ADVICE LIST 1: HOW TO MAKE COFFEE

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    Ingredients and necessary tools: Melitta filter (red or black plastic advised), No. 4 brown filters, nice ceramic mug, Caffe Umbria Arco Etrusco Roast (whole beans), coffee grinder, kettle, spoon. Total time: 15-20 mins.
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    In the kettle, bring some water to a vigorous boil.
    2 cups-ish is the minimum, but feel it out.
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    Place Melitta filter on ceramic mug.
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    Place one brown no. 4 filter in Melitta.
    Use two fingers to parse the filter. You should render the paper flush with greater plastic filter.
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    Put a LOT of grounds into the grinder. I would say 3 heaping spoonfuls of beans.
    The number 1 mistake Americans make is using too few grounds.
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    Grind beans to a fine consistency.
    30 seconds on the blades should do.
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    Gently tap grounds out into filter.
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    Use a flat-bottomed shot glass to tamp the grounds down.
    Apply a great deal of pressure so that the grounds are firmly compacted. If you don't have a flat-bottomed shot glass, Jose Cuervo makes a great one.
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    Remove the kettle from heat (should have boiled by now).
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    DO NOT FILL UP MELITTA FILTER with water. You should never get the water line more then about a half inch above the original level of coffee grounds.
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    SLOWLY, SLOWLY, SLOWLY and gently begin to pour some water onto your grounds. Wait thirty seconds to a minute.
    On the first pour, just coat the surface of the grounds with a few drops of hot water. You will begin to smell something heavenly. Then wait.
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    Still slowly, begin adding more water. Never fill it too fast or too high.
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    AFTER your first pour, you should start carefully stirring the grounds with the spoon, pressing the against the sides to relinquish the robust flavors.
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    Continue the process until ceramic cup is full of coffee.
    You are done. Discard grounds, rinse filter, and drink immediately.