How do you make a great cup of coffee at home?
First, start with great coffee. For us at Sweet Maria's, that means selecting good quality specialty coffee and roasting your own coffee at home. We have a huge selection of green coffees for roasting at home. For those of you who do not roast at home - we do a small amount of roasting - those offerings are described on our Roasted Coffee page.
Next, choose the type of brewing that suits you. No brewing method is "best" - it is largely a matter of personal preference. Some brewing methods are more suited to one type of coffee than another, for example, vacuum brewing tends to emphasize the delicate flavors in a cup, whereas espresso brewing makes a potent concentrate. Some methods are simpler, some more complicated (the process takes longer, requires a special mill, etc).
Check out our selection of brewers below.
With all types of brewing, you need to use good-tasting, fresh water and clean equipment. Water must be heated to between 195 and 205 degrees Farenheit. The proper grind is also essential for maximum flavor extraction. And of course don't forget to clean your equipment! We have more tips on the Brewing Fundmentals page. And you can read user comments about all types of brewing on the Sweet Maria's Forum.