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How to Make a Great Tasting Cup of Coffee

CoffeeThere is good coffee and absolutely abysmal coffee. Both may start with the same elements, but one cup can taste completely different to another. Freshness is the key to great tasting coffee. Here is the play by play smackdown of how to create a fantastic tasting cup of coffee.

  1. Use good beans. Go to a local coffee roaster and buy only enough coffee beans to last you a week. Buying fresh beans is one key to good taste. When you buy beans make sure the beans are all relatively the same size and same color for even grinding and flavor. If you buy beans from the supermarket at minimum, check to see if the beans are Arabica.
  2. Use filtered water. Even if your coffee maker has a charcoal filter it is best to start off with filtered water to ensure there are no impurities like chlorine or minerals to alter the real taste. Use cold water.
  3. For the best tasting coffee ensure you have a coffee maker which can brew up to 95 to 98 degrees Celsius, just off the boil. This temperature is the optimal temperature to get the best flavor out of the bean.
  4. The grind. Only grind as much coffee as you are going to need for that moment. The finer you grind, the more flavor you will receive. The grind has to be even to ensure even taste. If you are using a cheap coffee maker you should only use a medium grind to avoid the over-extraction. However, grind to your equipment’s recommendations.
  5. Use two level tablespoons of coffee per cup. If you are making more than 10-cups of coffee you should use the strength meter on its highest position possible to allow more water to penetrate the grounds evenly.
  6. Use unbleached coffee filters or ensure your permanent filter is free from all coffee sludge. When it comes to coffee, cleanliness is next to Godliness.
  7. Stir the pot. Once the coffee is brewed, stir the pot to infuse the taste.

At bare minimum, these steps should always be used when making coffee. Think about the farmer’s in the field, if you skip a step are you doing their hard work justice? On a selfish note, missing one of those steps will affect the taste of your coffee, even slightly. Other things to make a great cup of coffee are:

  1. Always ensure your equipment is clean. Old coffee sludge can really change the taste of coffee. Polident can clean your equipment to almost new.
  2. NEVER reuse coffee grinds.
  3. NEVER grind beans just taken out of the freezer. Let them thaw first.
  4. Always store coffee in air-tight containers away from direct sunlight.
  5. NEVER leave the coffee on a heater for longer than ½ an hour. It gets a burnt taste and smell.
  6. Always warm your cup and never reheat coffee.

The best coffee starts with fresh beans, clean equipment and clean water. Adhering to at least those three guidelines will give you great tasting coffee. Everything else is just gravy.


Kate Simpson is a freelance writer who contributes for the Coffee Bean Queen –http://www.coffeebeanqueen.com/– a website offering information on everything fromcoffeetocoffee makingandcapressocoffee and more.

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How To Clean A Coffee Maker

LamingtonsEver wonder how to clean a coffee maker the right way? Drip coffee makers need to be cleaned at least once a month to keep your coffee tasting good.

Cleaning your coffee maker takes away hard water deposits, old oils from previously brewed pots and other impurities that can make your coffee taste bad.

A mixture of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water is the best way to clean a drip coffee maker. Mix a full pot of the vinegar and water mixture, pour it in your water reservoir and turn the coffee maker on.

Once the mixture has run completely through, turn the drip coffee maker off and let it cool for 15 to 20 minutes.

Pour the vinegar and water mixture down the drain. If you are cleaning a coffee maker that hasn’t been cleaned regularly, repeat this step again with a fresh vinegar and water mixture.

Next, rinse the pot out thoroughly with warm, plain water. Then, fill the water reservoir again with clean water and turn the coffee maker on to start the rinsing process.

To make sure all of the vinegar and water solution is completely gone repeat the rinsing process one more time after letting the pot cool for 15 to 20 minutes.

This is how to clean a coffee maker the right way. Cleaning your drip coffee maker on a monthly basis will make it last longer and keep your coffee tasting the best it can possibly be.

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Learn about Chardonnay

wineThe Chardonnay grape variety is a classic white wine grape grown all around the world. It is at the top, as probably the world’s favorite white grape variety.

Where It Grows
The Chardonnay grape grows everywhere. The exact origin of Chardonnay is hard to trace, but its reputation was established in the Burgundy region of France. Winemakers love Chardonnay because the vines are easy to grow, and have a high yield. Chardonnay is one of the few grapes in the world that does not require blending. However, it is also blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier to produce Champagne.

Wine Characteristics
It is widely known for producing excellent full-bodied wines. The cooler zoned climate Chardonnay grapes produce an abundance of fruit flavors. You can pick up apple, pineapple, or the hint of peach. The warmer climate Chardonnays may have less of the fruits but develop wonderful honey, vanilla, and roasted flavors that really fill the mouth.

Descriptive Flavors

  • Apple
  • Pineapple
  • Coconut
  • Pear
  • Peach
  • Honey
  • Yeast
  • Vanilla
  • Butter
  • Toast
  • Roasted almond or hazelnut

Keep It or Drink It
Chardonnay is ready to serve when it is sold. Many of the top Chardonnays from California, France, and Australia will continue to improve for up to five years from the time it is bottled. Check the label or the producer’s web site for specific recommendations.

Food Combinations
The beauty of Chardonnay is that its high acids and full-bodied nature provide it great food matching versatility. It will go very well with most any recipies you serve. It is wonderful with fish, especially salmon.


About the Author:
Stuart Glasure, A wine enthusiast and publishing member of the Wine Learning Center at http://www.WineDefinitions.com.