• Catarina Alexon

    Personally find that at home it’s best to have an espresso machine or a cafetiere. That way you get excellent coffee, wherever in the world you are:-)

    • I very much agree with you Catarina. I’ve almost given up ordering coffee at a restaurant because nine times out of ten it’s pretty awful. 🙂

  • Jacqueline Gum

    There is nothing…I mean NOTHING better than a great cup of coffee. Loved this article…people do underestimate what actually does make good coffee:) I will check out that coffee maker. I am a whole bean aficionado myself. If I really want to treat myself, I’ll buy some Jamaican Blue Mountain beans.

    • Hi Jacquie. I could not agree with you more. I absolutely LOVE my coffee maker. I wasn’t cheap, but boy can it make a great cup of coffee. Yep good beans make ALL the difference when you have everything checked off. 🙂

  • What a fun post. I’m happy with my French Press and my grinder. Sometimes the beans are better than other times …

    • Hi Leora, A good French Press and grinder can really do the trick, as long as (as you said) you have good beans. 🙂

  • I love coffee but have had to cut way back. However, having said that I find my pyrex percolator (slowly perking on my wood stove) makes the best coffee. Grinding the beans at home definitely helps too. Love the post.

    • Hi Lenie, Percolators are making a come back, it’s a retro thing. With a good grinder and beans you’re golden. Enjoy.

  • I hardly drink coffee at all , but I do know there is nothing worse tan spending 10 minutes making a lovely cup of coffee only to find it’s ot to your liking. It’s a ritual that’s worth making just the way you like. All good points Susan. My partner uses a stove top espresso maker now with a hand, battery powered whisk for the foamy milk for cappuccino. She said it’s hands down better than the all expensive electric cappuccino makers of which we’ve had a few.

    • Hi A.K., My husband was once not a coffee drinker. He just started drinking coffee and has become now someone who searches for the best expresso. Which ever way you make it, with whatever equipment, a good cup of joe is pretty special. 🙂

  • I used to grind my beans every morning. I’ve gotten so lazy that I don’t even drink coffee in the morning anymore. I get my caffeine hit with a diet cola. Within one block of my home (remember, I’m a city dweller) are three shops that brew great coffee and cappuccinos. I enjoy stopping in late afternoon and enjoying the coffee, maybe a sweet and watching the crowd walk by.

    • Boy, how lucky you are Jeannette. New Yorker do get what a good cup of coffee is and why. It would be a blast to visit those coffee shops and people watch. 🙂

  • Deidre M. Simpson

    It is exactly this science that I lacked when I used to make coffee for an entire department. I had no idea the process was so deep. Thank you for the lesson.

    • Hi Deidre, You so welcome. I know what you mean. It is n’t so obvious at first, but when you get into it, it really is kinda fascinating. 🙂

  • I am fond of coffee and I believe I can not do anything in morning if I do not have a cup of coffee or cappuccinos and after 12p.m. my situation is same, to start my engine need a cup of coffee.
    I try different ways to make my coffee but I have never took the beans. Many take beans and grind from same place from where they purchase and also add few additional stuff but I never went for beans :). Now I know beans are important to make a better cup of coffee , will try the beans as soon as I will go to market for my next week’s shopping

    • Me too Andleeb, I just can’t seem to get moving without it… LOL.

      Good beans are really were it all starts. After that, it all about the water and the temperature. The right equipment helps with that. :-)))

  • Interesting post. I love coffee and will drink less-than-perfect cups of coffee, but nothing beats a really good cup.

    • Hi Donna, I’m glad you enjoyed. Coffee is so personal. We all have a likes. I say vive la différence. 🙂


  • 2 heaping T. for every 6 ounces?! I’m sure it makes a difference but with the price of coffee these days… I’ll just keep on putting in my pinch of salt to take the bitterness out.

    • Hi Glynis, I hear you. A pinch of salt can do the trick at times.

      Coffee prices are going to continue to rise because of our changing climate and in support of the individual coffee bean growers. So I now make less but still work for the very best I can make when I do. 🙂

  • Cheryl Therrien

    One if the best cups if coffee I have ever had was at your house my friend. No one knows coffee like you,

    • Aw, thanks Cheryl. I so love my coffee maker. It does an amazing job. Of course good beans do help. :-)))

  • Beth – http://EncoreWomen.com

    When I was teaching school, I drank coffee because it was there. On the weekends I didn’t, and was always sleepy. So I don’t drink it at all but my husband does. Now, on the rare occasions when I need to make it for friends, I won’t be so ignorant! Thanks, Susan.

    • I am so glad I could help. I did the same thing, Beth, and it was pretty awful stuff. To counter that I added an whole lot of cream. When I did have a good cup of coffee, it was revelation and I have been in search of it ever since. 🙂

  • Pat Amsden

    A good cup of coffee in the morning is nirvana. Thank you for showing us how to achieve this. I suspect anyone invited to your house for coffee, with or without a small cake or other treat is happy to accept the invitation.

    • Hi Pat, It is that indeed. I never have an issue with people accepting an invite or what I offer…. LOL. 🙂

  • Not a coffee drinker

    • Can win them all Jo-Anne… LOL. What is your hot beverage of choice? 🙂

  • Tim

    I am big fan of my Bialetti coffee maker. I can take it with me all over the world and all I need to make a great cup is a flame; apart from the ground beans of course. They say every Italian household has one.

    • I’ve used this coffee maker in the past Tim. It does a great job. then it’s all up the beans and water temperature. 🙂

  • I didn’t know you could freeze coffee beans Susan. Must try that as I take forever to get through my bought ground cover bags. Love your coffee artwork by the way.

    • Thanks. 🙂 It was fun making them Heather.

      Yep, it works very well. I will portion out my beans by days or weeks which ever works best at the time and freeze those portions for future use.

  • HomeJobsbyMOM

    I’ve been thinking about coffee today. My grandfather loves the coffee at a local restaurant here but I’m trying to find it in k-cup form. Sadly they don’t make it so I’ll attempt to make my own. Your tips will help me!

    • Whenever you’ve discovered a good cup of coffee, it’s hard to go back Krystle. Good luck with making coffee for your grandfather enjoys. I know he will appreciate it. 🙂

  • Great post. I drink coffee all the time, lots of it. To me the most important thing is grinding the beans at the time your make the coffee. Happy to hear your recommendation on how much coffee to use. I had thought I used that much do to some sort of addiction (as in you need a larger dose to get the same jolt).

    • We are in the same league when it comes to coffee Ken. I too need a good jolt to get started in the morning. It really helps when it’s also a good cup of coffee. 🙂

  • I would be lost without my bean grinder! Sometimes the beans will be too dry and old, but I tend to have good luck with the big bags from Costco.

    • Hi Jeri, I’m with you about the grinder. I LOVE my grinder. Costco turns their stuff over pretty fast so you are more likely to get good fresh beans. 🙂

  • Lorraine Marie Reguly

    I am a tea drinker, so I fear I don’t have much to say about coffee. My mom couldn’t live without her six to eight cups a day, though!

    • I am too and pay just as much attention the the quality there as I do coffee. WOW, 6 to 8 cups is a bunch.

      • Lorraine Marie Reguly

        I know! I cannot believe how much she drinks. She even has to wake up at night just to use the facilities. But she’s grumpy as all get-out if she doesn’t have her coffee nearby. And forget about talking to her when she first wakes up… you have to wait until she’s had about 3 smokes and her first cup. Seriously.

  • Oh, Susan….this article is PERFECT for me. I love coffee as much as wine & analyze it like most of us do our wine. This article is humorous to me, though–all your points are spot on yet I am doing none of them! I do trust my old & reliable Krups I use, but I have been buying ground coffee & use the paper, throwaway filters….time to take a trip to the store, I think 😉
    Whats your favorite whole bean coffee to buy? I am a snob & try to only get an Organic blend.

    • Yay! Thank you. I am the same way. I obviously love a good quality cup of coffee too. I usually buy my coffee beans from Nugget. They are organic and award wining for a reason, always fresh and roasted to perfection. Then there is a local coffee roaster that I like that is pretty good too. 🙂

  • Debra Yearwood

    How clever. We all love a good cup of coffee, but if you’re anything like me it turns into a guessing game every time. This reminded me that it doesn’t have to be. 🙂

    • Thanks Debra, When it comes to coffee, I hate guessing. That why the search and research. It paid off. I now make a great cup of coffee at home, allot better then what I get out. That’s now a good and bad thing… LOL.

  • Jon Jefferson

    I used to be particular about my coffee (when I first started drinking it). But over the years my attitude has changed. Now I don’t really care too much as long as it’s black.

    I can never find anything I want to drink at the chain coffee shops. All their coffee is too froo froo for me. But there is a local shop that has oolong tea. That is something I can get into.

    • I never grew out of being particular Jon… LOL. I have now selected a few coffee shops that do a very good job. Regardless, what I make at home is now MUCH better then what I can find out, and it’s cheaper too. 🙂