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How To Make Good Coffee?

If you’ve ever had a cup of coffee that tasted more like dishwater than a delicious pick-me-up, then you know making a great coffee isn’t as easy as it seems. It does, in fact, require a certain amount of skill and knowledge. Whether you use a French Press, a pod machine or a manual espresso machine, each brewing method offers unique results in the cup. Here are our tutorials and tips dedicated to each extraction to avoid common mistakes and achieve exceptional results in your cup.

What Is A “Good Cup Of Coffee”?

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A good cup of coffee is first and foremost a coffee that suits you and you enjoy drinking. But to get a cup of coffee that suits your palate, you must respect certain essential criteria: quality coffee, freshly roasted and ground, well-maintained equipment, good quality water… Here’s a list of things to do to ensure your coffee is a success.

How do you make a good cup of coffee?

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Use good water

Coffee is 98% water, so use the best possible water. We recommend using filtered or bottled water. Or, if your machine allows it, use a filter cartridge.

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Choose a roast that suits your tastes and brewing method

Not all roasts are created equal! Lighter roasts with brighter, fruitier notes are ideal for filter methods, while darker roasts bring out bolder flavours perfect for espresso drinks. Ultimately, the best roast is a matter of personal preference. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find your perfect cup of coffee!

At MaxiCoffee, we offer a 10-point roast scale (1-lightest, 10-darkest) to guide you through our wide variety of coffees.

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Don’t forget maintenance

Each time coffee is extracted, oils or grounds will be deposited in your machine. Over time, the oils become rancid, limescale builds up and the grounds can become mouldy. So it’s important to clean your equipment weekly and descale regularly. 

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Bonus: if you use coffee beans 

Choose freshly roasted coffee

You’ll get the most out of your coffee’s rich aroma between two weeks and two months after roasting. You can find freshly roasted coffees on our site.

Freshly ground coffee

Ground coffee tends to oxidise more quickly than coffee beans. We therefore advise you to invest in a grinder or a bean-to-cup machine with a built-in grinder, so that you can grind your coffee beans at the last minute. 

Use a scale

For certain methods, a scale will help you to be precise and calculate your coffee/water ratio. You can then test and taste different recipes to find your own! 

MAXICOFFEE TIPS FOR MORE INDULGENT COFFEE

Even if all these criteria are met, controlled extraction is still essential to enjoy your cup of coffee: follow our dedicated tutorials to make your extraction successful. And if you’re just starting out, we’ve also got a coffee suggestion for each method.

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HOW TO MAKE A GOOD ESPRESSO WITH A MANUAL ESPRESSO MACHINE

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Ingredients

  • Ingrédient Café moulu
    Your favourite coffee beans or coffee grounds
  • Ingrédient Eau
    Filtered or bottled water

Material

  • Matériel Machine expresso manuelle
    1 manual espresso machine
  • material cleaning coffee grinder
    1 coffee grinder (optional)
  • Matériel Balance
    1 scale
  • Matériel Tamper
    1 tamper
  • Matériel Tapis tassage
    1 tamping mat
  • Matériel Répartiteur de mouture
    1 grind distributor (optional)
  • Matériel Tasse à café
    1 mug
  • Préparation Mélanger
    1 spoon

Preparation

  • Ingrédient Eau
    Step 1 Place filtered or bottled water in the water tank.
  • Matériel Machine expresso manuelle
    Step 2 Preheat your machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • material cleaning coffee grinder
    Step 3 Finely grind the quantity of coffee in your filter holder using your coffee grinder. The amount of coffee depends on the size of your basket. As a general rule, for a 20g basket, you will need between 18g and 22g of coffee.
  • Ingrédient Café moulu
    Step 4 Distribute and even out the ground coffee in the filter holder basket by tapping the holder or using your hands.
  • Matériel Répartiteur de mouture
    Step 5 (Optional) Then use the grind distributor to ensure the coffee is evenly packed (2 to 3 turns).
  • Matériel Tamper
    Step 6 Use your tamper to apply pressure to your grind to compact it. Be careful to press straight and as evenly as possible. If you are just starting out, we recommend the Baristator dynamometric tamper.
  • Matériel Machine expresso manuelle
    Step 7 Start a flush (the act of cleaning the filter of any grounds that may have remained and emptying the water group).
  • Matériel Balance
    Step 8 Place a scale under your cup and position it under the extraction unit.
  • Matériel Machine expresso manuelle
    Step 9 Insert the filter holder into the extraction unit.
  • Matériel Machine expresso manuelle
    Step 10 Start the extraction process.
  • Matériel Tasse à café
    Step 11 Stop extraction when your beverage weighs more or less 2 times the weight of your ground coffee. For example: 20 g before, 40 g after, or approximately 30 ml for a single espresso.
  • Préparation Déguster
    Step 12 Stir the crema with a spoon without putting it in your mouth (to avoid a metallic taste). Enjoy immediately!
  • Ingrédient Eau
    Step 1

    Place filtered or bottled water in the water tank.

  • Matériel Machine expresso manuelle
    Step 2

    Preheat your machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

  • material cleaning coffee grinder
    Step 3

    Finely grind the quantity of coffee in your filter holder using your coffee grinder. The amount of coffee depends on the size of your basket.…

  • Ingrédient Café moulu
    Step 4

    Distribute and even out the ground coffee in the filter holder basket by tapping the holder or using your hands.

  • Matériel Répartiteur de mouture
    Step 5

    (Optional) Then use the grind distributor to ensure the coffee is evenly packed (2 to 3 turns).

  • Matériel Tamper
    Step 6

    Use your tamper to apply pressure to your grind to compact it. Be careful to press straight and as evenly as possible. If you are…

  • Matériel Machine expresso manuelle
    Step 7

    Start a flush (the act of cleaning the filter of any grounds that may have remained and emptying the water group).

  • Matériel Balance
    Step 8

    Place a scale under your cup and position it under the extraction unit.

  • Matériel Machine expresso manuelle
    Step 9

    Insert the filter holder into the extraction unit.

  • Matériel Machine expresso manuelle
    Step 10

    Start the extraction process.

  • Matériel Tasse à café
    Step 11

    Stop extraction when your beverage weighs more or less 2 times the weight of your ground coffee. For example: 20 g before, 40 g after,…

  • Préparation Déguster
    Step 12

    Stir the crema with a spoon without putting it in your mouth (to avoid a metallic taste). Enjoy immediately!

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The ideal coffee for an espresso: Spring Blend from Green Lion Coffee

Discover Green Lion Coffee’s Spring Blend, a limited edition celebrating the arrival of spring with its chocolate, caramel and floral notes. 

This organic coffee bean, roasted in France, offers an invigorating gourmet experience. Made from Arabica beans from Ethiopia and Peru, it guarantees ethical, quality coffee drinking.

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Coffee beans – Spring Blend – Green Lion Coffee (250 g)

-100% Arabica blend
-Peru and Ethiopia
-Limited edition

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HOW TO MAKE COFFEE WITH A BEAN-TO-CUP MACHINE

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Ingredients

  • Ingrédient Café moulu
    Your favourite coffee beans
  • Ingrédient Eau
    Filtered or bottled water

Material

  • Matériel Machine à café à grain 2
    1 coffee bean machine
  • Matériel Tasse à café
    1 mug
  • Préparation Mélanger
    1 spoon

Preparation

  • Ingrédient Café moulu
    Step 1 Fill the hopper of your bean-to-cup machine with your coffee.
  • Ingrédient Eau
    Step 2 Add filtered water to the water tank of your machine, or use a filter cartridge if your machine is equipped with one.
  • Matériel Machine à café à grain 2
    Step 3 Select the desired beverage on your coffee machine.
  • Matériel Machine à café à grain 2
    Step 4 Start the extraction process.
  • Préparation Déguster
    Step 5 Stir the crema with a spoon without putting it in your mouth (to avoid a metallic taste). Enjoy immediately!
  • Ingrédient Café moulu
    Step 1

    Fill the hopper of your bean-to-cup machine with your coffee.

  • Ingrédient Eau
    Step 2

    Add filtered water to the water tank of your machine, or use a filter cartridge if your machine is equipped with one.

  • Matériel Machine à café à grain 2
    Step 3

    Select the desired beverage on your coffee machine.

  • Matériel Machine à café à grain 2
    Step 4

    Start the extraction process.

  • Préparation Déguster
    Step 5

    Stir the crema with a spoon without putting it in your mouth (to avoid a metallic taste). Enjoy immediately!

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The ideal coffee for our tutorial: Perléo espresso Prestigio

Discover Perléo Prestigio, an exceptional coffee for a real summer taste experience. This 100% Arabica blend, roasted very dark, offers a rich and sweet and woody cup, balanced with notes of cocoa and beechwood.

Its intense roast reveals delicate aromas of roasted hazelnuts, for a cup full of flavour, ideal as an espresso.

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Coffee beans – Prestigio – Perléo (250g)

– 100% Arabica
– Notes of cocoa, beech wood and roasted hazelnut
– Packaging: 250g

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HOW TO MAKE A GOOD COFFEE WITH A POD COFFEE MACHINE

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Ingredients

  • ingrédient café en capsules
    Your coffee pod
  • Ingrédient Eau
    Filtered or bottled water

Material

  • matériel machine à café capsules nespresso
    1 capsule coffee machine
  • Matériel Tasse à café
    1 cup
  • Préparation Mélanger
    1 spoon

Preparation

  • Ingrédient Eau
    Step 1 Add filtered or bottled water to the water tank.
  • ingrédient café en capsules
    Step 2 Insert your pod.
  • matériel machine à café capsules nespresso
    Step 3 Start the extraction process by selecting the desired beverage.
  • Préparation Déguster
    Step 4 Stir the crema with a spoon without putting it in your mouth (to avoid a metallic taste). Enjoy immediately!
  • Ingrédient Eau
    Step 1

    Add filtered or bottled water to the water tank.

  • ingrédient café en capsules
    Step 2

    Insert your pod.

  • matériel machine à café capsules nespresso
    Step 3

    Start the extraction process by selecting the desired beverage.

  • Préparation Déguster
    Step 4

    Stir the crema with a spoon without putting it in your mouth (to avoid a metallic taste). Enjoy immediately!

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The ideal coffee for our pod coffee tutorial: Pacifique from Cafés Lugat

The Pacifique pods are an invitation to travel to South America in every cup. This 100% Arabica blend, hand-harvested between 1600 and 1800m altitude in Nicaragua and Guatemala, offers a unique taste experience. This medium-roast Arabica coffee offers a balanced, sweet flavour with hints of chocolate spread.

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Nespresso® compatible pods – Summer Blend – Cafés Lugat (50 pods)

-Medium roast
-Gourmet and yellow fruit
-Limited edition

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HOW TO MAKE A GOOD COFFEE WITH A FILTER COFFEE MAKER

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If you prefer filter coffee, made with a manual or slow coffee filter maker, we’ve put together a selection of tutorials on how to make the perfect cup of coffee with different coffee makers. 

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HOW TO MAKE COFFEE WITH A MOKA POT

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Ingredients

  • Ingrédient Café moulu
    Your favourite coffee beans or ground coffee
  • Ingrédient Eau
    Filtered or bottled water

Material

  • Ingrédient Café moulu cafetière italienne
    1 moka pot
  • Matériel Balance
    1 scale
  • Matériel Tasse à café
    1 cup
  • Préparation Mélanger
    1 spoon

Preparation

  • Ingrédient Café moulu cafetière italienne
    Step 1 Place the lower compartment of the coffee maker on your scale
  • Matériel Balance
    Step 2 Tare the scale to obtain an accurate net weight.
  • Ingrédient Eau
    Step 3 Fill the compartment up to the base of the valve with hot water (ideally 95°C). Be careful not to submerge the valve. Be careful when handling to avoid burning yourself!
  • Matériel Balance
    Step 4 Check the weight indicated on the scale. This will enable you to calculate the quantity of coffee to put in the filter holder. Your basic extraction ratio is 1 g of coffee to 9 g of water. For example: if you have 250 g of water in your compartment, the calculation is 250/9 = 27.77, i.e. 28 g of coffee.
  • Ingrédient Café moulu cafetière italienne
    Step 5 Fill the filter holder with the calculated amount of coffee.
  • Ingrédient Café moulu
    Step 6 Distribute the coffee without packing.
  • Ingrédient Café moulu cafetière italienne
    Step 7 Heat the coffee maker over medium/high heat and wait.
  • Ingrédient Café moulu cafetière italienne
    Step 8 When you hear a hissing sound, remove the coffee maker from the heat immediately.
  • Préparation Déguster
    Step 9 Wait for the extraction to finish. Enjoy!
  • Ingrédient Café moulu cafetière italienne
    Step 1

    Place the lower compartment of the coffee maker on your scale

  • Matériel Balance
    Step 2

    Tare the scale to obtain an accurate net weight.

  • Ingrédient Eau
    Step 3

    Fill the compartment up to the base of the valve with hot water (ideally 95°C). Be careful not to submerge the valve. Be careful when…

  • Matériel Balance
    Step 4

    Check the weight indicated on the scale. This will enable you to calculate the quantity of coffee to put in the filter holder. Your basic…

  • Ingrédient Café moulu cafetière italienne
    Step 5

    Fill the filter holder with the calculated amount of coffee.

  • Ingrédient Café moulu
    Step 6

    Distribute the coffee without packing.

  • Ingrédient Café moulu cafetière italienne
    Step 7

    Heat the coffee maker over medium/high heat and wait.

  • Ingrédient Café moulu cafetière italienne
    Step 8

    When you hear a hissing sound, remove the coffee maker from the heat immediately.

  • Préparation Déguster
    Step 9

    Wait for the extraction to finish. Enjoy!

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The ideal coffee for Moka pots: Voix de la Terre- For Planet by Lavazza

Discover Lavazza Voix de la Terre for Planet organic coffee beans, an exceptional sensory experience combining quality and environmental commitment. Selected from the best organic Arabica coffees, this coffee reveals subtle, fruity tropical fruit aromas.

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Coffee beans – Tierra for Planet Bio – Lavazza (500 g)

-100% Arabica blend
-Organic coffee beans
-Delicate and floral

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Now you have the keys to unlocking delicious coffee at home! Simply follow our tutorials to prepare tasty cups and enjoy all the richness and complexity of your coffee.

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