September 23, 2020

One of the most common questions we get asked from customers and individuals starting to explore craft coffee is:

“How do I brew the perfect cup of coffee at home?”

And honestly, we wish we got the question more. Too often we see people stuck in their ways… i.e., brewing Folgers or Starbucks beans out of a Mr. Coffee automatic drip brewer. 

The components you choose for your at home brewing system has a huge impact on whether or not you’ll experience the full flavor potential and health benefits from the coffee bean. By pairing the right style of bean with a well-set-up brewing system, it’ll be much easier, and faster, to brew the perfect cup of coffee at your house. With a poorly set-up system, you could spend years of your life drinking the same quality of coffee that convenience stores serve… yuck! 

So whether you’re a seasoned craft coffee snob - we can say this, because we totally consider ourselves “craft coffee snobs” :) - or an everyday Folgers drinker wanting to step up your game, it’s worth taking the time to step back and make sure that you know what to look for when selecting the components for your at home brewing system. This will be the basis for ensuring you have the most flavorful cup of craft coffee at home. 

Table of Contents

In this lesson, we’ll give you an overview of the 4 important steps for brewing the perfect cup of coffee at home: 

  1. Choosing your craft coffee beans
  2. Storing your craft coffee beans
  3. Setting up your water source
  4. Choosing your craft coffee brewing method
  5. Grinding your craft coffee beans
  6. Optimizing your craft coffee brewing method

It’s crucial to get this foundation correct to maximize your at home cup of coffee’s potential. By the end of reading these resources, you’ll know exactly how to brew the perfect cup of coffee within your home :) 

How To Get The Most Out Of These Lessons

We recommend spending 2 minutes by reading the quick overview of the “Perfect Cup of Coffee” topics so you get a broad understanding of what you’ll be learning. When you get to the bottom of this article you can use the links to navigate to the more in-depth learning articles for each subject. 

Step 1: How To Choose Your Craft Coffee Beans

There’s so many coffee bean options on the market in today’s world that it can sometimes be overwhelming when trying to purchase new coffee beans. You might be asking yourself, what’s the difference between all of the different styles!?!?

We get it! Our goal is to give you a detailed overview of the different roast profiles to eliminate confusion so that you can make the right selection of craft coffee based on your taste preference.

Step 2: Storing Your Craft Coffee Beans For Optimal Freshness

If you’re like most consumers, you’re hoping to get the most “bang for your buck” when you make a purchase. But, when purchasing high quality craft coffee beans, you’ll often be spending a few more dollars for a 12oz of bag coffee than you would at the grocery store - or even Starbucks. That’s because you’re paying for quality when you buy craft coffee. Craft coffee roasters work hand in hand with coffee farmers to ensure the highest quality standards are met for sourcing the coffee beans that go into their roasters. 

We understand that you’re making a commitment to spending more money for a quality product, and we’d like to help eliminate the possibility of your beans going bad before you have a chance to brew and enjoy your coffee beans. There are 4 “killers” to coffee beans that we’ll discuss in this article. We’ll also provide you with solutions to eliminate the 4 killers so that you can maximize the shelf life of your newly purchased delicious tasting craft coffee beans. 

Step 3: Setting Up Your Craft Coffee Water Source

Most coffee consumers only think about the quality of their coffee beans without ever contemplating the quality of their water source. If you think about it, a cup of coffee only has two ingredients: coffee & water. Therefore, water quality should be taken as seriously as the quality of the coffee beans. In this article, we’ll show you the do’s and don’ts for ensuring you have a quality water source being poured over your delicious craft coffee beans every morning. 

Step 4: Choosing Your At Home Craft Coffee Brewing Method

When brewing coffee at home, there are several different options you can choose from. If you’re new to craft coffee, you’ve likely been using something like a Mr. Coffee or Bunn coffee pot to brew your coffee up to this point. And there’s nothing wrong with this! In this article, we’ll explain what situations a coffee pot is best utilized. We’ll also introduce two other at home brewing methods to consider based on your household’s consumption amounts. 

Next Steps ⬇️

Now that you’ve read through an overview of the 4 Steps For Brewing The Perfect Cup of Coffee At Home, it’s time to dive in to the details on choosing your craft coffee beans. Use the link below to get started! 

Step 1: How To Choose Your Craft Coffee Beans