6. Ensure the water is the right temperature.
Water needs to be hot to extract the flavor from coffee, with the exception of cold brew which takes hours.
The recommended temperature is 195-205 degrees fahrenheit. Water above 205 degrees can cause bitterness, and below 195 degrees may not extract the flavors we love. Most automatic brewers are temperature controlled. If you are doing a manual brew method like pour over or French press, and do not have a temperature controlled kettle, we suggest boiling the water and then letting it sit for 1 minute.
It’s also a good idea to warm your french press, or wet the paper and cone of your pour over with heated water before brewing to help maintain the right temp through the brewing process.