How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Coffee

By Robin Hilmantel | Last Updated April 01, 2015
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Get a fix of coffee know-how.  Edible's guide to brewing the best pour-over coffee, roasting your own beans, and making authentic Greek frappés at home.

Most coffee aficionados will tell you that we’re in the third wave of java: The first happened when instant coffee arrived, allowing anyone to brew a cup of joe at home (think the introduction of Folgers in the 19th century). The second wave arrived with the concept of specialty brews, and automatic coffee machines started appearing in homes in the 1960s and ’70s. The third wave, which has been going on for the past decade or so, is about a new breed of gourmet coffee. Yes, it’s pricier, but coffee shops across the country are sourcing higher-quality beans and experimenting with different roasting and brewing methods to make the best flavors possible. Home brewers are striving to do the same, as evidenced in the Edible communities’ guide to brewing the best pour-over coffee, roasting your own beans, and making authentic Greek frappés at home.

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