How do you make the best cup of coffee at home?

First, start with great coffee. For us at Sweet Maria's, that means selecting good quality specialty coffee and roasting your own coffee at home. We have a huge selection of green coffees for roasting at home. For those of you who do not roast at home - we do have a small amount of roasting that we do - those offerings are described on our Roasted Coffee page.

Next, you need to choose the type of brewing that suits you best. No brewing method is "best" - it is largely a matter of personal preference. Some brewing methods are more suited to one type of coffee than another, for example, vacuum brewing tends to emphasize the delicate flavors in a cup, whereas espresso brewing makes a potent concentrate. Some brewing methods are simpler, some are more complicated (the process takes longer, require a special coffee mill, etc). With any type of brewing method, you need to use good-tasting, fresh water and clean equipment. Water must be heated to between 195 and 205 degrees Farenheit. The proper brewing temperature and the proper grind are essential for maximum flavor extraction. And of course don't forget to clean your equipment! We have more tips on brewing on the Brewing Fundmentals page. And you can read user comments about all types of brewing on the Sweet Maria's Forum.

We offer a wide variety of brewing equipment:

Cleaner cup brewing methods

Manual pour-over drip brewing is one of the cheapest, easiest ways to make little or a lot of coffee. All you need is good quality paper filters and a filtercone holder.
Invented by a chemist to improve filter-type (infusion) brewing, the glass one-piece brewer seems like the cornerstone to this method, but actually it is the Chemex brand filters.
Certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) to brew at the correct 200 degrees Fahrenheit, the Technivorm brewers are our favorite electric drip brewers.
Widely used before paper coffee filters became popular, vacuum brewers make coffee with pronounced body and no sediment; very clean and crisp; a cup where flavors are dramatic and heightened in every respect.

More concentrated brewing methods

French Press brewing is a great way to make a powerful cup of coffee quickly and simply.
The AeroPress is a new coffee making system ideal for travel, or brewing a small amount at the home or office. It makes a very clean, sediment-free concentrated cup in a short period of time, with easy cleanup.
Moka Pot stovetop brewers produce a dense cup that's something between espresso and Turkish coffee.
or Briki, or Jesvah, or Pannikin many names for the same thing! These aren't quite espresso brewers, but they make a very concentrated small amount of coffee.