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American coffee semi-pro here. Buy whole beans and grind them just before you use them, and let the coffee sit in the hot water for five minutes before filtering. If you don't have a coffee grinder, this one works well and is pretty cheap. I prefer to separate the coffee from the used beans with a french press, but cone drip is fine as long as you let it sit before you filter it.
That was the only important bit. Milk, sugar, cream, creamer, anything is fine. Do what makes it taste good to you. I use a bit less than a teaspoon of sugar and a tablespoon or two of 2% milk for a mug of coffee. A little cream and a little sugar can make coffee much richer and fuller tasting. Anyone who accuses you of doing it wrong is doing it wrong.
I mostly use either a small mortar and pestle (small amounts) or a cheap blade-style coffee grinder - ideally, get one with a removable metal bowl, which makes it way easier to clean.