Here's How You Can Make The Best Cup Of Coffee Ever In Your Kitchen


Coffee is an integral part of daily life. It kickstarts mornings, gives you something to do with friends when you're not hungry, and helps you stay awake when you have work to get done. It can help you focus and packs tons of health benefits

Even though coffee only has two ingredients, there are so many different ways to brew it. There's actually a nationwide competition each year where baristas prepare espressos, cappuccinos, and a signature coffee beverage for a group of judges. 

Katie Carguilo was the U.S. Barista Champion in 2012. She told Real Simple exactly how she prepares the perfect cup of coffee. Here are her tips: 

1. Use the proper equipment.

While it's certainly not as easy as just pushing a button on your Keurig, Carguilo recommended using a manual dripper. Drip brewing will properly filter your coffee, leaving a clean, hearty taste. 

2. Add water that tastes good to you.

If you don't normally drink your tap water because you don't like the taste, then it shouldn't be used to make your perfect cup of coffee either. Try filtering it or using bottled water instead. 

Even if you are just going to use a Keurig, the water you choose makes a difference. So make sure you're adding the kind that best suits your taste buds. 

3. Brew fresh grounds.

Grind your coffee beans within a half hour of when you'll be brewing them. Burr grinders work best. 

4. Add the perfect ratio of both.

To make 16 ounces of coffee, add 5 tablespoons of your coffee and 16 ounces of water. 

5. Use your pour over skills.

Perfecting your pour over is essential to your perfect cup. While you heat your kettle, line your dripper with a paper filter. Put the dripper over a mug or a pitcher. Use hot water to rinse the filter and then add your coffee grounds. Give it a little shake to even it out the grounds.

Once your water is boiled, wait for it to settle for about 10 seconds. Then, slowly add the water in a circular motion just enough to get all the grounds wet looking. Make sure to pour directly onto the coffee grounds and not on the paper filter. 

Stop for 30 seconds so that the coffee can soften. Once you start pouring again, only add enough so that there's about an inch of water above the coffee grounds. Repeat the pause and pour until you've brewed the amount of coffee you want. 

There you have it, the perfect cup!

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