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Making the Perfect Cup

There is no mystery to making great coffee at home as long as you follow four basic steps
Sam Gugino
Issue: May 31, 2004

1. Properly grind beans just before brewing. Coffee beans lose freshness dramatically once they are ground, so grind them just before you brew the coffee. Burr grinders, which use steel plates to evenly grind the beans, are superior to blade grinders, which unevenly chop beans, resulting in uneven extraction of flavor.

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