July 29, 2007

coffee

i love coffee. i really do. but when i make it at home, it almost always tastes terrible. so when we moved to our new house, i threw out my old hand-me-down coffee maker and decided to buy a new one.

i got a new coffee maker at target, along with a coffee bean grinder, because i heard that it's impossible to make good tasting coffee at home without grinding your own beans. i also did some research online about how to brew a good cup of coffee, and i consulted a friend (who is a manager at starbucks) to find out if i could get some inside secrets.

she told me that i have to make sure i have the 4 fundamentals: grind, water, proportion, and freshness.

i was still somewhat confused so i checked out several websites for guidance. basically this is what i need to do:

-buy un-flavored coffee beans (they said order them from a company that just sells coffee beans, but i'm too poor so i will be getting them at the grocery store)
-use filtered water (from the brita)
-buy unbleached paper coffee filters
-clean coffee maker and carafe thoroughly after each use
-store coffee beans in an air-tight container in a dark, cool place (not the freezer)
-grind coffee beans just before making coffee, only grind what you will use right then
-grind 2 tbs. of beans for each 6 oz. cup of coffee
-stir coffee before serving

as soon as we get a sink in our house i am going to try doing all of these things. i'll let you know how it goes.

Posted by JenMagenta at July 29, 2007 6:21 PM
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At the very least you'll remember all the effort that went into the cup you're drinking, and that alone will make it taste better.

Posted by: dk at July 30, 2007 11:57 AM

I got a coffee-bean grinder from my brothers for Christmas, and it's great. Unfortunately, I don't have time to use it in the morning and I usually drink the normal stuff my mom makes. That tastes fine to me though, so I guess I'm not that picky.

Posted by: Dan at July 30, 2007 1:05 PM
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