9 Rules for How to Make a Perfect Cup of Coffee

A good cup of coffee in the morning can set the mood for your whole day. While you may be tempted to rely on a barrista to serve your daily cup, that can get pricy. With these nine simple rules you’ll be able to make your own perfect cup of coffee every morning, right in your own home. It’s easier than you think—simple things like storing your beans correctly and using the best filters will prevent unwanted bitterness or off-flavors from your cup. Whether your morning coffee is an estate-grown brew or just the best supermarket blend you can afford, follow these basic rules for a delicious, satisfying cup of coffee—every single time.

How to Make Coffee

There are 3 common ways to make coffee at home. The long-standing favorite has been a classic drip coffee machine, but pour-over coffee at home is becoming increasingly more popular, and French press is an easy favorite as well. Find out how to make coffee with all three methods with these easy steps. As a general rule, we recommend about 15 grams of ground coffee per 8-ounce cup of coffee. For four cups of coffee, that’s about 60 grams of ground coffee (or about 6 coffee scoops or 3/4 cup, though a scale will yield the best results).

Arguably the best method for a delicious, aromatic and complex cup of coffee, the pour-over method won’t disappoint.

  1. First, bring water to a boil in a kettle.
  2. If using whole beans, grind the beans to a uniform consistency similar to granulated table salt.
  3. Meanwhile, put a filter in the brewer and rinse with hot water. This removes the papery residue on the filter and warms up the brewer, keeping your coffee hot for longer. Discard the water used for rinsing.
  4. Add the grounds to the filter, making sure the surface is level. When the water is between 195°F and 205°F (about a minute after removal from heat), slowly and steadily pour just enough water over the grounds to saturate them completely, starting from the middle and working your way outward. Stop pouring before the coffee begins to drip through. This is called the “bloom” pour, which allows the coffee to de-gas.
  5. Slowly pour in the remaining water, keeping the water in the dripper between half and three-quarters full. This should take 3 to 4 minutes. Carefully remove the filter, then serve and enjoy.
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