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Okay, here's my response to xXBatmanXx's homework assignment from the forum yesterday. A perfect cup of coffee is easy to accomplish. Start with clean, filtered water and fresh (whole) beans roasted to taste. Grind the beans in a burr grinder (not one of those cheapie blade choppers). The generally accepted formula is a tablespoon of grounds per cup, but this is a matter of taste, as is how coarsely you grind the coffee (I make incredibly strong coffee myself, so I use a lot of French roast beans and a fine grind). Boil the water, and make the coffee in a simple Melitta cone (give the water a couple of seconds to come off the boil before pouring), which has all the functionality of a coffee maker with none of the dirt, calcium, and bacteria traps. Transfer the outcome to a thermal carafe, and it will be hot and fresh for several hours. Enjoy your coffee.

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25. Cold Brewing Nov 16, 2007, 15:50 Max-Ray
 
I use a cold brewing system (http://www.toddycafe.com/) where you grind up a pound of coffee, add cold water and sit overnight. This process also eliminates a lot of the acids that make a bad cup of joe. Drain the next day and refrigerate. Its a concentrate so you just mix it about 10:1 with hot water and there you go!

Guess I need to look at grinders as I've been using a cheap'o blade grinder.

I've heard such conflicting word about leaving your whole beans at room temp or the freezer. I got a pamphlet from Caribou Coffee that said leave your beans at room temp and to NOT freeze the beans. Maybe they just want them to go bad so you have to buy more....

 
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