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The Perfect Cup of Coffee

If you love coffee as much as I do, you strive to make the perfect cup in your home.  Here are some of my tips for getting a great cup of coffee every time.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time4 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Author: Chef Dennis Littley

Ingredients

  • 2.25 ounces ground coffee (12 tablespoons)
  • 36 ounces filtered water

Instructions

Pour Over

  • Rinse the coffee filter with hot water
  • Place the coffee grinds in filter
  • Heat water to boiling and allow to sit for 30 seconds.  Water used for brewing should be 195 degrees to 205 degrees.
  • Using a circular motion starting from the outside wall and working your way inward, pour 40-80 grams (3 to 5 tablespoons) of very hot (not boiling) water over the coffee grounds, 
    The grounds end up uniformly soaked but not dripping wet. Let the grounds sit for about a minute as they bloom.
  • Continue pouring the rest of the water

Coffee Maker

  • Place the filter in the coffeemaker’s basket
  • Add your fresh roasted and ground coffee beans and then pour in your hot water.  Use just enough to soak the grounds without pouring through.
  • Wait 45-90 seconds, permitting the grinds to settle, and then simply operate the automatic coffeemaker as you normally would.

French Press

  • Gently pour a small quantity of hot water onto the coffee grounds. You should immediately notice a bloom start to form as foam on top of the water in the press-pot.
  • Let the bloom remain for 15-20 seconds, then stir it with your spoon. This is to ensure that all grinds in the bloom have complete contact with the water
  • Complete your normal French press brew regime, which normally involves 3-4 minutes of steeping time.

Nutrition

Sodium: 25mg | Calcium: 15mg