How to Make Great Coffee

Tired of making less than stellar java in your drip maker? Getting great coffee at home is simple with the right ingredients!


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Brew a better cuppa joe with the coffee recipes and tips in this java video series from Howcast.

You Will Need

  • Fresh beans
  • Grinder
  • Cold water
  • Coffeemaker
  • Milk
  • Flavored syrup
  • Liqueur


  1. Step 1

    Decide on a grind

    Figure out what grind your coffeemaker requires. Cone-shaped filters require a fine grind, while basket-shaped filters take a coarser grind.

  2. Step 2

    Grind beans

    Grind the coffee beans. Pulse for 10 to 15 seconds for a medium grind, and 15 to 20 seconds for a fine grind.

  3. When using a blade grinder, pulse the blade and shake or tap the grinder to achieve a uniform grind.

  4. Step 3

    Measure grounds

    Measure two rounded tablespoons for each six ounces of water.

  5. Step 4

    Measure water

    Add cold, filtered water to the coffeemaker's basin and close the lid.

  6. Step 5

    Brew coffee

    Start the coffeemaker and enjoy the aroma as the coffee brews.

  7. Resist the temptation to sneak a cup before the coffee is finished brewing. The flavor won't be balanced until the brewing cycle is complete.

  8. Step 6


    Serve the coffee immediately. Well-made coffee can be enjoyed black, with milk, or flavored with syrup or your favorite liqueur.

  9. Arabians began brewing coffee around 1000 A.D.