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Perfect Brew

There's nothing better than a cup of steaming hot coffee to get you going in the morning! But let's face it, hitting up the drive through everyday can really add up. So, how do you brew the perfect cup at home?

Kat Cosley, host of Deals, asked the experts at Java Pura Coffee Roasters for a few tips in brewing in the perfect cup of coffee.

"I like to drink coffee within two weeks of roasting," he said. "Once we roast the green bean and it turns brown and it's in a bag, it's like a vegetable, it starts degrading in quality," said Fielding Cocke, co-owner.

To extend its life, he says you can freeze it within 48 hours of roasting. He recommends not only looking for the word "fresh" but find the "roast on" date which guarantees it.

"You see other beans that are visible in large bins we prefer to have ours in packages, the quality control is there for us so we know how long it's been in the package because of that roast on date, the bins don't necessarily have a roast on date and you don't know how long they've been in there," Fielding said.

Many local roasters also "cup" their coffees to ensure quality.

"What we're doing is atomizing the coffee over the palette," he said. "There's a wonderful fruit component in this coffee."

Fielding recommends 1.5 ounces of coffee beans per 10 cups of water.

"From there you can taste it and you can decide whether you like a little bit bolder taste," he said.

The next step is to use a grinder

"Grinding fresh really makes a difference," he said. "There are plenty of grinders out on the market, in a pinch blade grinder's can work but Burr grinder's preferred."

He prefers a medium grind. The larger granules are for soaking in water for a longer period of time. Water makes a big difference, Fielding says, if you're looking for that perfect cup -- use filtered water. When looking for coffee pots, he says, find one with a brewing temperature between 198-204 degrees, has a gold filter and multi-faceted drip system.

"It disperses the water perfectly over the grounds using nine little dispersion holes so you get a great extraction versus a coffee maker that drops the water one drop at a time in the center of the coffee grounds," he said.

Even if you're in a hurry, he advises against grinding the night before.

"Once you grind it, it's a disappearing act, the flavors and the wonderful bright spots and fruit flavors start going away pretty much immediately," he said.

"It's pennies per cup, you've just bought a pound of coffee for $14, 1.5 ounces of beans out of that makes 10 cups," he said.

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