With these simple rules, you’ll be able to make a great cup of coffee every morning, right in your home – without buying any new equipment or expensive coffee beans.
1. RINSE AND REFILL THE WATER TANK EVERY MORNING
Water is one of the most important things when it comes to brewing a good cup of coffee. Refilling the water tank with fresh water each morning is the best thing you can do. Just quickly rinse the tank and fill it with fresh water. If you have a large tank, you don’t need to fill it all the way up – add enough water needed for as many cups as you usually drink and refill the next morning. The refillable water tank is the best thing because it’s so easy to keep clean and mold free. Small clear water tanks are also a good choice.
Filtered water is recommended, but you may use tap or bottled water as well – you just want your water to always be fresh.
2. keep the filter basket and filter holder clean
If your coffee tastes bitter or burnt or has an unpleasant aftertaste, oil buildups might be the reason. Thoroughly clean the filter holder and filter basket. Use a toothbrush or a paper towel to clean all parts that come in content with coffee. A detergent like Cleancaf is great. You can run a quick rinse with Cleancaf or use it to rub the filter holder. Make this a part of your monthly cleaning routine and your coffee will taste so much better.
Just like a removable water tank, a coffee maker with easily removable brew basket is always a good choice.
3. Descale your machine every 3,4 months
Depending on your usage and mineral content of water in your area, it is recommended to descale every three to four months. Descaling helps clean mineral build-up inside your machine and can help with poor performance.
4. preheat the mug with hot water
If your coffee maker doesn’t make hot coffee and the coffee gets cold too fast, rinse your mug with hot water before you pour in the coffee. Just add some hot water, wait for 10 seconds and discard water. This simple step will help keep your coffee hot much longer.
5. Use the proper coffee to water ratio
Proper coffee to water ratio is a surefire way to make a good cup of coffee. I recommend using 2 tablespoons coffee per 8 oz of water if you like strong coffee or 1 1/2 tablespoon for a medium coffee. Here’s a useful chart.
6. Choose the right roast level
Choosing the roast level that fits your taste is the easiest way to make coffee you’ll like without any extra cost. No matter if you buy specialty coffee or the grocery store brand, you want to pick the right roast. If you love your coffee strong and bold, choose dark roasted coffee (look for dark roast or French roast on the label). If you like a mild coffee taste, choose house blends – they are usually medium roast. Breakfast blends are almost always light roasts. Knowing your favorite coffee roast level is especially useful when buying some coffee for the first time. More on this topic here.
7. Making the best iced coffee
If you want to make the best iced coffee you’ll absolutely love (no matter what brewing method you’re using) try this: Use the same amount of water and coffee grounds you normally use for your morning brew, but replace half of the water with ice cubes. One large ice cube usually equals 1 oz water. So, If you use 2 tbsp coffee per 8 oz water, brew 2 tbsp coffee with 4 oz water and add 4 large ice cubes in a glass. When you make the coffee, slowly pour the coffee over ice cubes, add a splash of milk or half and half and that’s it! So good! Get the full recipe.
The next level: We all agree that switching to fresh whole bean coffee makes coffee seriously better. Some options are expensive, so I will cover that topic in one of my next posts and show how you can switch to the whole bean at home in a simple and budget-friendly way.