Although not the best method of brewing, an automatic coffeemaker is an easy and convenient brewing method. Despite its drawbacks, there a few ways to make sure you get the best cup of coffee you can from your machine.
YOU WILL NEED
1. automatic drip coffeemaker (you can purchase these for $10-$15)
2. paper filter (if required - some auto-drip coffeemakers come with a mesh filter basket)
3. roasted coffee (the fresher, the better)
4. water (tips on water quality coming soon)
5. drinking vessel of choice (coffee mug/cup recommended)
6. measuring spoons (if not using a scale; 1-2 Tablespoon size recommended)
Optional & Recommended:
7. kitchen scale (allows for consistency and accuracy of coffee brewing)
8. burr grinder (whole bean coffee stays fresh longer; any grinder will do but burr is preferred)
1. Setup the coffeemaker
(not all coffeemakers are made the same and we can not speak on behalf of other manufacturer's products; follow the manufacturer's directions accordingly).
2. Pour water into the water reservoir (the area where you put water), again following the manufacturer's directions.
Pro-Tip: US auto-drip coffeemakers typically have a water reservoir or carafe of what they state as being "12 cups." This is not a standard 8oz/240ml cup but rather a 5oz/150ml cup. They consider a "cup" of coffee as roughly 6 ounces, a 1-ounce headspace for cream or to reduce the possibility of a spill, coming to 5 ounces. This equates to roughly 60 ounces of brewed coffee or water reservoir space.
3. Measure your coffee (coffee-to-water ratio) and place it in the filter.
Recommendations: 60g / 8-10Tbsp of coffee per 1L / 33oz / 4C of water. If using a kitchen scale, water measure equally in milliliters and grams (1ml = 1g). We found that the average tablespoon equates to roughly 7g of ground coffee. Therefore, 8-10Tbsp averages to 56-70 grams of coffee. This is an easy and convenient method for those who do not own a kitchen scale or want an easier method of brewing.
Tips & Adjustments: adjust your water-to-coffee ratio according to taste preferences for a weaker or stronger cup (more or fewer grounds per a fixed amount of water or vice versa).
Grind Level: if a burr grinder is available, grind beans to medium grind size. Grinding coffee too large can lead to under-extraction and grinding coffee too fine can lead to a gritty cup.
4. After your coffee is measured, place the basket into the coffeemaker (again, according to the manufacturer’s directions) and start the coffeemaker.
5. After the coffee is done brewing, remove it from the burner (the area where the carafe sits and is heated from below). Leaving coffee on the heat source can burn the coffee and make for a bad cup.
Pro-Tip: we know that it is tempting to remove the carafe mid-brew to get a cup before the coffeemaker has completed its brewing process. We advise against this. Pouring a cup mid-brew can give you a stronger cup and leave the rest of the pot under-extracted.
6. Serve after the coffeemaker has finished brewing or keep in the carafe off heat as it cools. Coffee will change in taste as it cools. To avoid altering the taste or possibly creating a bad cup, avoid keeping it on the heat source as mentioned above.
1. Setup/plug-in coffee maker
2. Fill the reservoir with water, roughly the amount of coffee you want to brew
3. Measure coffee according to the number of cups you want to brew
4. Place filter basket in coffee maker and turn on
5. After it has finished brewing, serve or keep off the heat source/burner
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