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Coffee Brewing Methods and the Golden Rule

There are many ways to brew coffee. Some say the best way is to use a coffee press, while others prefer the simple coffee maker approach, amongst others. You’ll need to choose a method that is best for you. The “Golden Rule” (as it’s known by the National Coffee Association) works universally for all methods, basically use 1 to 2 Tablespoons of Coffee Grounds to each Cup of Water.

Drip Coffee Maker

Drip Coffee Makers are all pretty much the same. Generally, they have a water tank, a basket at the top to put the coffee grounds, and a pot that will heat up and hold the coffee. Put the water in the back of the machine, add coffee grounds to the basket based on the Golden Rule, put the empty coffee pot in the machine, and turn it on. The water will be heated, dripped on the coffee, and then will fill the pot. Wait for the coffee to be finished and enjoy.

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Coffee Press (French Press)

Thing about a Coffee Press (French Press) is that it needs to steep like tea so you have to fill it fully with water. Start off by filling a kettle and boiling the water. Fill the top of the machine with coffee grounds based on the Golden Rule for the amount of water that will fit in the machine. Pour the boiling hot water into the Coffee Press over the grounds until full. Cover and let the coffee steep for 4 minutes. Push the plunger down, pour yourself a cup, and enjoy.

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Cold Brew

The Cold Brew technique makes a sweeter cup of coffee, but you’re going to need 12 hours. Using a Coffee Press fill the top with coffee grounds based on the Golden Rule. Fill the Coffee Press with cold water and wait. When the requisite time has passed, press down the plunger and sip, you’ll appreciate how patient you had to be.

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Percolator

With a Percolator the coffee grounds go on the top and water on the bottom. Put the pot on the stove and heat it on a medium high heat. The water will travel up the tube in the center and pour over the coffee grounds then drip down into the rest of the water. This can create a bitter coffee if you let it cook too long. From the time it starts boiling to finished should be about 4 minutes.

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