Everyone strives for what they believe is “The Perfect Cup of Coffee”. But perfection in coffee means a different thing for everyone. Like appreciation of art or music or food, it comes down to individual taste.

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Origin Coffee’s master roaster Roger Sheppard has this advice:

“If You believe the Taste matches the promise of the aroma, then you have achieved the perfect cup.”

Essential to brewing a great cup of coffee is the following important steps:

  1. Make sure you’re using clean, fresh water every time.
  2. Clean your brewing equipment regularly and if your machine is equipped with a water filter, change regularly.
  3. Select the correct grind of coffee for your machine. A fine ground is best for filter coffee. Always use unbleached paper filters.
  4. Don’t rely on long holding times for brewed coffee. Quality and taste will deteriorate after 30 minutes plus.
  5. Store ground coffee in a vacuum tight container, some recommend the fridge (not in the freezer, there are many people out there that had a bad experience with frozen coffee), for an optimum time of two weeks. It is best to grind enough for two to three days usage only. Obviously freshly ground coffee tastes the best. Roasted beans will stay fresh for four to five weeks if stored in a similar container.

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Filtered coffee is still the most popular brewing method although occasionally frowned upon by some aficionados. Either a paper or metal filter is placed in a cone-shaped holder with medium to fine coffee and hot water drips through. Most machines are automatic. Filters from unbleached paper produce the best results but remember that leaving the coffee on the warmer too long will result in a ‘chemical’ taste. Fresh-brewed coffee always has the best taste.

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Espresso is gaining popularity all over the World. It’s a black, Italian-style and means “made to order” on the spot. In an espresso machine, hot water is forced through coffee at high pressure for maximum flavor. The coffee should dribble out slowly and a foamy golden brown crema is the sign of a good cup – especially if your sugar floats for a few seconds. Use 1 to 1-1/4 oz of espresso and serve in a demitasse cup.

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