4. Choose a way to “extract” your coffee
Even hard core dudes like Stumptown don't think there's only one way to do it. People who advocate strongly one way or another are basing it on personal preference. Experiment with different methods. Perhaps you prefer a press pot, a pour-over, or an electric brewer. Let your taste buds make the decision… or a magical hedge wizard, whichever is easier.
5. Use fresh, filtered water
Tap water can contain minerals, salts, and other chemicals like fluoride that will flavor your coffee in unwanted ways.