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Old 05-13-2005, 04:44 PM   #6
mauvaisroux
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Default Making a good cup of coffee...

Start with a thoroughly clean coffee maker. Wash after each use with hot, soapy water and rinse well with hot water; never scour with an abrasive pad. When cleaning an automatic coffee maker, follow the manufacturer's directions.

Always use fresh coffee and freshly drawn cold water. Never use hot water, especially in automatic coffee makers; it changes percolating time.

Serve steaming-hot coffee as soon as possible after brewing. If coffee must stand any length of time, remove grounds and hold coffee at serving temperature over very low heat.

Keep ground coffee tightly covered. Some people prefer preground coffee while others prefer to buy coffee beans and grind them at home using a small electric coffee grinder, available at most department stores. Some stores also offer the option of a home brew station that is a coffee maker with a built in grinder.

PREPARATION METHODS:

Automatic:
Follow the manufacturer's directions for selecting grind of coffee (special ones are available), measuring and brewing the coffee and holding the coffee at serving temperature.

Drip:
Measure cold water and heat to boiling. Preheat coffeepot by rinsing with very hot water. Measure drip-grind coffee into filter paper in cone or into filter section of coffee-pot depending on the type of drip pot used. Pour measured fresh boiling water into upper container; cover. When dripping is completed, remove upper container and filter section.

Coffee Water Weak 1 level tb 3/4 cup
Medium 2 level tb 3/4 cup
Strong 3 level tb 3/4 cup
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