I remember having an automatic drip coffee maker in our house when I was growing up. One of the biggest problems I had using that machine was I could never get the coffee to brew as strong as the coffee you buy at the cafe. How to make drip coffee for me was becoming a pain, not to mention that sometimes the coffee would taste so watered down. There are other ways to brew a great cup of coffee yet the automatic drip machine is still very popular with a a lot of households and offices having one. I think one of the main reasons for this is the relative ease that one can use this machine. You simply add water, pour the grounds into the basket and turn the machine on. From that point onwards the brewer does all the work for you; it heats the water, decides when the water is hot enough and then pours it over the coffee grounds.
It’s Possible To Brew A Good Cup of Coffee with an Automatic Drip Machine
Despite the problems I encountered growing up, I learned that it is very possible to brew a good cup of coffee with an automatic drip machine with some tweaking. The first step, just with any tool that you use, is to buy a decent coffee machine. It doesn’t have to be a $300 dollar machine but the cheaper machines just don’t get the water hot enough to the 200 degrees F which is recommended by most experts. If the water isn’t hot enough, then the coffee can taste weak.
It’s also very important to buy whole bean quality coffee and to store it in an air-tight container. The container should not allow any light to pass through it and should be stored in a cool and dark location.
It’s best to grind the coffee beans just before you brew so that you can extract the maximum flavour out of the coffee grounds. Pre-ground coffee, especially that which has been sitting on the shelf for months, won’t give the same flavour since coffee beans reach their maximum freshness 72 hours after being roasted.
- Add cold water to the machine’s water compartment.
- Wet the filter and insert it into the holder
- Add medium-fine grounds to the filter. Shake the basket to settle the grounds. The recommended amount of grinds is 2 level tablespoons of ground coffee per 6 oz. of water.
- Close the lid
- Press the power button to start the machine’s brewing process.
- After the coffee has brewed, stir the finished brew in the carafe to mix earlier, stronger coffee with the later, weaker extraction.
I hope you found the tips on brewing coffee using the automatic drip machine helpful. Do you brew coffee using the automatic drip method? I would love to hear your thoughts or comments about this brewing technique.