Here are some guidelines for making coffee at home with a few of our favourite home brewing methods. Each brewing method produces its own delicious result and all are worth trying, then perfecting your favourite.
Making great coffee
Great coffee is not limited to espresso, or professional coffee nutters.
Brewing coffee at home is rewarding in many ways, be it the reliability of your trusty stovetop, or your experimental tendencies with filter coffee - you can brew a fine cup of coffee for yourself at home, using any number of apparatus.
Get a coffee grinder
This is the biggest single quality breakthrough you can make. You can buy ground coffee but by the time you get around to brewing it, most of the subtle qualities that make coffee wonderful will be long gone.
A decent burr grinder is what you need, they grind the beans to a consistent particle size, a blade grinder smashes the beans into any number of large and small parts - producing uneven coffee extraction.
Then get the right grind size for your preferred method.
Buy fresh roasted beans
You can look for the roast date to see how fresh they are, don't trust a bag without one.
Buy regularly, in small quantities and grind them just before brewing.
The hardest to make, but the most satisfying when you get it right.
Produces a rich, aromatic brew - easy if done right.
A bit trickier to perfect but makes a more intense, stronger brew.
Produces one of the purest brews and is a nice way to get a clean clear taste.