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How to Make Coffee

In the specialty-coffee world, the level of obsession over how to brew the perfect cup has reached maddening levels of complexity. Here’s how to figure out the best brewing method for you.

A Chemex coffee maker with a metal Kone filter (photo at right)

Best Guides to Making Coffee

  • A Coffee-Geek Primer

    A champion barista takes on the dizzying world of coffee connoisseurship and tells how to brew a simple, perfect cup at home.

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    Coffee Beans
  • Vietnamese-Style Iced Coffee

    Cold-brewing involves steeping ground coffee in cold water. RBC NYC coffee bar uses the method here.

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    Vietnamese-Style Iced Coffee
  • Café Cubano

    A well-made café cubano has a thick layer of sweet crema (cream) floating over strong espresso. To get the crema right, whisk about 1 tablespoon of the espresso with sugar until it turns foamy, then pour the pot of espresso over it.

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    Café Cubano
Understanding Roast Levels
Expert Guide

Understanding Roasts

“There’s no one right roast level for beans,” says champion barista Michael Phillips. Here, a look at how the amount of roasting affects flavor.

Gifts for the Coffee Geek
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Gifts for the Coffee Geek

Le Creuset’s stoneware French press keeps coffee warm.

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