Caffeination 101: How to Make a Perfect Coffee

Think there’s no such thing as a bad cup of coffee? Didn’t think so. Most of us have swallowed some truly muddy matter in our day. Whether it’s a matter of ratios or the beans you’re buying, there are a few key things to keep in mind as you learn how to make a perfect coffee:

  1. Know your beans: Don’t spend more than you can on the fanciest stuff, but do experiment before you commit.
  2. Stay fresh: Keeping beans fresh—and grinding them when ready, if you can—is the best way to make sure your grind is as flavorful as possible. (For related tips, check out our post on how to store coffee beans)
  3. Water matters: It takes a few extra seconds to use filtered water instead of tap water, but that can make a real difference in flavor.
  4. A measured approach: Some say two tablespoons per six ounces of coffee, others say less—it depends on you. Try a few different ratios, then stick with the one you like best.
  5. Keep it clean: Cleaning your coffee maker may seem like a hassle, but it’s worth it.

Above all, know that the perfect cup of coffee does exist—and you can make it everyday once you’ve got the routine down.

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