While one of the joys of coffee is exploration and trying different methods and brewing technique here are a few tips to help you produce a good starting cup and give you a platform to start working from.
1. Start with fresh cold water.
Dump out that water already in the kettle or brewer and start with fresh cold water. Filtered through a Charcoal filter is the best. That being said avoid distilled water. A slight mineral content brings out the true beauty of a coffee.
2. Only grind what you need for that cup or pot.
Coffee beans begin losing flavor about a week after roasting. When keep in whole bean form your coffee can maintain an outstanding taste for up to 30 days. (So long as your keep it in an airtight bag out of bright lights) But the moment you grind coffee it looses most of it's flavor in a matter of days.
Like living on the edge? Try adding a little cinnamon and butter!