Coffee is enjoyed throughout the world, making brewing the perfect cup a skilled art form. The difference between average coffee and superior coffee can be achieved through three simple steps.

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Step one is clean your coffee pot. Not properly cleaning your coffee pot can leave oils from old batches. There can also be leftover soap residue from poorly rinsing out the pot. Either way, a clean coffee pot will lead to a better tasting cup of coffee.

The key to getting your pot clean is to use baking soda and water. The pot must be rinsed thoroughly to insure that nothing is left behind that may alter the taste of your coffee.

Step two is to use filtered water when making your coffee. Coffee at its simplest is basically flavored water. So, the more pure your water, the more the taste of your coffee will come out. Use bottled water or filtered water which are free of minerals and chlorine. The use of better filters will help your coffee achieve an optimum taste too. Replace paper filters with higher quality stainless steel or gold mesh filters. Cheap paper filters may release bleach, dyes and/or chlorine into your coffee. Unbleached, brown paper filters will alleviate some of these issues if you want to stick with paper.

Step three is simply use high quality and fresh coffee. It will cost more, but it will consistently produce a better cup of coffee. For the freshest coffee, it is worth the little extra time required to grind the beans yourself. The difference is taste and freshness is notieceable from pre

Tip #3 Use Fresh Quality Coffee. Quality coffee costs more but will consistently produce better tasting coffee. For the best results use quality, whole bean coffee and grind the coffee beans just prior to use. You might think it's an inconvenience compared to ground coffee, but once you taste the difference you'll never go back. If you still want to use ground coffee, make sure you use a good, drip grind coffee. Use 2 level tablespoons of coffee per 6 ounces of water. This can be adjusted for individual taste preference. Make sure to spread the grounds evenly in the coffee filter so full brewing is achieved. Drink your fresh coffee right away for the best flavor. Coffee will break down quickly if left on a heat source. Coffee should never be reheated or microwaved. A clean, preheated air pot or stainless steel Thermos will keep coffee hot for about an hour without hurting the flavor. If you follow these 3 simple tips, every cup you brew will be perfect coffee.