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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.