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The Perfect Cup of Coffee
by: Felix Sheffield

Most of the time coffee is brewed without much thought as one rushes to prepare for work or school and not much effort is given to quality. A couple spoonfuls of whatever coffee is on hand, top the coffeemaker off with water from the tap and press the "Start" button. A few minutes later quickly pour the resulting brew into an old commuter cup, give the coffee carafe a quick rinse, and off to work. . This will make average coffee, but nothing exceptional. With a bit more effort, a much better cup of coffee can be made.

Fresh beans are probably the most important factor in brewing a good cup of coffee. For the best results, use whole beans and grind them just prior to use. Coffee begins losing flavor after its ground, so they should be used right away. Using the correct amount of ground coffee is critical. A good baseline is to use two level tablespoons for every six ounces of water, although this can be adjusted depending on how strong you like your coffee.

Tap water can be full of minerals and chlorine residues. These are usually harmless, but can affect the coffee's flavor. To make a good cup of coffee it is best to start with bottled or filtered water (but don't use processed "soft" water or distilled water). It's also best not to use paper filter papers as usually they have been treated with dyes and chlorine that can leech out into your coffee.

Using a clean carafe is also very important. It is convenient to just give your carafe a quick rinse, but this doesn't really clean it. Oils, coffee residue and minerals from the water remain in the coffee carafe and build up over time - the discoloration becomes obvious after using it for a while. To properly clean your carafe, use some baking soda to scour the carafe and remove the residues from past brews. Baking soda is harmless and will rinse out easily, leaving you with a clean and fresh coffee carafe for the next pot of coffee.

When the coffee is brewed, use it immediately and don't let it sit on the heating element. Continuing to heat a coffee carafe after it is done brewing will cause the coffee to become "burnt" and give it a bitter flavor. You also want to make sure you don't boil the coffee while brewing as this will have the same result. To avoid this, it is best to use a thermal coffee carafe as they use insulation instead of constant heat to keep the coffee hot.

Sometimes a quick "okay" cup of coffee is fine when you're in a hurry, but if you take just a little extra time and preparation, you can enjoy a much better beverage!

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