5. Perfect Your Craft

At last, the Baptism. To prepare your beans for beatification, take care not to spoil their virtue once you get them home: Don’t store your spongelike coffee in the refrigerator, or it may absorb the essence of Sichuan pork. Commit the sin of grinding your beans too soon—like, say, the night before—and you’ll beget a flat brew infused with all the gusto of a good red wine left open overnight. While there’s nothing complex about these three coffee-making methods, perfection does require precision. Apply a little rigor to your daily ritual and watch your beans undergo their final divine transformation.