If you want to skip the early morning lines at the local coffee shops, you can make the perfect cup of coffee at home!

Here are some easy tips for making a great cup of Java at home;

1. Use better water. If you just turn on the tap and add it to the pot, you could be cheating yourself out of a great cup of coffee. If you don't like the taste of your tap water by itself, you shouldn't use it for coffee either.  Bottled or filter water will give you a better tasting cup of joe.

2. Grind your own beans. You get the most flavor when you grind your beans right before brewing them. There are several coffee pots on the market that have built-in grinders or you can find one for around $20 online.

3. Use the right creamer. If you add milk or creamer to your coffee, make sure it is enhancing the flavor not watering it down. Using things like Skim Milk can water down your coffee since it is mainly made up of water. Whole milk or a creamer might have a bit more fat but enhances the flavor.