Nutrition: An 8-ounce cup of black coffee contains less than 2 calories, but almost 95 milligrams of caffeine coffee's natural stimulant. Coffee also is high in riboflavin (vitamin B2). Recent research shows coffee may help fight diabetes and liver cancer, but it may also increase cholesterol.
Selection: Fresh roasted beans make better coffee. For peak flavor, use whole beans within three days of roasting. Fresh roasted beans stay fresh for two weeks with proper storage. (Green unroasted beans can keep for a year.)
Storage: Keep your beans out of the refrigerator (and away from onions). Coffee absorbs flavors and aromas from other foods. Instead, store coffee at room temperature in a sealed container in a cool, dark place.
Preparation: Once ground, coffee starts losing flavor. So, grind your own beans if possible just before brewing. For a strong cup, use 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per serving. Since a cup of coffee is mostly water, use filtered water for better taste. Coffee tastes best fresh, too; drink it within 15 minutes of brewing.
How to brew: That's a great debate. But coffee experts recommend two simple methods: French press or hand drip. In a French press pot, add boiling water to the grinds and let steep for four minutes. (Plunging the screen to the bottom allows coffee's natural oils to remain in the coffee.) Hand-drip cones brew one cup at a time; just add boiling water to a tablespoon of coffee.
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