How to Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee

David Kingsbury
7 min readJul 12, 2023
Photo by Fahmi Fakhrudin on Unsplash

I am a huge coffee lover (‘addict’ is probably a more accurate term at this point). Ever since I was introduced to fresh coffee in my teens, I’ve been searching for the perfect cup.

Malcolm Gladwell famously said it takes 10,000 hours to master something. Well, I have made 10,000 cups of coffee — and I’ve learned a few things in that time. So here’s my advice for making barista-level coffee at home.

What coffee to buy

The biggest bang for your buck is to buy whole beans instead of ground coffee. Years ago, I once had an incredible cup of coffee at a friend’s house. I asked him what brand of coffee it was, and he said it was the cheapest supermarket beans he could find.

The trick, it turns out, is to grind the beans just before you make the coffee so it’s as fresh as possible. And, to prolong their freshness, store your beans in the freezer.

Once you start buying beans like a true coffee connoisseur, your first investment should be a grinder. A basic electric model will suffice. But, if you want to get fancy, get a burr grinder, which will give you greater control over the fineness of the grounds.

It may seem like a minor point, but the consistency of your grounds will affect how your coffee turns out. You want it to be like fine sand, not…



David Kingsbury

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