How to Brew Great Tasting Coffee

Making the perfect pot of coffee is part art and part science.  Making
the best tasting drip coffee involves starting with freshly ground coffee then using the correct water temperature to extract the coffee oils from the beans using clean water.  Finally, you want to store the coffee in an airtight container after it is made.  

Key Items for Great Tasting Coffee include:
  • Coffee:
    • Use FRESH Beans! 
    • Limit exposure to oxygen, light, heat and mositure. 
    • Buy only as much coffee as you’ll need in a week
    • Grind just before brewing
    • Store beans in an airtight container kept in a cool, dark, dry place
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  • Equipment:  Clean and Calibrated
  • Grind:
    • FRESH!  Grind beans just before brewing
    • Use a fine grind for short brewing processes (drip)
    • Use a coarse grind for long processes such as percolated (not recommended)

  • Water: 
    • Use fresh, impurity-free water (filtered) water
    • Heat water temperature to just off a boil (195°-205° F)
      • If the water is too hot, then bitter oils are extracted from the bean. 
      • If the water is too cold, then not enough of the good oils are extracted from the beans.

  • Filter:  Use a quality paper filter that won't clog

  • Storage:
    • Brewed coffee should be used right away or transfered to an airtight thermal carafe
    • "Cooking" the brewed coffee on a hot plate to keep it warm in an open glass container should be avoided..  This rules out most low cost coffee makers.

  • FRESH! 
    • Did I mention using FRESH beans ground just before use?






Things You Should Have If You Like Coffee

Krups 203-42 Fast Touch Coffee Grinder, Black
Krups 203-42 Fast Touch Coffee Grinder
Bodum Chambord 8-Cup Coffee Press
Bodum Chambord 8-Cup Coffee Press
In 2004 the Bodum Chambord coffee press received the American Culinary Institute's award for best French press coffeemaker.
Krups FMF5 10-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker with Thermal Carafe, Black with Stainless Steel
Krups FMF5 10-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker with Thermal Carafe,

Black with Stainless Steel

Insulated Travel Press Coffee & Tea Maker
by Bodum
Decaf and Regular Coffee Ceramic Canister Set -

# Silicone gaskets for airtight storage
# stainless steel scoop


Capresso 560.01 Infinity Burr Grinder

Recommended by Peete's Coffee

Brita 42412 1-1/2-Quart Atlantis Water Filtration Pitcher

fits refrigerator door


Brita Pitcher Filters, 3-Pack


Tips from Peet's Coffee
  • Peet's preferred brewing method is the Press Pot. This method gives you the most control and allows 100% of the coffee's flavor to come through. A fine layer of caramel colored froth is the hallmark of a successful brew. Two favorites for press pot brewing are the Bodum Press Pot and our handy Travel Press.
  •  When it comes to sealing in freshness, we strongly recommend buying whole beans and grinding just before brewing. This way more flavor goes into your cup rather than dissipating into the air. We recommend burr grinders for their consistent grind, superior flavor extraction and range of grind settings.
  • Freshness is paramount. Coffee will stay fresh longer with proper storage. Consider the airtight security of ceramic canisters. Place in a cool, dry, dark place to protect it against the staling effects of heat, light and moisture.
Tips from Starbucks
  • Proportion: Use two tablespoons of ground coffee (10 grams) for each six fluid ounces (180 milliliters) of water. If coffee brewed this way is too strong for your taste, you can add a little hot water to your cup of brewed coffee.
  • Grind:   coffee ground for an espresso machine should be very fine, in part because the brew cycle is only 19 to 22 seconds long. But for a coffee press, the coffee should be coarse ground, because the water and coffee are in direct contact for about four minutes.
  • Water:  Use fresh, cold water heated to just off the boil.  It should taste clean andbe free of impurities. Water heated to just off a boil (195° to 205° F or 90° to 96° C) is perfect for extracting the coffee's full range of flavors. Any cooler and the water can't adequately do the job. Automatic coffee makers heat the water for you. Make sure the one you use gets the water hot enough.
Tips from Tully's Coffee
  • Coffee:  FRESH!  Limit exposure to oxygen, light, heat and mositure.  Buy only as much coffee as you’ll need in a week, grind just before brewing, and store beans in an airtight container kept in a cool, dark, dry place.
  • Grind:  The shorter the brewing process the finer the grind.
  • Water:  Use fresh, impurity-free water (filtered) heated to just off a boil (195°-205° F)
  • Filter:  Use a quality paper filter that won't clog
  • Equipment:  Clean and Calibrated
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updated 11/10/07

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