(Closed) Why can I never make a good cup of coffee at home??! >:-0

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Post # 16
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1211 posts
Bumble bee

Drip coffee is the devil. Get some Lavazza grounds and a Moka Pot.

Post # 17
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305 posts
Helper bee

I use whole bean coffee and grind it myself.  Some coffee purists might scoff at this, but I also use flavored coffee beans. My favorite is hazelnut (followed by caramel, then vanilla) and I feel like the hazelnut flavor gets rid of the bitterness of plain coffee.<br /><br />I like my coffee strong, so I grind it pretty finely, and use extra per cup.

Post # 18
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I never like coffee at home, no matter what the method and then I got a Nespresso machine for my birthday. Haven’t had a bad cup since.. You can make everything depending on the machine too (straight espresso, lattes, americanos, etc.).

Post # 19
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

I don’t drink coffee, but knowing those that do, here are a few things I’ve learned to improve flavor… grind your own beans, as many have said. Use a french press or percolator, that way you can control the temperature better. If your coffee is bitter, it may be that the water is too hot and scalding the coffee. 

Post # 21
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

BurlapnLace:  I love my french press. I come from a family of coffee snobs, and I’ve got a 500$ espresso maker, the 200$ pod coffee/ espresso maker, and the cuisanart coffee maker. The french press beats them all for easy, rich dark coffee. I grind fresh ( make sure your coffee beans are fresh and not purchased at the grocery store), and always use Starbucks french roast because it’s dark but not bitter. The Italian roast hits me as bitter sometimes. 

The trick is, for me anyway because I love a creamy flavor, the perfect milk/ cream. I like to mix half and half with 2% and being to soft boil on stovetop, but it isn’t frothy. I’ve purchased a few frothers but they always break. So this is an ongoing issue.

the best taste for cream is something I am against due to whats in it, but I love the taste: Mocha Mix. Seriously. To die for. Good luck! 

 

I can’t tag the Bee who linked to the amazon espresso maker thst looks like a step up from the french press, but I am going to try that! Thanks! 

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

BurlapnLace:  what brand of coffee are you getting (and how are you getting it–ground, whole bean)? mr. h and i can be broke as a joke and we will still buy a higher quality coffee that’s more expensive because i can’t deal with being broke and hating my coffee, haha

i agree with PPs recommendations of adjusting the grind and the type of coffee, so i won’t retype that. if you’re looking for a strong, smooth cup of coffee i highly recommend getting some jamaican blue mountain coffee (actual JBM coffee, not imitation), and sweetening it with about 2 tbs of sweetened condensed milk, and a packet of sugar in the raw. i drank that every single day when i lived in jamaica, and it’s AWESOME and rich and fabbbbb.

 

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I think it might be the coffee and the courseness. If you are grinding your own beans you have to make sure the coarseness is appropriate for each particular method of brewing.  I have an espresso maker I use to make shots and cappacinos, and i also have a nice auto drip coffee maker.  i must say that I prefer any of the coffee I make over coffee shops.   If your coffee is too bitter you are going to want to buy a lighter roast bean.  Also- try with filtered/ bottle water.  Sometimes that makes a difference. 

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