a more homogenized flavor. For your drip coffee maker you fine grind your beans. For your French press, you course grind your beans. When you fine grind your coffee and use a basket strainer instead of a paper filter you will notice some coffee sediment in the bottom of your cup. You may also notice a little sheen floating on top of the coffee. This is the oil that is in the coffee beans themselves. This is a good thing. Your getting just a little more flavor from the oil whereas when using a paper filter you usually won't notice this oil as it is absorbed by the paper filter.

Fourth Step: Measuring your coffee

Get yourself a coffee scoop, which is equivalent to a heaping tablespoon. Measure out 1 scoop for every 2 cups labeled on the side of your coffee pot. If your coffee maker is a 10 cup then you want to make a full pot, then use 5 scoops of coffee. If you prefer weaker coffee then just go with 4 scoops. Some people like their coffee extra strong so they add a 6th scoop. It really all comes down to personal taste preference.

That is really all there is to making a good cup of coffee. Get the water temperature right, fresh coffee beans finely ground and then measured according to personal taste.

The only thing left is cream and sugar if you use it. May I suggest you trade in the sugar in for Agave Nectar or fresh honey.

 

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