The beauty of coffee is that it's a no-bar-to-entry sport: You'e got options on how to make it! And our favorite coffee-making tips and gadgets are here to show you the way.
Pick—and store—your beans.
- We're all about strong food foundations here at Food52, and coffee is no exception: Great coffee starts with great beans. But we use them as more than just morning pick-me-ups: Here are a bunch of other great uses for your grounds.
Weigh it out. Different beans have different densities, so a scale is the best way to guard against the crushing disappointment of weak coffee.
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Keep things fresh.
Grind it yourself. While the ease of pre-ground coffee is tempting, the effort of grinding your own is well worth the payoff—both in slight arm muscle toning and a fresher, more flavorful cup. If you really can't see yourself cranking your own, pick up this electric option. Just don't forget to clean it properly when you're done!
If you want your coffee hot, remember to keep your water temperature below boiling to avoid scorching it.
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Choose your method, then master it.
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Now that you have the perfect cup:
This article originally ran two summers ago, but we've beefed it up with tools and new tips so your coffee mugs stay happy.
Have you perfected your coffee technique? Tell us all about it in the comments!