There are several keys to brewing a perfect Cup Of Heaven (coffee).
Coffee Makers are used by the majority of coffee drinkers
today. It is important that the coffee maker you use brews at very
hot temperatures to extract the fullest coffee flavor. We
currently do not recommend models, but you should do just a little
research to make sure you get a machine that brews hot -- 195 to
205 degrees F. They run from $65 on up.
Quality can make all the difference, which seems like a common
sense statement, but it goes beyond whether you use filtered,
bottled or tap water. For instance, most people are not aware that
you need to use a bit more coffee if you use soft water rather
than harder water. Also, water that contains a good amount of
minerals will bring out more coffee flavor in your brew.
Coffee should be done just before brewing. Buy whole beans and
grind it yourself -- it's worth it. To get the best taste from
your beans, use a mill or burr grinder (as opposed to a blade grinder).
Burr grinders or coffee mills grind the beans more precisely. For drip machines use
a medium fine grind (grinding too fine can actually cause over
extraction and your coffee will taste bitter). Coffee mills cost
more than blade grinders -- about $60 and up, but again it's worth
it. If you do use a blade grinder, try grinding it several
seconds, stop then shake the grinder, grind again for several
seconds, shake again and repeat the process one more time. This
provides a more even grind and prevents heat build up which ruins
Coffee technically involves using one ounce of coffee for each
20 ounces of water, but making coffee in these proportions may not
always be practical. There's an easier way. First of all, don't
rely on your coffee machine "cup" gauge -- they vary
from 5 ounces on up depending on the machine. Instead, always
measure your water and coffee by hand using one to two level tablespoons
of Morning Star Coffee for each 3/4 cup (6 ounces) of water. Of
course you will want to vary the amount of coffee to your own
taste (we use 1 1/3 tablespoons) and brand, for example most other
coffees are not as dense as Morning Star Coffee and recommend
two tablespoons of coffee. Once you have this simple recipe down,
this hand measured method never fails.
Freshly Brewed Coffee to best extend its freshness really
requires the use of a vacuum container -- also called a
"thermos". Preheat the vacuum container with hot water
first, then pour in your coffee immediately after it is finished
brewing. While brewed coffee supposedly lasts for 20 minutes on
the hot plate of a coffee maker, there is nothing worse than a
stale or burned cup of coffee. Vacuum containers eliminate this
problem, ensure the most flavorful coffee for the longest possible
time, and makes serving easier and safer.