Thursday, April 9, 2009

How To Make Good Coffee

By Corey Dell

I'm sure that you've had good coffee and bad coffee and maybe you haven't even had a good cup of coffee because you are so used to the bad stuff you do not know the difference. Let's just say that when you finally have that good cup of coffee, you will be amazed.

A lot of people who are looking to create the best cup of coffee first look at the actual blend and brand that they are using. This may be a good thing to look at but really the first thing that you should analyze is the water that you are using to brew the coffee. Good clean water, even bottled, makes all the difference. After all, a cup of coffee is made up mostly of water.

If you do not want to use bottled water, there are good water filters available now that will make the water completely perfect for brewing coffee. The most important thing is that you have to have the water free of any minerals, impurities and other things that would affect the coffee. Also, the fresher the water is, the better the coffee.

The coffee machine that you decide on should be as clean as possible. Any old coffee grounds and other things from prior uses will harm the taste. A dirty coffee maker will make a dirty coffee.

The next thing to look at is the coffee itself. Always choose the best coffee that you can afford in whole bean form and keep them in an airtight container or bag.

Using whole bean and grinding it yourself is better because the coffee oils in the bean are releases just before brewing. Pre-gound coffees have had a chance to sit in its ground state and the oils tend to dry up this way. If you must use preground, which I admit is more convenient, make sure it is stored in an air tight container as well. Whole coffee beans will also stay fresher a lot longer as long as they are stored properly. Never store coffee in a fridge or freezer.

When grinding the beans, only grind what you need for that time. Always ensure that you maintain and clean your coffee grinder as well.

Different types of coffee machines perform best with the specific sizes of grinds that they need. Make sure to adhere to instructions on coffee machines that you use and pay attention to what they say. This will make a big difference in the taste of your brew.

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