When I am out and buy a cup of coffee in a restaurant, gas station, fast food drive through, or coffee bistro, it is usually a good tasting cup of coffee. Some gas stations have room for improvement.
At home, which is my castle, I want the coffee to be a rich, good tasting experience. Many times I look forward to my coffee at home because I brew it the way I like it. If you ever have had a bitter or weak cup of coffee you may as well throw it out.
I have had energy drinks that want to take the place of coffee. You may replace the caffeine with an energy drink but you can not replace the flavor of a great cup of coffee.
1. Quality coffee beans.
Good quality coffee beans can be the difference from a good to a great cup of coffee. To find the taste and aroma that you like you may want to try different coffees. Arabica and robusta are two types of coffee beans. Arabica is the richer of the two but also the more expensive. Robusta has good flavor and is easier on the budget.
2. Good-tasting pure water.
Pure and good tasting water is important for a good tasting cup of coffee. If you live in a hard water area or your water has a taste you can filter the water or buy distilled water. Distilled water is also better for your coffee maker.
3. The grind of the coffee.
The grind of the coffee must match your coffee brewer. Turkish and Greek coffee are brewed with very finely ground beans but there are other grinds that produce a good tasting coffee also. A french press requires a long soak as the beans are coarse ground. This too can give you a great cup of coffee.
4. The freshness of the beans.
The oils in the coffee bean can get rancid so if you do not drink coffee on a regular basis, freezing may be an option. If you brew a pot every day this would not be necessary and may take away some flavor.
5. The cleanliness of the brewing equipment.
Keeping the coffee maker and carafe clean is important as the old oils can get rancid and cause a bitter taste.
6. The type of coffee brewing machine.
The type of brewing machine must match the grind of the coffee.
The finer the grind the less time that is needed for the water to contact the beans. Espresso coffee has a very short time that the water contacts the beans and they must be finely ground. A french press will take a long time to brew and the grounds can be very coarse.
This is a case where the grind must match the brewing machine or the result will not be favorable.
7. Paper or stainless steel filters.
Paper filters are fine but could leave a faint taste with the coffee. Stainless steel screen filters may be better but need cleaning.
The Keurig K55
Probably the best single serve coffee maker and it has the ability for you to add your own grounds. This would be cheaper and you can find your own beans to taste. It is also capable of making a four-cup carafe.
The price is high but it is a quality brew machine.
The Keurig 55 is the best coffee maker at this time. It is for single serve but can also handle a pot of coffee.
The Bunn BT velocity brew 10 cup
There are not many features but it brews very good coffee. It also has a thermal carafe.
It is on the pricey side and paper filters are recommended rather than a permanent filter.
This is a quality coffee maker and has a loyal following
The Cuisinart DCC 3200 perfect temp 14 cup
Cuisinart is loaded with features it brews quickly and is fully programmable. It has a good filtration system.
Expensive and you can’t use a thermal carafe.
It is expensive but high quality and a top brand name.
Hamilton Beach single serve coffee brewer
Very affordable with auto shut-off, brew strength setting, and a pause and serve feature.
Paper filters recommended.
This Hamilton Beach coffee maker has a lot of “bang for the buck”.
Mr. Coffee BMVC-SJX33GT 12 cup programmable coffee maker
There are many features for the price, auto shut-off, pause and serve, brew strength, and water filtration for a very small price.
The clock is hard to read. There have been reports of a plastic taste that probably goes away with use. This could be a production error.
This Mr. Coffee is not the best but the price makes it an attractive buy.
* helps prevent gallstones.
* helps lesson Parkinson’s symptoms.
* helps mental acuity.
* fights bacteria.
* coffee does not cause hypertension
* helps prevent type 2 diabetes, although diabetics should reduce consumption.
* Helps you with stamina.
* Gives you antioxidants that prevent cancer.
* It will relieve a headache. (headaches may be caused by a lack of caffeine and the coffee is providing the fix.)