There's no beans about it — you can't get a great cup of coffee without first starting with the finest freshly roasted beans. If you buy pre-ground beans, they are going to be less flavorful because coffee begins to lose its flavor soon after it is roasted. You can get fresh roasted beans from your local coffee house and have them ground for you, or your grocery store may even sell/grind fresh beans. If you prefer, you can purchase a coffee grinder and do it yourself at home.
Be sure to store the coffee in an airtight container in a dry, cool place. Do not store it in the fridge or freezer, however.
Time to brew! As a general rule, one generous tablespoon makes eight ounces of coffee. You may need to adjust the amount of water you put in since every coffeemaker is different. Speaking of coffeemakers: there are a million ways to brew a cup of coffee. French press, single cup, drip, percolators … the list goes on. French press coffeemakers tend to allow the most flavor from the grinds to seep into the finished product. Follow your coffeemaker's directions to ensure the best results.
Once you've got your coffee, experiment with adding layers of flavor with milk, sweeteners and flavored syrups.
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