How to Brew a Great Cup of Coffee
Start with clean equipment free of coffee oils and residue.
Purchase fresh, whole bean coffee and use within 1-2 weeks.
Grind coffee immediately before brewing. Choose the right grind for your brewing equipment. If your grind is too small, the coffee will over-extract, leaving you with bitter coffee. If your grind is too coarse, the coffee will under-extract, leaving you with flat-tasting coffee.
Use filtered or bottled water. Your brewer should maintain a water temperature between 195-205 degrees.
In general, use 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every six ounces of water. Use more or less depending on your taste.
Drink coffee immediately after brewing. Coffee should not be left on an electric burner longer than 15 minutes. If coffee is not served immediately, it can be stored in an insulated container.
Coffee, like any food product, is highly perishable. Ideally, you should buy only enough coffee for 1 to 2 weeks. Store in an airtight container somewhere cool and dark. If you do buy coffee in bulk, divide coffee into small portions and wrap in an airtight bag. Freeze coffee for up to one month.