10 Things to Know about Coffee

Get more gusto from your grinds with our top coffee tips.

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Coffee Water and the French Press
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Coffee Water and the French Press

6. The water matters. If your tap water tastes weird, it's doing your brew no favors. Filter it. Then, pay attention to temperature. The water needs to reach from 195° to 205°, and many automatic-drip coffeemakers don't reach that mark. The best way to control temperature is to use a brewing method that requires you to heat the water yourself. Two words: French press. The extra work is worth it.

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