Or, at least one you enjoy.
There are many, more thorough guides, but, for a friend, I’m going to list a few guidelines for starting out.
1) Fresh, whole beans, less than two weeks old. Here, in our small town of about 5,000, we now have a coffee roasting business. So, they’re a source. If you can’t do that, check out Sweet Marias. With a good, heavy wok and a gas (preferably outside) burner, you’re golden. Electric with a strong, overhead exhaust fan is possible, but I’d look for an outdoor solution.
2) Grind only as much as needed, only when needed.
3) Fresh cold water will yeild the best cup. See this for a good summary of water issues.
4) For simple brewing, try a Chemex. If a Chemex and paper filter isn’t for you, try a French Press. Either will provide a good cup of coffee. A Chemex can produce good coffee with a whirly blade grinder; a French Press, on the other hand, will more easily produce good coffee with a burr grinder (which produces a more consistent grind).
5) Steeping: see the appropriate guides at SM’s. Here, you can find a wealth of information on how to use brewing devices, roasters (commercial and other wise), etc. Not only is Sweet Maria’s a great place to buy beans, they’re about the best source of coffee information out there.
Enjoy the cup!
Solo Deo Gloria,