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    Only $15/pound? You don't live in California, do you? ;)

    Oh, I forgot to mention cleanliness of equipment. Your brewing equipment must be utterly clean or your coffee won't taste good. Thanks to those who mentioned this.If you're using a drip machine, nothing will probably make it good, but you can make it better by making sure the spray head and everything around it is spotless. These areas typically get splashed by coffee and become really dirty, really quickly.

    What everybody else said WRT water temperature. Boiling water is way too hot for making coffee.Secondly, black coffee is not supposed to be bitter. If it is, there's something wrong with one or more of: your brewing equipment, your water temp (already mentioned), or the coffee you're using. The water itself is actually the least critical of these. I live in San Diego, which has about the hardest water in the entire USA, and I make non-bitter coffee with filtered tap water. Even unfiltered tap water isn't too bad, though, if the other stuff is right.Next up: brewing equipment. Unless you're willing to spend about $300 on a Technivorm, don't drip brew your coffee. Even then, you can do better with other brewing methods, IMO. No H, this is not a humble opinion :)I highly recommend French p...

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    What everybody else said WRT water temperature. Boiling water is way too hot for making coffee.Secondly, black coffee is not supposed to be bitter. If it is, there's something wrong with one or more of: your brewing equipment, your water temp (already mentioned), or the coffee you're using. The water itself is actually the least critical of these. I live in San Diego, which has about the hardest water in the entire USA, and I make non-bitter coffee with filtered tap water. Even unfiltered tap water isn't too bad, though, if the other stuff is right.Next up: brewing equipment. Unless you're willing to spend about $300 on a Technivorm, don't drip brew your coffee. Even then, you can do better with other brewing methods, IMO. No H, this is not a humble opinion :)I highly recommend French press. If that's not your thing and you like pour-over, get a Clever Coffee Dripper. It combines the best aspects of pour-over and French press. Either will be in the 30 to 50 dollar range. Tip on the French press: just get a stainless steel one. You'll do it eventually anyway, after breaking a few glass ones :)You'll also want a decent burr grinder to go with it. By decent, I mean if it sells for less than $100, it's not decent. A Capresso Infinity is good enough for most uses. I got a used one off Craigslist for 50 bucks in like-new condition. Last I looked, $100-$120 was a common price range for new.As for the coffee itself, pretty much anything you get at a store is going to be garbage. It's going to low-quality beans, which were roasted a long time ago (4 weeks is a long time, in this context) and are stale in the package. Plus, they will almost always have been over-roasted. Starbucks is garbage, too. Never buy coffee there, unless it's some sugary, coffee-based drink in which you can't actually taste their coffee, such as a pumpkin spice latte.Where to go, then? Coffee shops that sell their own roast are great. If you're in the greater San Francisco area, there are tons of choices. There's also Sweet Maria's coffee, which is where I buy my green beans (I'm a home roaster). You can get roasted beans from them, and they're excellent, but unless you join their subscription program, it's hard to get them before they sell out.Ultimately, of course, you could home roast. I started out using a popcorn popper (air pop type) which I modded and modded until I blew it up :-) Then I bought a Hot Top drum roaster. Home roasting will get you the freshest possible beans and is lots of fun. Of course, it's more fun if you do it because you love coffee, I suppose, than if you just do it because you have to drink coffee. OTOH, you could get to love it if you find out how good it can actually taste. If you hating coffee because you've only ever had bad coffee, that's kind of like hating wine because you've only ever had two buck Chuck (which I do drink, but it's not very good) or, I dunno, Thunderbird.I used to hate black coffee until I started home roasting, at which point I found out, "Wow! This stuff isn't supposed to be bitter, and it tastes great!" Now, except for the odd Vietnamese coffee (my wife is VNese, so I've learned to be pretty good at making that, too), black coffee is all I drink.Finally, you can try making cold brew coffee. Even with lower-quality beans, it's less bitter than hot-brewed coffee. Of course, when made with high-quality beans, it tastes much better.There's a whole great world of good coffee out there for you to explore :)

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