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How to Enhance Coffee Taste

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There's nothing quite like waking up to the rich, vibrant aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Even that subtle brewing sound is enough to wake up your senses. So that first sip meets your taste expectations, there are a few things you can do to ensure you get the best, most satisfying cup.

It Starts with the Beans
A great cup of coffee begins with great coffee beans. While store-bought coffee grounds do the trick, purchasing fresh-roasted, whole beans to grind yourself is what's really going to enhance the flavor of your drip coffee. With the Mr. Coffee® Automatic Burr Mill you can grind coffee beans like a pro - for rich and layered, robust flavor. It's also important to use the beans as soon as you've ground them because that is when their most bodied flavors begin to emerge.

Grinding the beans yourself will make for an even better cup of drip coffee.Grinding the beans yourself will make for an even better cup of drip coffee.

Water Matters
You may not think twice when filling up your coffee maker with water each morning. However, both quality and quantity of the water you use are key for brewing a tasty cup. If you're using tap water, let the faucet run for a few seconds before filling your carafe and be sure that the water is cold. Of course if your tap water cannot be used, filtered or bottled water are good options, but avoid using softened or distilled water. The Mr. Coffee® Water Filtration Disk can also be used in most Mr. Coffee® Coffee Maker models to remove up to 97 percent of chlorine. 

When it comes to quantity, the general rule of thumb is one to two tablespoons of coffee grounds for every six ounces of water. If you prefer your coffee stronger, feel free to adjust this ratio accordingly. Moreover, don't forget that a small portion of water is evaporated during the brewing process.The water window in the Mr. Coffee® Advanced Brew 5-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker allows you to see the precise water level so you don't add too much water..

Keeping it Clean
It should go without saying that keeping all of your coffee-making and grinding equipment clean is important. Build up can cause your brew to taste bitter. Cleaning after each use is a great habit and taking the time to perform a more thorough, deep-cleaning after 90 day cycles to will help keep your drip coffee maker in tip-top shape. Check out this article to learn how to properly clean your coffee maker.

All filters and filter baskets should also be rinsed well after each use. And if you're using paper filters, running them under cool water before brewing will prime them for optimal filtration. It will also remove any impurities. Some prefer the taste of coffee better when it's brewed with a reusable filter, like the Mr. Coffee® Gold Tone Permanent Filter. Besides enhancing taste, it is a great way to cut down on waste. 

If using paper filters, be sure to rinse them with cold water before brewing.If using paper filters, be sure to rinse them with cold water before brewing.

Enjoying the Coffee
When you've followed the above tips, you'll have a cup of coffee that tastes great, wakes you up, and gets you moving. Try out some new coffee recipes today!