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Use Filtered Water

Listen, if you don't like the taste of your tap water, you're not going to like the taste of your coffee brewed with that tap water. Opt for filtered instead.


Get a Decent Grinder

For the most flavorful coffee, grind your own beans just before brewing. Coffee experts will tell you to use a burr mill for the best results (they're sooooo fancy), but for a less expensive option, an electric "whirly blade" coffee grinder will do the trick.


Store Beans and Grounds Properly

For beans: Store a week's worth in an airtight container on your countertop, since you know it'll be used right away. Then keep the rest of the beans in the freezer until you need a refill.

For grounds: Always store in an airtight container on your countertop. Keep in mind ground coffee lasts only about two weeks, so drink up.

Learn the art of Cold-Brewing

Think of the money you'll save over the course of the summer--or even a year. Our how-to video breaks it down. (Hint: It's easier than you think.)

Foam Your Own Milk

All you need is a microwave to get coffeehouse-worthy froth that can be used on a regular cup of joe or a cappuccino.

Clean Your Coffee Machine

You've got to wash that bad boy on the reg.

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