How to make the Ideal Cup of Coffee.

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Ideal cup of coffee

Many people are asking me for tips on how to make a great cup of coffee. Not only have I invested a great amount of time finding wonderful rich coffee to roast, I have also invested into learning how to brew an ideal cup of coffee. I was originally going to use the word “perfect” instead of “ideal” in the title. Alas, too many people pointed out to me that perfection is impossible. Yet, excellence is achievable, so I will be happy to share what is needed to create the finest cup of coffee. If you choose to change even ONE of the elements in the list below during your preparation process, you will find a nice improvement over the traditional way of brewing coffee.

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Ideal cup of coffee

Check List

Fresh whole bean Tap Dancers Specialty coffee (available at )

Clever Dripper (available at

#4 filter

Filtered/bottled water

Coffee Grinder

Something to boil water



Digital scale


Spoon or stirrer


Set your coffee cup/mug on the scale and press tare. That will enable you to measure the weight of the water and not have to subtract the weight of the cup. Fill the cup with filter/bottled water (my favorite mug uses 12 ounces).  Divide the weight of the water by 17. That will tell you how much coffee to use.  In my case, the answer is .70 ounces of coffee.

Then, pour the water into the water boiler. I use a little electric boiler instead of the microwave because it is actually faster, automatically turns off once it reaches the boiling point and I do not have to deal with a hot coffee mug.

While the water is boiling I weigh out my fresh roasted Tap Dancers Specialty Coffee beans and proceed to grind them. Because I am using the Clever Dripper, I use a medium grind.  Place the #4 filter into the Clever Dripper then place the ground coffee into the #4 filter.

The proper temperature for the water should be 200 degrees plus or minus 5 degrees. If the water is too cold you get a sour cup. If the water is too hot you end up with a bitter cup. So, once the water starts to boil, pour the boiling water into your mug first. This action helps cool the water down a bit. Put your thermometer in the water and start the stopwatch. By timing how long it takes for the water to cool to the proper temperature, you will not need the thermometer each time.

Once the water “cools” to 200 degrees pour the water into the Clever Dripper, place cover on top and start the stopwatch. This is when the magic starts to happen. The coffee and water are now infusing. The elapsed infusion time is between 2-4 minutes depending on your preference. Halfway through the brewing process uncover the Clever Dripper and give the slurry a quick stir with a spoon or stirrer. When the time is up, place the Clever Dripper on top of your coffee mug and let it filter/drain into your waiting cup.

Sit down, relax and enjoy your ideal cup of coffee.

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