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Oct 2, 2007 07:50 PM

The Perfect Cup of Coffee

How do you make the perfect cup? I have a braun drip machine and I am confused about the amount of coffee to use. Is it is two level table spoons per cup? I have been experimenting with different amounts, but I would love to hear different suggestions.

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  1. I use a French Press. One coffee scoop per "cup" ( i use an 8 cup press so 8 scoops).

    Perfect every time. :)

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    1. re: ziggylu

      I have to agree. The French Press method makes the best cup of coffee that I have ever had. I use 1 level Tablespoon of coffee grounds per 8-oz of water (adjust amount of coffee to your personal preference). Use good tasting water (bottled, filtered, etc). Pour boiling hot water over grounds in press, stir several times and steep for 4-minutes. Slowly push down plunger on press to strain out grounds. Serve at once.

    2. The best coffee I've ever had anywhere, I make with my AeroPress.

      1. 2 Tbs coffee per 6 oz water is a standard ratio. Adjust to your taste. You are better off brewing on the upper range of this ratio and diluting the final brew if it's too strong than to use less coffee and get an over extraction.

        1. The universal ratio, according to both Alton Brown and The Silver Palate, is 2 Tablespoons per 6 oz. of water used. I used a french press though, so I don't know if this would be too strong for a drip machine.

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          1. Try this for a press sometime. 4 tablespoons, ground more like drip than press, and brewed for just one minute. I like to do this when opening a new bag of coffee. It's a great way to bring out all the greatness of superfresh coffee.

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            1. re: kindofabigdeal

              Yes, good point. My girlfriend always brews with a more coffee grounds and for a shorter time than I do, like a minute or two. And it does usually have a fresher, amplified taste!