According to the Harvard Medical School, coffee can lower your risk of cancer, diabetes and Parkinson’s Disease.

According to me, it’s a morning ritual that can help you reflect on the day to come, and it tastes incredible—that is, when you combine the beans and water just right.

I’ve consumed buckets of coffee made with different methods, from French press to espresso to Denny’s drip to the massively overpriced (sorry) single-cup “pod” coffeemakers, and if that doesn’t make me an expert, I don’t know what does. My current go-to method of starting my day is also my favorite: the humble pour-over.

In the very first Tao of Bachelorhood video (be gentle with me), I demonstrate the method for creating the perfect cup:

Here’s how to get that elusive perfect cup:

  1. Start with cold, fresh water, filtered if you live in an area without naturally clean water. Bring it to a boil.
  2. Use whole beans and a grinder, which offer far more flavor than a pre-ground bag of coffee. (And if you’re using a plastic tub of Maxwell House…why?)
  3. Place the filter basket on top of your mug and insert a #4 Melitta filter in the basket.
  4. Start with a heaping teaspoon of whole beans for every cup of water. (Most mugs will require at least two scoops.)
  5. Around the time your water is ready to boil, grind your beans and pour them into the filter. The finer you grind, the stronger your coffee will be.
  6. With your water just off the boil (around 190-200 degrees F), fill the filter up as high as you can (without overflowing your cup).
  7. Stir! Keep stirring until about 2/3 of the water has run into your cup.
  8. Wait!
  9. When the filter is completely drained, remove it and drink up!

You may need to adjust the roast, brand and amount of coffee, the coarseness of grind and the water temperature, but with some fine tuning I think you’ll agree this is the best way to get a consistently delicious, rich cup of coffee. You may even become a coffee snob yourself.

How to Make a Perfect Cup of Coffee [YouTube]

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