Rise and Grind: A beginner's guide to better coffee at home.

Trying to get your coffee at home to taste like it does in your favorite coffee shop?

Say no more, friend. Here are three easy steps to brewing your best cup of coffee yet.

#1 Buy Fresh

We love a classic cup of Folgers as much as the next sleepy-headed dad in his underwear, but the fact is most grocery store coffee has been sitting on the shelf for a long time, and that time takes a toll on the flavor of the coffee.

Easiest fix? Buy fresh!

Most small batch coffee roasters throw a "Roasted On" date on the bag to help you keep track of freshness. We recommend trying to brew your coffee within 3 months of that roasted on date.

Grab a bag and see for yourself!

#2 Grind Fresh

We'll admit it; grinding coffee isn't the most soothing sound to wake up to, but the difference freshly ground coffee can make to your morning cup is undeniable.

This is because coffee starts oxidizing (aging) at a faster rate once ground, so grinding fresh is your best bet for getting the most out of that freshly roasted coffee you bought. Generally speaking, you want to brew your coffee within ten minutes of grinding.

Pro Tip: Go for a burr grinder for a more consistent grind, and much better cup of coffee as a result.

Make the change, and try to tell us we're wrong... bet you wont.

#3 Use a Brew Ratio

Whether you're looking to brew up a single cup for yourself or for a group of friends, when it comes to coffee, consistency is key. We want the same delicious cup of coffee every time.

Our recommendation? Find a brew ratio and stick to it.

A brew ratio is a simple tool for making sure the amount of coffee and water used is consistent, regardless of batch size. Start with a 17:1 ratio or 17 milliliters of water for every 1 gram of coffee used. When one number changes, the other changes accordingly, and you get the same great coffee every time.

Once you've got the hang of that, try adjusting the ratio to learn what you like. Less water for a stronger cup. More if you need to tone it down a bit. 

Don't have a scale to measure grams? No worries. Try 2 tablespoons per 1 cup (8oz) water.

Once you find your ratio, lock it in for the perfect brew strength every time! 

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