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.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands May 31, 2004.
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