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The very first step is to make sure you have all of the right tools. Please refer to the section above about tools. To get a quality pot of coffee, a clean coffee maker is a must. Cleaning the coffee maker once a month should be done. A thorough cleaning will remove hard water deposits, leftover coffee oils that become rancid, and other impurities that can ruin the taste of the coffee. To clean the coffee maker run a mixture of vinegar and cold water through the coffee maker. The mixture should be one part white vinegar and two parts water that fills the entire pot. After this phase has been completed through run water through the coffee maker for a few cycles to ensure the vinegar is removed (WikiHow).

Another set of instructions is also for determining which coffee bean is right for you. Please refer to this website on a guide to coffee cupping and the taste characteristics of coffee. This guide will teach you some of the desirable and undesirable traits of coffee. In addition it will also teach the reader how to correctly taste the coffee to get ensure the reader is getting the full effects of the bean.

Once you have found your coffee bean that  you want to brew the coffee bean must be grinded. Grinding the beans is done with a coffee grinder which can be found from many stores. When grounding the coffee it should not like coffee colored baby powder, but rather like poppy seeds. Another thing to notice is that using a blade grinder can make a lot of very fine powder or coarse grind. The problem with this is that it can easily block the flow of water going through the filter which can result of grounds to over flow into the pot.

Now to make the coffee…

  1. Put a coffee filter in the filter basket. One thing to be aware of is that if a cheaper filter is used it can cause clogging.

    Adding coffee grounds to the filter and into the coffee maker.

    Adding coffee grounds to the filter and into the coffee maker (WikiHow).

  2. Measure out the coffee grounds. A good rule of thumb is for every 2 Tbsp of grounds for every 6 ounces you plan to brew.
  3. Measure water, according to the amount of coffee grounds used. Pour water in the designated area of the coffee maker. Then place the pot back on the warming platform.

    Measure the correct ratio of coffee grounds to water (WikiHow).

  4. Make sure the coffee is completed brewed before taking a cup. If you take a cup before it is completely brewed can be a fairly strong cup. If you remove the coffee grounds too late, the pot will be too bitter due to flavors released later during the brewing process.
  5. Enjoy your cup of coffee. Add any milk, flavored syrup or sugar to get the coffee tasting just right. If your coffee becomes too bitter because it has been sitting out for too long add a pinch of salt which has been said to remove the bitterness.

    Different types of condiments to add to your coffee.

Some other notes that the reader should be aware of is paying attention to the water temperature and quality. The best coffee is achieved when the water is between the range of 190-200 degrees Fahrenheit. Many coffee makers cannot reach to this level of temperature. Please consult your instructions manual of your coffee maker. If your coffee becomes bitter or weak in flavor a good method to get rid of this is by adding room temperature or hot water into the pot. The best type of water to use in your coffee is either distilled or de-ionized water which contains no impurities or minerals in the water.

Enjoy your pot of coffee. Share your magnificent pot of coffee with others!

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