Strategies for Getting the Best-Tasting Coffee at Home

Many people love getting coffee from coffeehouses and can’t figure out why the beverage they brew at home never seems to taste as good. A few actions can greatly improve the flavor of coffee at home. One is to be more conscientious about what goes into the coffee maker. A second is to be more conscientious about cleaning the machine. A third is to read some coffee maker reviews and then buy a new device if the one currently being used is lacking in quality.

What Goes Into the Coffee Maker?

Water that tastes clean and doesn’t have any unpleasant aromas or flavors is essential for great coffee. Unfortunately, not everyone has immediate access to this kind of water from the tap. In municipalities, for example, there may be a slight odor or taste of chlorine. In rural areas, well water may contain noticeable iron or sulfur. Coffee can mask these problems to a certain extent, but it won’t taste as good as it would with properly filtered or bottled spring water.

The quality of the coffee beans also must be considered. Buying cans of cheap ground coffee beans will never do the trick. If there’s no coffee bean grinder in the house, it’s time to get one. That keeps the flavor fresher than pre-grinding and bagging beans at the store, although that’s certainly a better option than the cheap brand-name products in plastic and metal cans.

How Often Is the Device Cleaned?

It doesn’t take expensive cleaning solutions to remove oils and minerals from the coffee maker. White vinegar will do an effective job. Running a cycle with a blend of clear vinegar and water, then running another cycle with plain water, works almost like magic at cleaning debris from the pot and the interior. A bottle brush can be used to wipe away any stubborn buildup inside before running the vinegar cycle. This should be done at least once a month. Ideally, the pot should be washed after each use.

What Kind of Coffee Maker Is Being Used?

Face it, the most delicious coffee is probably not going to be poured from a plastic percolator or even from a cheap drip machine with a glass pot. Online reviews of coffee makers tell the story about devices with the best results.