Wineguider’s two tips for better coffee

22 11 2012

Tips for better coffeeHello and Happy Thanksgiving!   Today we review two simple tips that will result in better coffee for you each morning if you use a typical drip coffee maker.

Tip #1:  Houston, we have a problem.  The water isn’t hot enough when a coffee machine first starts.  This weakens coffee flavor.  Especially if you are making just a cup or two, since most of your coffee is brewed before the water has really gotten hot.  Ackk!!  Solution:  brew a little bit of water first, to heat things up.  I do this every morning.  Remember to pour out the water before making your coffee.  Now that’s better.

Warning — when fresh water hits your pre-heated coffee maker, a small steam cloud may burst out, so stand clear.

Tip #2 is for people who use ground coffee.  Before you make your coffee, briefly grind it.  That’s right, buy an inexpensive Krups grinder and give your ground coffee 3 or 4 seconds in there.  Doing this takes my favorite, Caribou ground coffee, from “nice” to “rich.”

And two more tips, no extra charge:  (1) If you’re using tap water, try switching to bottled spring water.  Best is Evian, best for the money is Whole Foods’ spring water.  Or buy a filter pitcher, like Brita.  Depending on where you live, this can make a big improvement.  (2) Every few months (OK I do it twice a year…), clean your coffee maker by running half a pitcher of white vinegar through, straight.  Then run at least 4 full pitchers of cold water through, to rinse.





One response

20 02 2013

Yes. Tap water a definite no-no. Cleaning with vinegar a must-do. Something I picked up in Japan is that I only use turbinado sugar (‘Sugar in the Raw’ is the most widely available brand, and available in many restaurants) in my coffee now. It has a depth of flavor that the plain white stuff lacks.

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