Personal tastes determine what is a decent cup of coffee. Here are a few tips to help make good coffee.
Freshly ground coffee is the best. There are two basic bean types - Robusta and Arabica. Arabica beans are the better quality and are found in most gourmet blends.
Start with a thoroughly clean coffee maker. Wash after each use with hot, soapy water and rinse well with hot water; never scour with an abrasive pad. When cleaning an automatic coffee maker follow the manufactures directions.
Always use fresh coffee and freshly drawn cold water. Never use hot water, especially in automatic coffee makers; it changes the percolating time.
Serve steaming-hot coffee as soon as possible after brewing. If coffee must stand any length of time, remove grounds and hold coffee at serving temperature over very low heat. Keep ground coffee tightly covered.
Preparation: Automatic: Follow manufacture’s directions for selecting grind of coffee, measuring and brewing the coffee and holding the coffee at serving temperature.
Drip: Measure cold water and heat to boiling. Preheat coffee pot by rinsing with very hot water. Measure drip-grind coffee into filter paper and place in holder on pot. Pour measured, fresh, boiling water into upper container, cover. When dripping is completed, remove upper container and filter section.
Strength for each serving of brew ground coffee is as follows.
Water Weak – 2 level teaspoons per cup water.
Weak – 1 level tablespoon per cup water.
Medium – 1 ˝ level tablespoons per cup water.
Strong – 2 level tablespoons per cup water.
Walks on it’s own – 3 level tablespoons per cup of water.