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How to Brew Perfect Coffee

  • October 28, 2011
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STEP 1: Heat the water
Boiling water can scald the grounds, but water that’s too cool won’t extract their full flavor. The ideal range is right around 200°F, give or take 5°. To reach that, boil filtered water in a kettle and then let it cool for 30 to 60 seconds.

Make it at home and avoid the world’s worst frozen coffee drinks.

STEP 2: Prep the filter
Pour a bit of just-boiled water through the filter to saturate it and wash off loose fibers that would sour your coffee. Then toss out any excess water from the cone and place it on top of the mug.

STEP 3: Brew the coffee
Fill the filter with 2 rounded tablespoons of grounds for 8 ounces of coffee. Gradually pour in just enough water to saturate the grounds. Wait for the coffee grounds to “bloom”– about 60 to 90 seconds. Now starting in the middle of the cone, pour the remaining water in a slow, narrow stream, working in circles out toward the edge. Don’t flood the cone.

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8:31AM PST on Dec 4, 2013

I'd feel more like a barista if I could figure out how to decorate with the steamed milk. mine never turns out like the ones at the cafes.

3:44PM PDT on Aug 18, 2013


3:14AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Thank you :)

4:44AM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

Thank you :)

5:38AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

nice article, not sure i agree with it all though! i much prefer the french press than a farty cone that i then have to dispose of, whilst the coffee rinds, i can throw in the compost bin, no problems! each to their own for taste. i prefer a deep blend, nutty in flavour. it's much better if you can support your local coffee shops, we have one in our town centre [in wrexham, wales, uk] and she sells beans of all varieties and at a good price

3:44PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

To each their own

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Interesting and delightful. Most of the time at home I drink tea but on occasion will make coffee. Good tips. Remember my Mom making coffee in the old style percolator.

7:35PM PDT on Jul 8, 2012


6:42PM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

Coffee is awesome

1:24PM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Good to know, thank you

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