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There are 2 keys to making coffee taste as good at home as in a fancy cafe.
1 – Water.
Coffee is 98% water, so if your tap water has an off-taste to it, so will your coffee!! Use filtered water.
2 – Quantity.
To be able to appreciate the complexities of a great coffee, you REALLY DO need to use 1.5 to 2 Tbsp of grounds for every coffee cup you are making. (in coffee pot terms, a “cup” is usually measured as 5 or 6 ounces) The exception is a perculator. You can use about 1 Tbsp of grounds per “cup” in a perculator because the water passes over the coffee so many times, it picks up more flavor out of it.
Those are the two biggest factors in why your coffee at home doesn’t taste like coffeeshop coffee. (Assuming, of course, that you’re starting with fresh, high quality beans) If you’re using Happy Mug Coffee beans, they are. We only buy the top 3% rated beans in any given country. Yep, someone’s job is to sit and drink coffee and rate them all day. Don’t be too jealous. For every GOOD mug of coffee, there were 30 bad ones. Then it still has to pass OUR tests. It has to be clean, fresh, and taste amazing. Then once we decide to buy it, we run several test batches and sample it many, many times to figure out the perfect roasting curve “recipe” before we ever put it up for sale.
It really doesn’t get any better than this…
So how do you make good coffee from one of our “4 cup” Sample Packets? Fill your coffee carafe up to the “4 cup” line using filtered water. Dump the ENTIRE packet into your filter. Use only that 4 cups of water to brew the coffee. Cream and sugar are optional. When you have coffee THIS good, and THIS fresh, you’ll be surprised at how sweet and flavorful it is. But drink it however you like it best. 77% of American coffee drinkers use sugar, cream, or both. Of course, 77% of coffee drinkers aren’t drinking coffee like this :)
Our favorite way to drink coffee is in a French Press (also known as a press pot or a vacuum press). We usually have a few in stock if you're looking for a good price on one.