How to make the perfect brew of coffee

Coffee, the lifeline of the modern age, is a drink that has become essential for most people. Millions of tons of coffee get guzzled down every day the world over and for some, the day has not fully started until a cup of coffee has found its way down their stomachs.
The brewing of coffee is a science as well as an art, different techniques and procedures of brewing the perfect blend are used daily. What exactly is the perfect blend? Coffee is a personal drink and different people have different ideas of what a perfect brew should taste like.
There are different roasts of coffee beans and beans from different places that have their unique distinct tastes. These, coupled with the method of preparation of the coffee maker for different tastes and flavors of the drink. Back to our task of brewing the perfect coffee drink for us, as has been noted above, coffee taste is a matter of different strokes for different folks. So, what is perfect for you might get me wrinkling my nose in disgust. All the same, there are some techniques and procedures that are general features of coffee brewing that need to be mastered.
The first and most important thing is the beans being used, it’s been said that great coffee starts with great beans. Getting the perfect brew will largely be affected by the type of coffee you use. Some of the things that affect the flavor of the beans include the variety of the beans, i.e robusta, Arabica, or a blend of the two, the texture of the ground beans, the type of beans roast, and finally the country/region of origin of the coffee beans. Try different combinations of these to see what strikes that cord in you and send you shivering with pleasure.
Secondly, try as much as possible to make use of fresh coffee beans. An essential for a quality brew is the time of roasting the beans. Freshly roasted coffee tends to have higher quality than stale roasts. Also, never reuse coffee grounds. The first use generally milks the ground off all the flavor it has, reusing grounds only makes for bitter tastes and thin coffees.
Thirdly, the type of water you use in making your coffee determines the taste and quality you’ll get from your brew. It’s advisable to use bottled or filtered water for your brew. Tap water can also be used, but ensure that the water doesn’t have a strong taste, i.e of chlorine. As much as possible, keep away from distilled water, don’t ruin the flavor with softened water.
Lastly, take note of the grind of the beans. Grind the beans as close as possible to when you will be brewing your coffee. Do not grind a year’s supply in advance, the fresher the grind, the better the taste you extract from it. The grind of the beans has a great effect on the quality, too fine a grind and the brew might taste bitter, while too coarse a grind might leave you with a flat-tasting brew.