We’ve made a list of the top 5 most common coffee brewing mistakes people make. Avoiding these mistakes will help you make a consistent cup of fresh coffee every time.

Top 5 coffee brewing mistakes people make:

Mistake #1

Putting your coffee beans / grinds in the freezer


Coffee should always be stored in a cool and dry place. Leaving it in the freezer causes it to lose it’s freshness  and absorb unwanted moisture

Mistake #2

Not using enough coffee per cup


Most people use much less than the recommended 1-2 Tablespoons per 6oz of water used resulting in watery or weak coffee.

Mistake #3

Using tap / unfiltered water


Use filtered or bottled water if your tap water is not good or imparts a strong odor or taste, such as chlorine. It may sound silly, but since Coffee is only made with 2 ingredients, the quality of the water is very important.

Mistake #4

Using the wrong grind for a given brew style


Most people don’t know that you need to grind your beans differently based on the way you brew your coffee

Mistake #5

Brewing at the wrong temperature


The ideal coffee brewing temperature is between 195 and 205 degrees or about 30-45 seconds off of boil. Using coffee right off of the boil will results in bitter coffee. Conversely, if you let the water cool for too long your coffee will taste weak.

Here is an article we love from SeriousEats that helps break down why your coffee tastes the way it does and how to fix it up in no time.

There is a lot more that goes into making a perfect and consistent cup of coffee, but by following these simple rules you’ll be able to cut out the majority of coffee brewing mistakes most people make.

Looking to get more into coffee brewing? Check out the 5 pieces of coffee gear that you’ll need to become a coffee brewmaster.

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An entrepreneur and musician, Michael quit his full-time job in the corporate world to assemble a band of fellow storytellers, travelers, and coffee-lovers as enthusiastic as himself to share the unique stories and coffee from around the world.