How to Make Your Best Coffee Ever

Even the best cooks have been known to claimthey can't brew a good cup of coffee, but with a few simple guidelines, it's easy tomake great tasting coffee.

And making homemade coffee is a real savings compared to buyingit in a coffee shop.

Regardless of the brewing method you choose, all we start with freshlyground coffee beans.

Coffee beans are roasted to various degrees of darkness.

Choose darkerbeans for a stronger flavor, lighter beans for mild tasting coffee, and create your ownblend for something in between.

Coffee grinders are inexpensive and well worthy investment.

Since coffee beans lose their freshness quickly, it's best to grind them fresh each time youmake coffee.

The most popular methods for brewing coffee are the automatic drip, themanual drip, and the French press.

Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for your coffeemaker for either a fine or coarse grind.

For an automatic-drip coffee maker, measure theground coffee into the filter, pour the water into the reservoir.

Each 6-ounce cup of coffee,use three quarters of a cup of fresh cold water and one to two tablespoons of groundcoffee depending on how strong you like your brew.

And press the button to start the brewingprocess.

To use a manual drip coffee maker, measure the coffee into the filter, bringfresh water to a full boil in a kettle, turn off the heat and allow it to rest for a moment,and then slowly pour the water over the coffee.

Water just under boiling at 195 to 205 degreesreleases coffee's compounds at their flavorful best.

Be careful not to overfill the filterbasket.

Give it a stir to make sure all the grounds are submerged.

You may need to waitfor some of the coffee to drip into the carafe before continuing to pour the hot water.

Tomake coffee using a French press coffee maker, measure the coffee into the carafe.

Pour thetempered hot water into the carafe.

Place the lid on the carafe and allow the liquidto brew for four minutes.

Press the plunger to the bottom of the carafe to trap the grounds.

Whether you like your coffee black or with milk, cream, or sugar, it all starts withthe right brew.