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How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Coffee

You may have your favorite way to brew coffee, but is it really perfect every time? Probably not. As a coffee lover, you may sometimes dream about brewing like the professionals, but no matter which method you use, follow these tips, and you will get better results every time.

Clean Equipment

This may seem obvious, but making sure that your equipment is thoroughly cleansed after each use by rinsing it with hot water, and drying it off with a clean towel makes a huge difference. See that no grounds have been left to collect on any part of the equipment, and that there is no build-up of coffee oil. This residue can make future cups of coffee taste old and bitter. In fact, the public health protectors at NSF International, a public health and safety organization, found that your coffee pot is more likely to have a higher germ count than your bathroom door handle and toilet seat! So first and foremost, make sure you clean your coffee pot at least once a week.

Check Water Quality

Since coffee is actually mostly water, poor quality water makes a poor cup of coffee. It is best to use cold, filtered water, as opposed to distilled water, and bring it to a boil. If you do use tap water, let it run for a few seconds before filling your coffee pot. To reach the ideal brewing temperature, let your kettle rest for 30 seconds after coming to a boil.

Use the Right Ratio of Coffee to Water

For a good pot of coffee, there should be some respect paid to the delicate ratio of coffee to water. According to the National Coffee Association, the general guideline is 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every six ounces of water. Proportions matter; it’s just like following a recipe.

Grind Coffee Just Before Brewing

Many coffee lovers have a coffee grinder in their kitchen. Grinding before brewing ensures the freshest coffee by releasing the flavors and aromas inside the coffee beans.

Don’t Let it Just Sit

Coffee should be consumed soon after it is freshly brewed. If it sits for too long on a burner, or is reheated, it will have a burnt taste and even lose its aroma.

Following these methods in your daily coffee brewing routine should allow you to make a great cup of coffee each and every time, as well as enjoy the full flavors and fresh aroma. So, now that you're a coffee-brewing expert, you can rest assured knowing your next cup of coffee will be one for the books.

All you need now is an order of high-quality coffee beans from CoffeeAM, and you'll practically be a coffee connoisseur!

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