written by Lori Thiessen
Making the perfect cup of coffee starts with good ingredients, good equipment and proper preparation.
I gleaned the following information on coffee preparation from Meta Given’s Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking.
- Buy good quality coffee in small amounts
- If you buy already ground coffee, then buy only enough for a week’s worth.
- Put the coffee in a glass container, don’t leave it in the paper bag
- When taking coffee out from the container, do it quickly as possible so that none of the aroma is lost
- Store the unused coffee in the refrigerator
Meta Given’s doesn’t recommend percolators because it violates the cardinal rule of making the perfect cup of coffee — never boil the coffee.
Whatever coffeemaker you use, keep it very clean. After each use, make sure to clean it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
If you have an automatic coffeemaker, follow the manufacturer’s instruction on coffee preparation.
If you are like me and have gone completely low tech with a French Press, or other low/no tech coffee maker, then Meta Given’s has a few tips.
- Make sure you have the appropriate grind for the coffeemaker you are using
- Scald the pot with hot water
- Put in the amount of grounds needed to make whatever amount of coffee you want (2 to 2 1/2 level tbsp of ground coffee per cup)
- Pour in 1/4 of the required amount of hot water, and let stand for 1 min.
- Pour in the remaining amount of hot water (for a french press this is in the pot, for drip put the water in the water reservoir.)
For a French Press, let the pot stand for 5-8 minutes before you press it. For a drip coffeemaker, set the pot on a very low heat, make sure that the coffee does not boil. Pour the finished coffee into warmed coffee cups.
Meta Given’s also urges that a coffeemaker shouldn’t be left with grounds in it for very long. Clean your coffee making equipment as soon as you can after you have made the coffee.
Though it sounds like a lot of work, a good cup of coffee is a joy.
Q: What tips do have for making the perfect cup of coffee?
Until Next Time,
May Your Coffee Always Be Freshly Brewed!