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March 03, 2023 4 min read

Calling all coffee lovers! There's nothing quite like a good cup of coffee to start your day off on the right foot. But what do you do when your home-brewed coffee just isn't cutting it?

Fear not, my fellow coffee enthusiasts! We've got you covered with these seven tips for how to brew better tasting coffee at home.


Tip #1: Use fresh roasted coffee beans

Let's start with the most important coffee ingredient: the coffee beans. Using fresh roasted beans is one of the most crucial steps in brewing better tasting coffee.

Coffee beans start to lose their flavor and aroma as soon as they are roasted, so using beans that have been sitting on the shelf for months just won't cut it.

Fresh roasted beans retain more of their natural oils and flavors, resulting in a more delicious cup of coffee. 

Here at Milwaukee Coffee Co., our beans are roasted within days of you ordering them and shipped directly to you so you assured of getting the freshest beans possible short of roasting them yourself!

And we offer a variety of freshly roasted beans that are sure to satisfy even the most discerning coffee aficionados.


Tip #2: Grind your beans right before brewing

For the best flavor, grind your beans right before brewing. This ensures that the actual coffee grounds are as fresh as possible, which makes a big difference in the taste of your coffee.

When coffee is ground, it starts to lose its flavor and aroma, so the closer you can grind to the time of brewing, the better.

If you really want to take your brew to the next level, use a burr grinder.  It will give you a more consistent grind size, which is important for even extraction.


Tip #3: Use the right amount of coffee

Using the right amount of coffee is crucial in achieving the perfect cup.

The standard ratio is about 2 tablespoons of coffee per 6 ounces of water, but always feel free to adjust based on your personal preference.

Too little coffee will result in a weak, watery cup, while too much will make your coffee bitter and overpowering. Using a digital scale to measure your coffee and water can help ensure consistency and accuracy.


Tip #4: Use high-quality water

The second most important ingredient in your coffee?  Your water!  Water makes up the majority of your coffee, so using high-quality water is key.

If your tap water tastes funny, it will affect the taste of your coffee. So consider using filtered or bottled water to get the best results.

You don't need to use fancy mineral water, but make sure your water is free of any unpleasant tastes or odors.


Tip #5: Brew at the right temperature

Water temperature is also important in achieving the perfect cup.

The ideal temperature for brewing coffee is between 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit. If the water is too hot, it will over-extract the coffee and result in a bitter taste.

If the water is too cold, it won't extract enough flavor and your coffee will be weak. Using a digital thermometer or an electric kettle with temperature control can help ensure your water is at the right temperature.


Tip # 6: Don't over-brew your coffee

Leaving your coffee to brew for too long will result in a bitter taste. Ideally, you should only brew your coffee for about 4-5 minutes.

Any longer than that, and you risk over-extracting the coffee, which will make it taste burnt and unpleasant.

Using the timer on your phone or a coffee maker with a built-in timer can help ensure you don't over-brew your coffee.

Tip #7: Clean your equipment regularly




Cleaning your equipment is an often-overlooked step in the process of making better tasting coffee.

Residue and oil build-up can accumulate over time, affecting the taste of your coffee and even causing it to taste sour or bitter.

It's recommended to clean your equipment every few months, or more frequently if you use it daily (which we definitely do).

A simple way to clean your coffee maker is to run a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar through it, followed by a few cycles of plain water. For your grinder, use a dry brush to remove any coffee residue, and then wipe it down with a damp cloth.


Moral of the story?  When it comes to how to brew better tasting coffee at home, the devil is in the details!

Using fresh roasted beans, grinding your beans right before brewing, using the right amount of coffee, high-quality water, brewing at the right temperature, not over-brewing your coffee, and cleaning your equipment regularly are all important steps in achieving the perfect cup.

And of course, don't forget to use fresh roasted beans from Milwaukee Coffee Co. to really up your coffee game!

With these tips in mind, you'll be well on your way to brewing a delicious cup of coffee that will make you feel like a barista in your own home.

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