I am somewhat of a coffee purest. I probably fall short of true coffee purest status, but I’m certainly close. I believe that percolated coffee is better than automatic drip; as a result, I was using a percolated coffeemaker. Unfortunately, it died so I had to buy a new maker. For various reasons that we will not discuss here, I ultimately decided to revert to the automatic drip maker. While I am disappointed in my self turning to the dark side, I will say that it does make a good cup of coffee (clearly that has more to do with me than the maker)
So while we are on the subject, let me share with you the secrets to a good cup of Joe.
- Use clean, crisp, clear, cold water I.E. not straight from the tap; chlorine is evil.
- Use only quality coffee. Like much in life, you get what you pay for and coffee is no exception. Roemerman on Record does not recommend Folgers.
- Buy whole beans. A fresh grind can make all the difference in the world. I use a hand grinder, but those are hard to come by, so I will allow an electric one.
- Measure two heaping teaspoons of coffee per six ounces of water. Contrary to popular belief, strong coffee is not bitter. Actually, using to little coffee will cause an over extraction of the coffee’s flavor, resulting in a bitter, nasty, brew. Good coffee should be like a black hole; light enters but does not escape.
- If you use a percolator, please be sure that you do not over brew the coffee. Modern electronic percolators protect you from this. If your percolator is manual be careful, over brewed coffee is bitter and nasty.
- Do not let your coffee sit on a hot plate for very long. Ideally, you will have a thermal carafe waiting for your fresh brew. Coffee is not meant to be cooked after it is brewed.
- Do not pour coffee into a cold cup. Please have a warm cup standing by.
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