Brewing at home is nice... you don't have to leave the house, it's cost effective, and you can be naked... or clothed... it's your choice is all I'm trying to say here.
Often we get customers telling us that Booskerdoo Coffee is better in our cafe than at home. So here is vol. 1 of tips and tricks for brewing great coffee with what you have at home. Today's installment: WATER QUALITY.
1. Use filtered or bottled water
Coffee is 98% water, so the water you use better be good. If you don't drink your tap water, don't use it for coffee. Using a Brita filter pitcher works fine, just make sure you change that filter, they die pretty quick. If it's easier for you, just use bottled water. Good water makes good coffee!
2. Water temperature
Optimal water temp is 195-205 degrees F. Home automatic drip brewers don't get that hot. According to Keurig's FAQ, their machines start at only 192 degrees F. Keurig and other home brewers slowly but surely get cooler and cooler. The heating elements are pretty cheep. If you are looking for a new brewing method, try a French press, drip cone, or vacuum pot. A French press and drip cone are under $25 and you boil the water yourself, so you know it's hot as hell (195-205 degrees F starts at about 10 seconds off a boil.)
More tips and tricks to come!