Author/Submitted by: Betty Crocker's Cookbook, 6th Edition
Always use fresh coffee and freshly drawn cold water. Never use hot water, especially in automatic coffee makers; it changes percolating time.
Serve steaming-hot coffee as soon as possible after brewing. If coffee must stand any length of time, remove grounds and hold coffee at serving temperature over very low heat.
Keep ground coffee tightly covered.
PREPARATION METHODS - Automatic: Follow manufacturer's directions for selecting grind of coffee (special ones are available), measuring and brewing the coffee and holding the coffee at serving temperature.
Drip: Measure cold water and heat to boiling. Preheat coffeepot by rinsing with very hot water. Measure drip-grind coffee into filter paper in cone or into filter section of coffee-pot depending on the type of drip pot used. Pour measured fresh boiling water into upper container; cover. When dripping is completed, remove upper container and filter section.
COFFEE CHART - Strength For each serving* of Brew/Ground Coffee/Water. Weak: 1 level tb: 3/4 cup. Medium: 2 level tb 3/4 cup. Strong: 3 level tb 3/4 cup. *Best general recommendation.
Start with a thoroughly clean coffee maker. Wash after each use with hot, soapy water and rinse well with hot water; never scour with an abrasive pad. When cleaning an automatic coffee maker, follow the manufacturer's directions.