Making coffee can be a simple process, but there are plenty of little things that you can do to make a bad cup. Assuming you'd rather be making a good cup of coffee, start by avoiding these common mistakes.
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The most common way to end up with a bland cup is to use coffee that has gone stale. Roasted whole beans will stay reasonably fresh for up to 1 to 2 weeks if kept in an air-tight container. Ground coffee only stays fresh for a few days.
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Overdosing on the Additions
I like a bit of milk and sugar in my coffee, but too much of a good thing will turn even an excellent cup of coffee into a watered-down and sugary mess. These extras should accentuate the coffee's taste, not mask it. When trying a new coffee, you should have at least one sip without any sweetener, to appreciate the taste.
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Coffee brewing methods that involve boiling your coffee (like using a stove-top percolator) can result in poor coffee. The high heat can destroy the delicate flavor oils in coffee, leaving you with a pretty unappealing cup. Try using a drip coffee maker instead.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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