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Post by UNEEK Sat Jul 28, 2012 2:12 am

How to Make the Best Coffee?

I love coffee. I make good coffee at home using a French
press and organic grounds, which are pretty expensive. Yet, the coffee is never
as good as the best coffee you can get at a coffee shop. What are the tricks to
make the very best coffee at home? What do they do at the coffee shops that
make it so good? I wonder if I'm doing something wrong. M.S.

The Water Makes for Great Coffee

The water you use makes a difference in the quality of the
coffee. If you are using tap water to make your coffee, consider running it
through a filter first (pitcher or faucet-mounted). The temperature also
matters. Ideally, it should be never be boiling when it touches the grounds. So
after you boil the water, you could let it cool for about 30 seconds before
adding it to the press. Also, make sure that you're using the right grind for
your coffeemaker. For a French press, you want a fairly coarse grind. And
lastly, clean the coffemaker well after every pot. Residue stuck to the pot will
certainly affect the flavor. Amy

Best Coffee Requires Salt?

Here's a little trick I learned from my Daddy a long time
ago. To take the bitterness out of coffee, before you brew it, add a little
"sprinkle" of salt (yes, salt) to the grounds! I've been doing it for
years and can really taste the difference when someone else makes it and
forgets! Bee in Virginia

A Coffee Snob on How to Make the Best Coffee

I make the best coffee in town at my house and the
"coffee shops" don't come close to the taste I can brew at home,
especially when you factor in the cost! Here are my tips for the best coffee:

The coffee maker
must be clean. Clean it after you use it, especially the holder for the

Use good quality
water. I like filtered water but bottled works well too. And use room
temperature water.

Invest in a coffee
grinder. The coffee taste best when the beans are fresh ground. Grinding them
at the store makes them lose their flavor and freshness.

Keep most of the
coffee in the freezer, but keep some out at room temperature. I used to keep it
all in the freezer, but the coffee tastes better when it is ground up from room
temperature beans, so now I keep a week's worth or so at room temperature and
the rest in the freezer.

Also, I like
darker roast beans (French or Italian rather than Columbian) and grind them up
good. They'll go further the finer you grind them.

One more thing, I tried one of those French presses and
didn't like it. The coffee always tasted bitter. I did have some luck using one
of those if I then filtered the brewed coffee through a coffee filter, but that
was too much work, so I just have a regular drip brewer and that works great
using the above tips. Good luck and good coffee! CJ, Certified Coffee Snob

A Barista's Advice on How to Make the Best Coffee

I work in a coffee shop and this is a frequent complaint
from our customers. They buy a bag of a coffee that was tasted in the store and
loved, only to find that it doesn't taste the same at home. There are several
possible reasons for this.

First, we only use
filtered water when making coffee at the shop. Tap water can ruin the flavor of
good coffee. Second, we grind the coffee right before we brew it, so that it
maintains as much flavor as possible.

The longer the time between grinding and brewing, the less
flavor in the coffee. We also store our beans in opaque, tightly sealed bags
with all the air forced out, and in a dark, cool place. Light and air exposure
can alter the taste of the beans (and you should never store coffee in the

Also, if you buy your coffee from a coffee shop, I would
suggest asking the baristas for any tips they might have. We're very friendly and
we usually know quite a bit. Elise

Start with Filtered Water

Sounds like you're on the right track by using quality
coffee and a French press. My suggestion is to use filtered water. I worked in
a coffee shop several years ago and we only used filtered water. Also, you
might see a difference if you grind the beans fresh before each pot. Barbara in
Boise, Idaho

Brewing the Best Cup of Coffee

Like the questioner, I love coffee, and here are a few
suggestions to brew the best cup. I suggest using filtered water; I keep a
pitcher of it in my refrigerator.

Through the Internet, I found some coffee bean suppliers at
sweetmarias.com or u-roast-em.com. From these suppliers, I order green beans
from growers all around the world and roast them myself every few days. I use a
West Bend hot-air corn popper in my garage (coffee roasting makes a pungent
odor), and it takes about 7 minutes to roast 1/2 cup of raw beans, so I do
three or four batches at a time. There are other successful methods for home
roasting. Then, I use a burr grinder for the coarse grind that is best for the
French press method.

There is a learning/experiment curve to making the best cup
of coffee, but it comes quickly enough, and now my friends are eager to try the
different types that I brew. Kay in Virginia

Remove Used Grounds Immediately

Always start with a clean coffee pot and cold water. Use a
coffee measure or two tablespoons coffee for a pot. Remove the grounds when the
coffee has been made. Do not let the coffee grounds weep into your coffeepot.
They will make it sour. Dianne

A Little Sugar Makes for Good Coffee

For each basket of grounds to make a regular pot of coffee,
I add one teaspoon of granulated sugar. This works the same way that adding
sugar to spaghetti sauce works. The sugar balances out some of the acidic taste.
This makes for a much, much mellower pot of coffee, and you cannot taste the

Don't make the
mistake, however, of adding more. If much more than the teaspoon is added, you
will taste the sugar. (Yes, I know this from personal experience!) Depending on
how much coffee grounds go into making the French press, you could try lesser
amounts of sugar. Paula in Stevenson, WA

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