The BEST Coffee Recipe – How to Brew the Perfect Cup Every Time

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Learn how to brew the perfect cup of coffee that tastes consistent day after day. Use this brewed coffee recipe to make a cup of coffee that you will love.

Making coffee may seem like rocket science because it is so frustrating when your coffee doesn’t taste the same day after day.

But the solution to making the perfect cup of coffee is really simple – it’s a recipe.

You wouldn’t think that you need a recipe to brew coffee.

It doesn’t feel like you are cooking something.

You are just putting the coffee in the filter, adding water, and pressing a button. How hard can it be?

person pouring coffee from a coffee press into a glass mug

For the longest time, I, too, resisted the recipe idea.

And every time I made a pot of coffee the brew tasted different.

Surprise, surprise.

I really didn’t like starting my morning off inconsistently.

A good cup of coffee is just one of those simple pleasures in life, that I look forward to every day.

Of course, you could buy a single serve coffee maker. I’ve been through a few of these and this is the Keurig coffee maker that I have now, but sometimes it’s fun to go the old fashioned route and actually brew coffee in a drip machine or percolator.

And when you are making coffee for a crowd, brewing a full pot is definitely more economical.

Finding the Best Coffee Recipe

The thing about coffee is that everyone’s tastes are different.

The perfect cup of coffee is really a matter of personal preference.

The taste of your brew will vary based on the following factors:

  • the kind of coffee that you are using
  • the amount of coffee that you use
  • the amount of water that you use, and
  • your taste preference

You will need to find the coffee to water ratio that tastes best to you.

The only way to brew coffee exactly right is through a bit of trial and error.

But once you get the formula down, you will be able to repeat that perfect cup time and time again.

The key is to take notes as you brew your coffee each morning – until you get your own recipe perfectly right.

I will say it again – be sure to take notes as you experiment – because you are essentially creating your own brewed coffee recipe.

You will need to write down the following:

  • the brand of coffee that you are using,
  • the amount of water you are adding to your coffee machine,
  • and the number of tablespoons of coffee that you are using.

Make sure to use the same coffee scoop every time you make the coffee and make a note if you use heaping tablespoons or flat.

Luckily, you don’t need to start from scratch. Use my brewed coffee recipe below as your starting point.

My Personal Brewed Coffee Recipe

This is the coffee recipe that I use to make my perfect cup of coffee.

Pictured below is my formula for making the perfect coffee written on my little cheat sheet that I tape inside my cabinet.

Usually I brew the 6 tablespoon to 9 cups of water ratio for two people.

The brand I use is Eight O’Clock Coffee Original.

cheat sheet with coffee measurements written on it

Here are the ratios of coffee to water broken down:

  • 3 heaping tablespoons coffee with 4 1/2 cups of water
  • 4 heaping tablespoons coffee with 6 cups of water
  • 5 heaping tablespoons coffee with 7 1/2 cups of water
  • 6 heaping tablespoons coffee with 9 cups of water
  • 7 heaping tablespoons coffee with 10 1/2 cups of water
  • 8 heaping tablespoons coffee with 12 cups of water

This recipe applies to drip machines and to coffee for percolators as well

Scale Your Coffee Recipe

Coffee scoop in Pyrex bowl

Once you perfect your brewed coffee recipe, you can figure out how many scoops of coffee and how much water you will need for a bigger or smaller pot (similar to doubling or halving a recipe).

Then take your finished recipe along with the scale notes and tape it up somewhere near your coffee maker.

Repeat the process for each different brand of coffee that you buy – because each brand will require a different recipe.

How to Brew the Best Tasting Single Serve Coffee

Believe it or not, if you use the Keurig brewing system or other single serve coffee system, the same procedure applies.

Every K cup is a different boldness and roast – so you will definitely need a little cheat sheet so you can remember the settings you use to brew each one to your liking.

How to Brew the Best Coffee using Whole Coffee Beans

Do you prefer whole bean coffee? Not a problem!

This post will help you create a system for brewing the perfect pot of coffee with freshly ground whole beans.

Creating Your Best Coffee Recipe is Easy

As you can see, there isn’t a coffee recipe that will work for everybody.

People have different tastes,

The best solution is to create a custom recipe that will be perfect for you – simply do the following:

  • take note of the brand of coffee that you use,
  • how much coffee you use,
  • and how much water you put in.

If you are a coffee lover, share your favorite recipe and coffee to water ratios in the comments below.

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3 Comments

  1. Thank you Neena!
    I am one who struggled making a good cup of coffee! I decided to look it up and there you were !!! I am enjoying a cup of perfect brewed coffee for one . 1/8 cup of fine grounds to one large cup of cold water ! Perfect for me ?
    MJ

    1. Hi MaryJean,
      I am so glad my article helped – because there is nothing better than a great cup of coffee!

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