Step By Step Coffee Making

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Step By Step Coffee Making
A perfect cup of coffee is a great way to start your day. (coffee in coffee image by Maria Brzostowska from

According to National Geographic, Brazil, Columbia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast are amongst the top ten coffee producing countries in the world. Coffee has evolved into a vital morning ritual for many adults. Knowing how to make great coffee is a wonderful skill to have. Even if you don't drink coffee, you probably have friends that would appreciate a perfectly brewed cup. You can use many different machines to make coffee, and some of the most common are drip machines and French presses.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Filters
  • Ground coffee
  • Teaspoon

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    Drip Coffee Maker

  1. 1

    Turn the coffeemaker on in advance. Drip coffeemakers require time to brew coffee, so be sure to give yourself at least 40 minutes before you intend to drink it.

  2. 2

    Boil some fresh water and let it cool for a minute or two. This will prevent the water from scalding your coffee, which gives it a bitter taste.

  3. 3

    Measure your ground coffee using a teaspoon and pour it into your coffee filter. One teaspoon per mug makes an average strength coffee, so you can adjust according to your preferences.

  4. 4

    Pour a small amount of the boiled water onto your coffee grounds to enrich the flavours. The coffee grounds will swell up a little.

  5. 5

    Place the filter securely in the slot provided on your drip coffeemaker.

  6. 6

    Pour the rest of your boiling water into your drip coffeemaker's water reserve.

  7. 7

    Press the start button.

    French Press

  1. 1

    Boil some fresh water and set it aside to cool down a little. If you have hard water, you may want to filter it for better taste.

  2. 2

    Measure your ground coffee using a teaspoon and drop it directly into your French press. One level teaspoon per mug of coffee is a good starting point; you can increase and decrease according to taste.

  3. 3

    Pour your boiling water into the French press and stir the coffee grounds. Place the lid on the French press but do not press the plunger.

  4. 4

    Let your coffee steep for four minutes.

  5. 5

    Press the plunger down gently, keeping a slow and smooth pace. You should descend approximately one inch every 10 seconds. Pour your coffee with the plunger still in the down position.

Tips and warnings

  • Buy coffee in small amounts, keep it in airtight containers and store it in a cool, dry place to preserve freshness.
  • Consume your coffee immediately after brewing for best taste.

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