Feedsee Beverages : Brewing Coffee : How to make good coffee at home

Home espresso and coffee machine maker Krups and the Specialty Coffee Association of America offer tips for making good coffee at home. First look at your machine. A clean, calibrated machine is necessary to brew the perfect pot of coffee or the best cup of espresso. For top flavor, grind your coffee immediately before brewing. In order to preserve the flavor of the coffee bean as long as possible, keep coffee away from excessive air, moisture, heat, and light. Coffee should be stored in an opaque, airtight ceramic or glass container and not refrigerated or frozen, because moisture of the refrigerator or freezer deteriorates coffee. When grinding your beans, remember, larger grinds for coffee and smaller grinds for espresso. Making coffee with two rounded tablespoons of coffee per cup of water. The optimal water temperature for brewing coffee is 92 to 96 degrees. After coffee is brewed, the filter should be removed immediately. The coffee that continues to drip from the filter will be bitter and can ruin your fresh pot of coffee. Never re-heat a cup of coffee. Once brewed, coffee starts to lose its flavor, so drink it soon.