How to use a coffee maker

This article was co-authored by Rich Lee. Rich is the Coffee & Food Program Director of Spro Coffee Lab in San Francisco, a California-based company that specializes in craft coffee, experimental mocktails, and culinary food science. Together with his team, Rich strives to bring forth a uniquely transcendent experience, free of stereotypical eats and drinks. Prior to owning his own business, Rich was a barista for big name coffee retailers such as Blue Bottle Coffee and Sightglass.

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Coffee makers are part of millions of peoples’ routines. In the US alone, millions of people drink coffee daily. If you’ve never used a coffee machine, the brewing process can be anything but intuitive. Use these simple steps to make a satisfying cup of your favorite coffee blend.

How to use a coffee maker

Rich Lee
Coffee & Food Program Director, Spro Coffee Lab Expert Interview. 22 November 2019. While natural or bleached filters can be used, it’s recommended not to use generic versions. Cheap, standard filters are less consistent for good results.

  • Many coffee makers come with their own mesh filter. If it is available, it’s usually the easiest and most environmentally friendly choice. Use a coffee maker’s specialized filter rather than a paper filter.

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Coffee & Food Program Director, Spro Coffee Lab Expert Interview. 22 November 2019.

  • Special coffee blends may have special coffee/water ratios – most coffee blends will have instructions on the package.
  • Make sure that you are using a tablespoon. Most coffee makers come with a scoop. Read the instructions to see how many scoops you need.

How to use a coffee maker

Rich Lee
Coffee & Food Program Director, Spro Coffee Lab Expert Interview. 22 November 2019. For a fresher, more flavorful coffee, you should buy fresh coffee beans and grind them yourself, rather than buying pre-ground coffee. A coffee’s flavor comes from delicate flavor compounds within the cells of the coffee bean. When ground, the coffee bean’s interior is exposed to the air and, over time, will react with it, causing the coffee to lose some of its properties. [4] X Research source

    Be sure to store your coffee beans in an air-tight container. [5] X Expert Source

Rich Lee
Coffee & Food Program Director, Spro Coffee Lab Expert Interview. 22 November 2019. Coffee has odor-absorbing properties – that’s why coffee grounds can be used as a substitute for baking soda in the fridge. Unfortunately, this also means that, if your coffee isn’t kept sealed in an air-tight container, you may have other tastes in your coffee.

  • Coffee aficionados disagree on whether to store coffee beans at low temperatures. Some recommend keeping coffee beans in the fridge if they will be used within a week and transferring any beans that won’t be used within a few weeks to the freezer. Others prefer simply to keep them in a cool, dark place. [6] X Research source
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    How to use a coffee maker

    Rich Lee
    Coffee & Food Program Director, Spro Coffee Lab Expert Interview. 22 November 2019. Colder water won’t extract enough flavor from the coffee beans, while hotter water can scald the coffee, affecting the taste. [8] X Research source

    • If you are boiling your own water for your coffee, allow the water to come to a boil, then remove from the heat source for about 1 minute before pouring it over the grounds.
    • If you keep your coffee grounds in the refrigerator, most brewing processes won’t be negatively affected by the cooler beans. However, if you’re making espresso, you should allow your beans to reach room temperature before brewing. [9] X Research source Because espresso brewing uses a relatively small amount of water that comes in contact with the coffee for a relatively short time, cold beans can actually affect the extraction process.

    A traditional Italian brewing method, the stovetop coffee pot is a popular option. For a strong cup of something delicious, check out our step-by-step guide. It’s more than a stylish way to make a brew – be sure to make the most of your stovetop coffee maker.

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    Boil your kettle, and leave it to rest for a minute

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    Fill the bottom chamber of your stovetop, to just below the valve, with your off-the-boil water. TOP TIP 1: Using hot water means the brewing process starts immediately – otherwise, while the water is heating, the hot metal of the stovetop causes the flavour of the coffee to escape as vapour

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    Fill your stovetop’s coffee chamber with medium-fine ground Pact Coffee

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    Level off the coffee, making sure you don’t ‘tamp’ it down

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    Drop the coffee chamber back into the stovetop

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    Using a tea towel to protect your hands, screw the top and bottom of the stovetop back together

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    Put the stovetop on the hob, on a high heat

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    When you can hear the coffee start to bubble out, turn your hob off. The residual steam pressure will push enough water through to brew the rest of the coffee

    It’s super easy whether you’re using pre-ground coffee or tea.

    How to use a coffee maker

    If you like full-bodied and flavorful coffee, a French press should be your go-to brewing method. A French press is a manual coffee maker with a cylindrical carafe, a plunger and a built-in filter that percolates the coffee. It uses just-boiled water to steep coarse grinds for about four minutes.

    This approach is more gentle than drip coffee-making or stovetop brewing methods that heat the water very hot and sometimes scald the beans. With a French press, coffee also doesn’t sit on a warming plate after brewing so it doesn’t continue to “cook” and turn bitter.

    How does a French press coffee maker work?

    A French press makes coffee by immersing ground coffee in hot water and then separating the grounds from the coffee by pressing down the filter. Water should be at about 200ºF to optimize flavor extraction. Any hotter (water boils at 212ºF), your coffee will taste burnt. Any cooler, your coffee will be under-extracted, tasting flavorless and watered-down.

    Pros and cons of using a French press

    A French press extracts more oils and sediment from the ground coffee than any other brewing method, which contributes to its robust flavor and creamy mouthfeel. Whether or not it becomes your preferred method of getting your coffee fix, consider these factors:


    • Easy to use and clean
    • Relatively inexpensive
    • Has a small footprint
    • Can be used to brew loose-leaf tea or cold brew


    • Requires additional equipment (coffee grinder, kettle, scale, thermometer)
    • Have to monitor water temperature, coffee grind size, and brewing time
    • Needs to be served immediately to prevent over-extraction
    • Potential health concerns

    Note: The oily substances in coffee beans, called diterpenes, contain cafestol and kahweol. Since French press filters allow more oils to pass through, higher amounts of cafestol and kaweol get into your coffee compared to other brewing methods that use paper filtration, which is why some people wonder if French press coffee is bad for your health. According to Stefani Sassos, MS, RDN, CDN, Registered Dietitian at the Good Housekeeping Institute, “The good news is that the research suggests that it takes five cups per day to show an increase in serum cholesterol and triglycerides.” Sassos’ advice? “Save French press coffee for special occasions and consume in moderation.”

    What you need to make French press coffee

    Most owner’s manual brewing instructions are simple: Add ground coffee to the carafe, combine with hot water, wait four minutes, plunge, and voila! You have the best coffee – maybe if you’re lucky, but we know the devil is in the details. Here’s what you’ll need:

    • Filtered water: As a rule of thumb, use water you would drink to brew your coffee. Filtered water is cleaned of any major impurities and odors that affects the taste of your coffee.
    • Coffee beans: The “best” coffee is a matter of preference, but generally speaking, high-quality and freshly-roasted coffee beans will give you a great cup. Most French press experts tend to prefer medium and dark roast coffee, which lends to the slower extraction of oils, flavor, and character of brewing. When selecting coffee beans, keywords to look out for are French roast, smooth, full-bodied, smoky, chocolate, cocoa, woody, nutty, earthy, spicy or caramel.
    • Coffee grinder: For the freshest-tasting coffee, we recommend grinding your own beans at home. Pre-ground coffee may be oxidized, having lost its flavor over time. Also, if not stored properly, it may have absorbed smells from your kitchen. Our favorite coffee grinder is a burr grinder which allows you to set the grind size and produces evenly-sized grinds that result in a fuller, more balanced coffee.
    • Kettle: You can use a stove-top or electric kettle to boil water ahead of time, which will make pouring hot water into the French press effortless and safer. If you’re not using an electric kettle that gives you an exact temperature-read, an instant-read thermometer can gauge temperature of the hot water before it gets poured onto the ground coffee.
    • Scale or coffee scoop: Using a scale to measure your ground coffee may sound complicated, but it is a foolproof way to get consistently great tasting coffee. It takes the guesswork out of exactly how much ground coffee to use each time. A coffee scoop or measuring spoon can also be used. Level the ground coffee on the scoop each time to ensure consistency.

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    A classic coffee maker may not seem like the most exciting way to make coffee these days but, with just a few simple steps, you can turn that slightly bland cup of joe into a fantastically flavorful brew.

    The drip coffee maker, aka a standard coffee pot, is what you’ll find in most American households — at least it was for years, until the recent popularization of single-serve coffee makers, like Keurig and Nespresso.

    Drip coffee makers are easy to clean and come in a variety of customizable options. Some coffee makers grind beans, some can be pre-programmed to start brewing coffee right when you wake up (it’s basically an aromatic alarm clock) and others drip coffee into a carafe that will keep your special brew hot for hours.

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    A drip coffee machine is one of the easiest ways to make coffee because you can usually make it in advance and it will stay warm.

    The cons? When using this type of machine, you don’t have control over how long the coffee brews or the temperature of the water, so it’s important to control what you can, which means it all comes down to the type of coffee beans used, the grind of those beans and the coffee-to-water ratio.

    Before you brew, it’s important to note that a cup of water is 8 ounces, however, a coffee pot cup is 5 ounces. So a 12-cup capacity coffee maker is actually 60-ounces of liquid, or roughly 7 cups of coffee. If you only want to make 10 cups of coffee, for example, then use about 50 ounces of water.


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    Before using a coffee maker for the first time, make sure to thoroughly clean it. Wash all removable parts (including the decanter, decanter lid and the filter basket) separately using a mild dish soap. Put all parts back onto the machine, then run a brew cycle using only water to thoroughly clean the entire brewing system. When the cycle is finished, discard the cleaning water and you’re ready to brew coffee.

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    Beans: Coarse to medium grind. Coffee beans with a medium grind resemble kosher salt. If grinding beans at home using a coffee grinder, pulse the beans in short 3-5 second intervals. A coarse grind will take about 10 seconds of total time; a medium grind will take no longer than 15 seconds.

    Coffee to water ratio: 2 tablespoons of coffee to every 8 ounces of water


    • For 12 coffee cups: 15 tablespoons coffee, medium grind and 60 ounces cold water
    • For 10 coffee cups: 12 ½ tablespoons coffee, medium grind and 50 ounces cold water
    • For 8 coffee cups: 10 tablespoons coffee, medium grind and 40 ounces cold water

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    It seems like coffee has never been more popular. Many people have their favorite coffee drinks and stand in line every morning in order to get it. People have their favorite coffee shops, too, and often drop a fair amount of money to get their daily caffeine fix. But there’s a simpler and often cheaper, way to get your coffee – having a coffee maker in the office or at home. If you’ve ever wondered how to use a coffee maker, then this article should educate and help you decide what’s best for your needs.

    Add water

    How to use a coffee makerOne of the first steps to use a coffee maker is to fill the machine with water. Many coffee makers come with markings on the unit or on the reservoir in order to make measuring the amount of water you need simple and easy, but for the best accuracy, consider using a kitchen scale to weigh the amount of water you’re adding. One milliliter of water weighs one gram, so the conversion is easy to handle. You can use tap water in your machine if you want, as that’s certainly the easiest option. But since a lot of tap water has too many minerals, it’s best if you can run it through a water filter if you can. That will give you the best results. Bottled water works great, too, but has the downside of the plastic waste.

    Put the filter inside

    Drip coffee makers tend to come with a variety of different filter types, from paper to stainless steel. Some coffee makers use a paper filter that has a round shape and a flat bottom. The sides of the filter are often wavy. These are the most common paper filters for drip coffee machines. They’re also simple to use. Just put the filter in the basket, and it’s ready to go.

    If your coffee maker uses cone-shaped paper filters, it’s important to remember to fold the crimped edges in opposite directions before placing it in the filter basket.

    But some drip coffee makers come with reusable, stainless steel filters. These are great because you don’t have to worry about buying new filters. Stainless steel filters are also very easy to use.

    Grind the beans and add the coffee to the basket

    How to use a coffee makerThere are a couple of options when it comes to coffee. If you buy pre-ground coffee, then you’re ready to add it to the filter and basket and move on to the next step! But many people choose whole beans that they then grind themselves. This often leads to fresher coffee and better control over the flavor of your drink. You will also want to know how much coffee to use in your drip coffee maker concerning how much water you’ll be using. This can be adjusted to taste: more beans and less water means a stronger drink. Also, keeping coffee in the airtight container or in the refrigerator can help keep your beans and grounds fresh and retain the flavor.

    Once your beans are ground, add them to the filter basket, and you’re ready to make perfect coffee!

    Brew your coffee

    Now it’s time to brew your coffee. Many drip coffee makers have specific settings you can try out, such as the strength of the drink, but if this is your first time, it’s often best just to start with the default or regular setting and then adjust from there to match your tastes.

    For most machines, brewing the coffee can take between three to five minutes, measured from when the water first starts to drip from the machine into the coffee carafe. When all the water has flowed through all the coffee grounds, and the coffee stops dripping into the carafe, the brewing process is complete.

    Turn off the machine, pour and enjoy

    How to use a coffee makerIf the coffee is no longer dripping from your machine, that means your coffee is ready to drink! Of course, remember that it will still be very hot and may need to cool a bit before you drink it. If your machine doesn’t have an automatic shut-off, remember to power off your coffee maker when you’re done for safety reasons and to save electricity. Some coffee makers have a keep warm option, which will allow your machine to keep the coffee carafe hot. You can also check our in-detail review of the best thermal coffee makers, so you can have a drink later or a second drink if you made enough coffee for more than one cup.

    If this is your first time making your coffee, note its taste. If it’s not sweet enough, or a little sour, you may want to try a finer grind. If it’s too bitter, a coarser grind may work. Experiment and adjust until you find what works for you.

    Do not forget to clean the coffee maker

    How to use a coffee makerNow that your coffee has been brewed and tasted, it’s time to clean your machine. The first thing you will want to do is remove the filter. If you’re using paper filters, dispose of it and the used coffee grounds. For stainless steel, dispose of the grounds and clean the filter with water as the manual of your machine suggests.

    Some coffee makers come with self-cleaning options, so if that’s the case with your machine, follow the instructions to make sure everything is cleaned appropriately. Many other machines come with dishwasher safe parts, so know which parts you can remove and place in your dishwasher. Otherwise, you will want to handwash the remaining parts of the machine yourself.


    Now that you can know how to use a drip coffee maker, you can see that it’s an easy, convenient, and often cheaper way to get your coffee drink in the morning. You can control the amount of water and the type and grind of your coffee beans, mixing and matching until you have the perfect drink for you. No more standing in line waiting to be served. You’ve become your own barista.

    When people think of coffee, they think of it as an energy beverage that will help them to get through the day. Many of us occasionally visit a cafe and have a large cup of coffee, just to feel good and refreshed. Coffee has several other benefits too. It lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes, liver cancer and heart failure. The earliest traces of coffee could be found in the middle of the 15th Century in modern-day Yemen where the coffee seeds were crushed and mixed with water to obtain the beverage. In the 16th century, coffee reached the shores of Europe.

    If you like coffee more than tea then you must know that the secret of a perfect coffee lies in two places. The goodness of coffee beans and how well the coffee is brewed. Get home a coffee maker and brew the best coffee from the comfort of your home. If you already have a coffee and are still finding your ways around it then read the guide that will help you to use your coffee makers to their full potential.


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    Step 1: Adding a coffee filter to the filter basket

    Coffee filters are essential for the functioning of a coffee maker and obtaining coffee. It is advisable to not use generic, cheap filters as they don’t filter the coffee well and cause harm to the coffee maker. You can use bleached or natural coffee filters. If your coffee maker comes with a pre-installed coffee filter mesh then use that filter since it is the best coffee filter for your machine. Add the filter to the filter basket and close the filter basket lid. You’ll have to change the filter whenever you use the maker next.

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    Step 2: Add the coffee power

    The simple rule here is to add as much coffee powder to the filter as per the quantity of coffee you want. The general rule is 2 tablespoons of coffee for every 170-180 ml of water. According to that measurement, you can calculate how much coffee powder and what quantity of water you require for a perfect coffee.

    Also note that different coffee types need different water levels, do check the water requirements of the coffee before adding the water.

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    Step 3: Check the quantity of water as per coffee

    Coffee makers have lines indicating the water level, you can even use a marked container to add the desired amount of water. The intention here is to pour the water into the water container. The water container is often placed before the filter chamber or right on top of the chamber.

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    Step 4: Plugin the coffee maker and switch it on
    Place the coffee pot accurately under the outlet to receive the freshly brewed coffee. Modern coffee makers have an auto switch on and off button so that can ease your process of getting the coffee and save some time as well. There are manual coffee makers as well, where you’ll have to set the time manually.

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    Bialetti Moka Pot

    A time-tested way to make espresso-style coffee

    What You’ll Need

    Moka pot (pictured: “Bialetti Jr.”)

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    A compact Italian-made eight-sided wonder, the moka pot makes espresso-style coffee without the need for a large, expensive, high-maintenance machine. Invented in 1933 by Italian engineer Alfonso Bialetti, the elegant three-chambered pot relies on pressure generated by simple stovetop steam, which builds up in the lowest chamber and pushes up through the coffee grounds.

    The resulting coffee is robust and hearty. To espresso fans, it lacks crema, and to certain aficionados, it can even taste slightly “burnt.” If you’re at all concerned about off-flavors, as a precautionary measure you can preboil the water before adding it to the lower chamber. This preheating step decreases the time that the coffee grounds are in contact with the hot water and helps to prevent any “burnt” flavor. But fair warning: if you do this, watch your hands—the pot gets hot. To some moka devotees, this extra step also violates the spirit of practicality of this tried-and-true device.

    Whichever way you choose to brew, we recommend listening to Paolo Conte’s Via Con Me, humming the refrain “It’s wonderful, it’s wonderful” while you wait the few short moments for your brew to be ready for quaffing.

    Finally, if this is your first time using the moka pot, we also suggest brewing a couple of coffees to season the pot before brewing one to drink.

    For a 6-cup moka pot:
    Grind about 20-22 grams of coffee finer than you would for a pour over, but not quite as fine as you might for a true espresso machine—slightly larger than granulated sugar.

    Fill the bottom chamber of the moka pot with water until it is level with the valve, about 345 grams. Place the funnel—the coffee grounds receptacle—into the pot. If any water enters the funnel, pour out the excess and replace the funnel.

    Fill the funnel with the ground coffee, leveling the grounds and wiping the funnel’s rim clean. Do not tamp the grounds.

    Screw the moka pot’s spouted top on tightly.

    Place the moka pot on a stove over medium heat. If using a gas stove, make sure the flame is not larger than the base of the pot so as not to expose the handle to heat.

    As the water in the bottom chamber approaches a boil, the pressure will push a stream of coffee steadily up into the upper chamber. You know it’s done when you hear a hissing, gurgling sound. Immediately remove the moka pot from the heat. Let the coffee finish flowing into the upper chamber, and then use caution (and a potholder) to pour your coffee.

    To clean your moka pot for its next use, once the pot is cool enough to handle, unscrew the spouted top and remove the rubber gasket and filter plate that sit above the funnel. Use warm water without soap to clean all of the parts thoroughly. If you’re unable to remove any residual coffee oils, use a coffee-specific cleaner such as Cafiza, which will remove residue without imparting a soapy taste.

    About 45 percent of Americans own a drip coffee maker, and another 42 percent own a single-cup brewer, with some overlap between the two camps. But what about the java fans who don’t own one, don’t have access to power (say, on a camping trip), or prefer to make their mug in a more classic way?

    Enter these four ways to make coffee without a coffee maker. You can use a French press or pour-over coffee maker like this Chemex ($42;, of course. However, if you don’t have one and prefer not to invest in new equipment, these ways to make coffee should be doable with items you already have around the house.

    Before we get brewing, a few general coffee best practices:

    • Know your beans’ birth date. By that, we mean roast date. You’ll score the best homemade coffee using beans that have been roasted within two weeks.
    • Use the freshest coffee possible. Buy the beans whole and grind them to your preferred coarseness (using something like this Cuisinart Coffee Bar Coffee Grinder; $27; for the finest flavor.
    • Be careful with temp. The ideal temperature for water used to brew coffee is right around 200° Fahrenheit.

    4 Ways to Make Coffee Without a Coffee Maker

    1. Brew up a Stovetop Cup

    This is an old-school, traditional way to make coffee if you’re sans microwave. It will also work if you happen to be without power, as long as you have a gas range.

    • Start with six ounces of cold water per serving. Then, pour water into a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
    • Add 1 heaping tablespoon of coffee per serving to the pan. If desired, add sugar now.
    • Bring the coffee mixture to a boil.
    • Stir occasionally and allow to boil for 2 minutes.
    • Remove from heat, let sit for 4 minutes, then pour the coffee slowly and carefully from the pan so the grounds stay in the pan — and out of your cup(s).
    • Add sugar and/or cream, if desired.

    2. Make Turkish Coffee

    Similar to stovetop coffee but slightly more fussy, this method creates a thick, frothy, and strong brew. It’s not a fully traditional method for Turkish coffee, but it’s one way to get a really deep brew. Yes, the grinds should be in the cup at the end.

    • Start with 6 ounces of cold water per serving. Then pour water into a small saucepan over low heat.
    • Add 1 heaping tablespoon of coffee per serving to the pan. If desired, add sugar now.
    • When the water is just about to boil, remove it from the heat and skim off the foam. Place foam into your coffee cup(s).
    • Return the pan to the heat and watch for it to get near a boil again, then remove from heat.
    • Pour half of the coffee into your coffee cup(s).
    • Return the pan to the heat once more. Boil for 15 additional seconds, then remove from heat.
    • Pour this entire mixture into coffee cup(s). Allow to sit for 2 or 3 minutes so the coffee can sink to the bottom.

    3. Try a Faux French Press

    Mimic the same results you’d get with a French press coffee maker using a mug, a bowl, and a spoon.

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    It used to be so simple: Buy ground coffee at the supermarket, throw some in a filter and flip on the Mr. Coffee. Not anymore! These days, coffee has been elevated to an art form, with pro and amateur devotees alike who have strong opinions about growing and harvesting methods, brewing and more.

    The good news is, whether you’re coffee obsessed or just want a great morning cup, there are myriad ways to improve yours. We took a deep dive into different brewing methods to help you get the best cup (or pot) of coffee every time.

    Tips That Work for Every Coffee Brewing Method

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    Start with filtered water. “If you use tap water, there are mineral components that can affect the flavor and the total outcome,” says Erika Vonie, director of coffee for Trade Coffee, a Coffee Masters champion and and Q Grader (like a coffee sommelier). “Coffee is just ground coffee and water, so both have to be really good for the final outcome to be good.” Check out our top-tested water filter pitchers here.

    Grind your beans. “Freshly ground coffee is much more aromatic, it’s more lively, and you can get more notes out of it,” Vonie says. “If it’s been ground for a while it isn’t going to be bad, but it might be a bit more flat.” For true devotees, Vonie recommends a conical burr grinder for grinding the beans, not a blade grinder. A burr grinder will give you a more even grind, and you can control the level of grind, so you get more even grounds in the size you need for your preferred brewing method.

    Rinse the filter. “Paper filters often carry a papery taste that can be imparted into the brew itself,” Vonie says. To avoid getting a papery note in your brew, rinse paper filters with hot water before brewing.

    Mind the heat. You want the water to be between 195 and 205 degrees F, according to the National Coffee Association. Automatic coffee makers are set for this, but if you’re heating the water manually, let it come just to a boil, then let it sit for 30 seconds to a minute to allow the temperature to come down slightly. (The exception: Cold brew, which uses cold or room temperature water.)

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    If you love espresso but don’t own an espresso machine, don’t despair! You can still enjoy a rich shot of bold espresso using a coffee machine you probably do own: a simple drip coffee maker. We’re going to show you how and answer all of your questions about espresso and drip coffee.

    How Close to Espresso Will it Be?

    Making espresso in a drip coffee maker can be a challenge. For your brew to be called espresso, it needs to be a concentrated amount of bold coffee. To achieve this, you need a good amount of pressure to force water through fine grounds. Drip coffee makers normally don’t function this way. They have a higher flow rate but lower water pressure than a proper espresso machine. You also won’t get the crema that an espresso machine creates. This is why your result won’t be authentic espresso — though it will still be delicious.

    To create your best version of espresso, modify your brewing method. It also doesn’t hurt to use a drip coffee brewer with a “concentrate” brew setting. For example, Ninja makes a few models with this handy function.

    Espresso in a Drip Machine – 3 Simple Steps:

    1. Pour in and tamp coffee grounds.

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    Put one heaping tablespoon of fine to medium-fine coffee grounds into the coffee filter. Press the grounds down, to help with the pressure during the brewing process. It isn’t going to be officially like tamping, but it will help the process.

    2. Add water.

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    Pour about two ounces of warm water into the water reservoir.

    3. Start brewing!

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    Now it’s time to press “Brew” and wait. If you have the option of selecting “Concentrate Brew,” do that instead. Enjoy!

    RELATED READ: We also recently wrote a step-by-step guide on brewing Café Bustelo with your drip coffee maker. Worth checking out for some inspiration.

    Modifications to Make it Work

    What modifications do you need to make to brew high-quality espresso in a simple drip coffee machine? Here are a few tips to improve your brew:

    1. Adjust the amount of water.

    You want to use less water than you would normally. The best proportion for brewing espresso in a coffee maker will be about two ounces of filtered water per tablespoon of ground coffee.

    Not quite right? You can experiment and adjust the proportions until your espresso is perfect. The final proportion you use is up to you and your coffee preferences.

    2. The grind is important.

    You don’t want it too coarse, because that will let water percolate through the grounds too easily, which results in a brew that’s not rich in flavors and sometimes weak. On the other hand, if the grind is too fine, the brew will take longer and the coffee will come out bitter. No one wants that! Normally fine grind is best for espresso, but when brewing it in a coffee maker, a medium-fine grind works well.

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    3. Pay attention to the water temperature.

    The filtered water used to brew espresso in a coffee maker might need to be warm when it’s filled to reach the right temperature during brewing. As we mentioned, drip coffee makers don’t always reach the correct temperature needed to brew espresso. Using warm water will help because the machine will heat it more during brewing.

    According to the National Coffee Association, you want your water between 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit so that it gets the best flavors as it goes through the grounds.

    4. Use bold coffee or espresso blends.

    Looking for the robust flavor of true espresso? Try using a bold coffee blend. Some examples of blends that are good for espresso are all dark roasts, like Italian, French, or Espresso. However, you are free to use any roast of coffee you like.

    Maybe you love light roasts, which make pretty impressive espressos. Or maybe you tried a flavorful medium roast and you want to taste a concentrated version of it. This is the perfect opportunity! Another suggestion is to use Vietnamese coffee or Bustelo coffee. These are international ground coffees that have a very strong taste.

    Follow these simple steps for cleaning an auto-drip coffee maker for a germ-free home brewer and a fresh tasting cup of joe.

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    For many, a daily run to the local coffee shop has become a cherished morning routine. But costs for that store-bought brew can add up quickly. And when getting out isn’t possible, nothing can be more convenient than a morning walk to the kitchen for that cup (or several cups) of just-right joe.

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    Drip Coffeemaker

    A man pours coffee from a coffeemaker carafe into a mug. It’s important to clean your drip coffeemaker regularly.

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    Your coffee routine should include basic cleaning to ensure your home auto-drip brewer makes its best tasting coffee and doesn’t breed germs. A 2011 study conducted by NSF International found that coffee reservoirs ranked as the fifth-germiest place in the homes sampled.

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    Lisa Yakas, a microbiologist and senior project manager at NSF International, says coffee makers are so germy for two primary reasons: moisture and warmth. “Also, people may not be aware of the need to clean their coffee makers regularly, which allows more time for growth,” Yakas says.

    Always check the cleaning recommendations in your machine’s manufacturer’s manual. Yakas also recommends the following cleaning routines. You’ll just need a little soap for daily cleaning. Every month or so you’ll want to clean your coffee maker with vinegar.

    Syphon brewer is probably the most exciting way to brew coffee. Syphon brewing involves fire or halogen beam heater, vacuum effect and fancy looking lab equipment which all make so exciting. Syphon brewer, invented in Germany in the early 19th century, is a full immersion brewer which leads to full-bodied and full-flavoured cups. Brewing coffee with syphon can be a little tricky so let’s see the steps how to brew coffee with syphon.

    What is syphon brewer?

    A syphon brewer has basically four parts; top and bottom chambers, a filter and a heat source. Brewing water is added to the bottom chamber and heated with the heat source (fire or halogen beam heater). Once the water is hot enough, gases start to escape from it and vacuum is created which will then move the brewing water to the top chamber. The top chamber is the used to brew the coffee. Once brewing is done, the heat source is put off which will cool the air in the bottom chamber. This creates another vacuum which will pull the coffee down to the bottom chamber and the coffee is ready to be served!

    Though it might seem really complex and hard to brew coffee with, it’s not actually all that difficult. You just need to get familiar with it and it might be a good idea to play around with syphon empty few times before starting to brew coffee.

    Steps to brew with syphon

    1. Attach the filter

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    The filter has a chain that you need pull down and attach its clip at the bottom of the funnel.

    2. Add water

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    If you want to things to happen a bit quicker, use pre-boiled water. In this recipe we are going to use 300 grams of water so measure that with a scale. Dry the outside of the bottom chamber after adding the water so that the globe doesn’t crack when if apply heat to it.

    3. Heat the water

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    Put the bottom chamber on top the heat source (butane burner or halogen beam). Turn the heat source to maximum and place the funnel loosely into the bottom chamber so that it isn’t completely attached.

    4. Measure and grind your coffee

    Getting the water to boil might take some while so this is a good time to measure and grind your coffee. In this recipe we are using 20 grams of coffee. Grind it to quite coarse (similar to Chemex – 8-8,5 on EK43).

    5. Attach the top

    Once the water starts to boil, attach the funnel to the bottom chamber and make sure they are put together “tightly”.

    6. Add your coffee to the water

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    It might take some seconds to the water to fill the top (there is always some water left in the bottom chamber ). Once the top is filled, add the coffee to the water. Give it a good stir with a spoon or bamboo stick and start your timer.

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    7. Brew

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    We are going to brewing for 1:30 minutes. After 45 seconds, give the coffee a 2nd good stir.

    8. Turn off the heat

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    Just before 1:30, turn off the heat.

    9. The drawdown

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    Once you have turned off the heat, the coffee will draw down back to the bottom. The drawdown should take close to 1:00. So the total brew time will be 2:30.

    10. Enjoy!

    You can place the funnel in the black base and remove the globe from top of the heat source. Just be careful as the parts might and will be hot. Serve the coffee from globe with a smile and enjoy!

    To know more about hand brewing, check out our brew guides! There you can find brew guides for Hario v60, Chemex and many more.

    Commercial coffee machines brew quickly to shorten the wait time for users, such as convenience-store or doughnut-shop customers, employees of a business, or attendees of an event such as a convention, a meeting or a Sunday school class. Commercial coffeemakers brew one or more pots of coffee at a time and have multiple warming plates to satisfy the demand by multiple users in busy stores or large offices. Essentially all types of commercial coffee machines use the same basic principles to make your morning java.

    Turn the tank heater switch to the “On” position. Depending on the make and model of coffee machine, yours may or may not have a tank heater switch. This switch turns the heater on in the water reservoir.

    Turn the master “On/Off” switch to the “On” position. A red light will illuminate showing there is power to the machine. Models without individual tank heaters use the master switch to turn on the burners and tanks at one time.

    Grasp the filter basket handle and pull it out of the machine. Either put a pre-packaged coffee pod in the basket or place a coffee filter and fresh, dry coffee grounds in the basket and gently shake the basket side-to-side to level the fresh grounds. Push the basket back into place in the coffee machine.

    Place the appropriate container underneath the filter basket. Some commercial models use coffee pots or carafes that simply sit on the warming plate under the filter basket. Other models use large thermos bottles without warming burners. Remove the lid from a large thermos bottle and center it under the filter basket.

    Fill the water measuring pitcher with cold water. Commercial coffee makers include a measuring pitcher for pouring the water into the appliance. Open the lid above the coffee filter and pour the water into the tank. Coffee will start brewing using the hot water in the reservoir; the water you just poured in refills the reservoir and gets hot for the next pot of coffee. Be aware, some models of commercial coffee makers attach to the water lines in a building to refill the reservoir automatically after each pot of coffee is made.

    Repeat this procedure for dual brewing stations with two pots to make the second pot of coffee at the same time.

    Place a pot on the warmer to keep it warm, if the coffee maker is the type with warmer plates, and turn it on while making a second pot if the coffee maker has a single brew station.

    Screw the lids on thermos-type containers in a clockwise direction after brewing is complete to keep the contents warm.

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    Troubleshooting / FAQ’s

    My Bialetti leaks water or steam out the sides.

    • Check the ring, and replace if worn.
      Replacement rings can be purchased from spare parts or your Bialetti stockist.
    • Ensure the top of the water chamber and the ring are clean and free from coffee grounds
    • Ensure you are not using a grind of coffee that is too fine, and it is subsequently getting caught in the spout where the coffee normally comes out. If it is, get yourself a pipe cleaner, take out the ring and filter and give the upper spout a good clean from the underneath side
    • Ensure the coffeemaker is firmly screwed together

    Coffee does not come up to the top.

    • Check filter plate (4) is clean and clear of debris. Replace if worn.
      Replacement filters can be How to use a coffee makerpurchased from spare parts or your Bialetti stockist.
    • Check funnel (2) fits snugly into bottom chamber (1) and is not bent out of shape or worn around the edges.
      Replacement f unnels can be purchased from spare parts or your Bialetti stockist.
    • Ensure the coffee grinds are NOT packed into the funnel as this hinders the flow of the water.
    • Your grind may be too coarse or too fine. Do not use a fine espresso grind as this may clog the coffeemaker.

    The inside of my coffee maker has gone a white colour.

    • This usually happens when the coffeemaker is not dried properly, causing the aluminium to naturally oxidise. To clean the inside, use a dish brush and warm water with a little white vinegar added, and dry thoroughly before storing.

    My handle has broken.

    • Usually the result of using the handle as a lever to open or close the coffeemaker. Remember to wait for the coffeemaker to cool down and then open by grasping the top and bottom sections and twisting.
      A replacement handle (Moka Express only) can be fitted for a small charge. Please contact us or your Bialetti stockist to arrange this service.

    The safety valve is releasing steam and/or pressure.

    • The safety valve is an important safety feature of your Bialetti pot. If steam or pressure is being regularly released from the safety valve, do not ignore as your pot may be blocked, or have a faulty safety valve.
    • To check for a blockage, disassemble your pot by removing the ring and filter, and cleaning inside the column of the upper chamber. Then check the funnel to ensure it is not bent nor restricting the flow of water. Finally, located in the middle of the safety valve is a small piston, move the small piston in a circular motion to remove any clogging within the valve potentially caused by lime scale or other sediment.
    • Should after these actions the safety valve continues to activate, cease using your pot immediately and return to your authorised Bialetti stockist for checking/servicing.

    There is water left in the bottom chamber.

    • Not all the water goes from the bottom to the top as it is impossible to do so. This is because the funnel is designed NOT to touch the bottom of the pot. Otherwise it is difficult for the water to flow under pressure from the bottom chamber, and up the funnel into the top chamber. For this reason, there is always liquid remaining in the bottom chamber after brewing. Typically what remains also includes coffee infused water that has dripped back down from the funnel. This water left in the bottom chamber is perfectly normal and should be discarded once the pot has cooled.

    What size Bialetti Stovetop should I buy?

    • The size of your Bialetti stovetop depends on how much coffee you like to drink in any one sitting, how strong you like it and how many people join you. When Bialetti says “2 cup”, that is to say your stovetop will produce “two espresso cups” of coffee. An espresso cup of coffee generally amounts to approximately 30mls.
    • You must not underfill the water in the base or put too little coffee in the filter to try and achieve a lesser quantity of coffee output because this will affect the pressure and effectiveness of your stovetop. Therefore, when you purchase your Bialetti make sure you are buying the correct size for your typical use. In many Italian household’s, there are a couple of sizes in the cupboard to accommodate everyday use, versus when guests are around.
    • Often in New Zealand, people like to drink their coffee with milk and often quite strong (like a classic Flat White). If you were to make a Flat White with a Bialetti stovetop, it would take approximately “2 cups” of coffee, and added milk from a Tuttocrema.

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    Here’s how to make coffee without a coffee maker! Use this method when you don’t have access to coffee making tools.

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    Don’t have access to a coffee maker? Are you traveling, or backpacking and in need of campfire coffee? No problem, we’ve got a method that works for whenever you don’t have your trusty coffee making tools. Here’s how to make coffee without a coffee maker! Also called Cowboy Coffee, it’s an easy way to make a cup of joe without any fancy equipment.

    Looking for a different type of coffee? Go to How to Make Espresso without a Machine and How to Make Cold Brew.

    Ingredients & tools for coffee without a maker

    If you’re stranded without a coffee maker, never fear! You can make a great cup of coffee without any fancy tools. This works when you’re traveling, camping, or if you just don’t have a maker at home. All you need is some way to boil water, be it an open fire or an electric tea kettle.

    • 3 tablespoons ground coffee, medium coarse ground
    • 1 pinch salt
    • Method for boiling water: tea kettle, pot, etc.
    • Canning jar or small pot
    • Strainer or other straining method (see below)

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    What’s the salt for?

    Why use salt in coffee? Using just a pinch helps to reduce bitterness of the coffee. This even works with traditional coffee methods. But it’s especially nice with this method to round out the flavor of the coffee while using a primitive coffee method.

    How to make coffee without a coffee maker

    Once you’ve got all your required tools, let’s make coffee without a maker! Here are the basic steps, or jump to the recipe below:

    1. Boil the water using whatever method you have access to.
    2. Allow the coffee grounds to bloom: Add the coffee and salt to a small pot, jar, or coffee mug. Add enough boiling water to just wet the grounds and let sit for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds, fill the mug with boiling water and stir.
    3. Brew the coffee: Wait 4 minutes.
    4. Strain out the grounds: We recommend using a strainer to strain the coffee into a mug. If you don’t have a strainer, dribble a bit of cold water across the top of the hot coffee, which makes the grounds sink to the bottom. Keep reading for a bit more about the straining process.

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    Coffee straining methods

    If you don’t have a coffee maker, it’s possible you don’t have a strainer. A standard trick for straining out the coffee grounds is to pour a little cold water on top to make the grounds sink to the bottom. But for us, this trick didn’t have quite the magic it promised.

    • Pouring cold water on top works…but yields a crunchy sip. Pouring a bit of cold water on the hot coffee is supposed to make the coffee grounds sink to the bottom. It does, but the resulting sip was still very crunchy. You can try this if you don’t have a strainer, but we didn’t find it to be effective. You can also wait a few minutes for the grounds to sink to the bottom.
    • Straining the coffee is the best method. Strain it right into a mug! There still may be a few floating coffee grounds, but this method gets the bulk of the grounds.

    And that’s it! How to make coffee without a coffee maker. Let us know what you think of this process in the comments below!

    Another method: cold brew coffee!

    Another way of how to make coffee without a maker? Cold brew coffee! Cold brew coffee requires no coffee maker at all. Simply combine the grounds with cold water and refrigerate for 24 hours. It has great flavor and is perfect if you’re craving iced coffee. Go to How to Make Cold Brew Coffee.

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    How to make espresso without a maker

    Looking for espresso instead? There are lots of ways to make espresso without a machine! You can use a French press, Moka Pot, or Aeropress to make decent espresso. There are also great brands of manual espresso makers that work great for traveling. Go to How to Make Espresso Without a Machine.

    Better ways to make coffee

    Making coffee without a coffee maker is not ideal! What method do we use? The Chemex is our everyday coffee. We also use some of the following methods depending on the type of coffee:

    • Try our best Pour Over Coffee for everyday drinking
    • Opt for French Press Coffee
    • The Moka Pot makes espresso-like coffee with a dark flavor
    • Here’s How to Make Espresso: multiple methods!

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    If you’re shopping for a premium coffee maker, you need to know how to use one. The drip coffee maker, invented in 1908, is a mainstay of the American kitchen. With multiple types of settings and advanced features, automatic coffee machines are much more convenient than manual pour-over coffee. Luckily, making a cup of coffee with this type of coffee maker isn’t too complicated. That said, this guide will show you how to use a coffee maker, so you don’t miss any key steps.


    • Make sure your coffee maker is plugged in and powered on. Then, fill the water tank.
    • Place a paper or mesh filter into the coffee basket and place your coffee grounds in the filter.
    • Shut the lid and start the brew cycle. Pour and serve when the machine is finished.

    If you know how to use a drip coffee maker, you should be familiar with the standard coffee maker models and how they work. Most units consist of a base with a brew button and clock, a coffee pot, and a filter basket. Of course, the kind of coffee grounds you choose is up to you. Still, most experts recommend medium-roast coffee beans for a beginner’s pallet.

    If you want a more robust coffee than drip coffee machines, consider learning to use a camp coffee percolator. That said, you will run the risk of some bitter-tasting coffee if you mess up the coffee to water ratio.

    How to Brew a Pot of Coffee

    Tools: Coffee maker, coffee grounds, brewing water

    You are better off using tap water than bottled water for any coffee maker model. Water that is too filtered will make your coffee taste bitter.

    STEP 1 Plug in the Coffee Maker

    Make sure your coffee machine is plugged in and powered.

    STEP 2 Grind Your Coffee

    You can buy pre-ground coffee from the store. That said, coffee aficionados recommend using whole coffee beans and an electric burr grinder to make a medium-coarse grind for the most delicious cup of coffee.

    STEP 3 Fill the Water Tank

    Add water to the tank. You’ll want to add an amount of water that is equal to the number of cups of hot coffee you want. Use hot water for a quicker brewing process, but nothing will go wrong if you use cold water. Keep in mind that the cup measurement on a coffee maker is equal to 6 ounces of liquid. So for example, the four cup marking on your water reservoir is equal to 24 ounces of water.

    STEP 4 Fill the Coffee Filter Basket

    Place a paper filter in the basket and scoop your dry coffee grounds into it. The more tablespoons of coffee you use, the stronger your cups of coffee will be, but on average, you’ll want to add one to two tablespoons of grounds for every 6 ounces of water. Close the lid before you start the brewing process.

    STEP 5 Start the Brew Cycle

    If you have an automatic drip-brew coffee maker, your brewing cycle will begin when the coffee bean basket is closed. With other models, your brewing instructions include pressing the start button.

    STEP 6 Clean and Serve

    Once your brewing time is complete, you may hear a tone from your machine. If not, check on the device after a few minutes. The hot plate will keep your coffee hot until you’re able to serve it. That said, don’t let it sit too long. If you do, you run the risk of it taking on a burnt flavor.

    Do not tamp down your coffee bean basket so that the heated water can saturate the grounds.


    Are single-serve coffee makers worth it?

    If you want a quick hot coffee, a single-serve machine is a great choice. That said, you’ll wish to purchase additional brewing tools if you need to serve guests.

    Why is French press coffee bad for you?

    Non-filtered coffee contains a substance called cafestol which causes cholesterol levels to rise in some adults. Since French press coffee is unfiltered, it contains this compound.

    Why is milk not added directly into the coffee maker?

    Milk will spoil during the brewing process, souring your drink and ruining your coffee maker.

    STAT: According to a survey from Gallup, unemployed Americans reported drinking 33% more coffee than the employed. (source)

    How exactly does a pour over coffee maker work? Surprisingly enough, it’s pretty simple! If you want a good cup of coffee, in your home or on the road, a Melitta Pour Over Cone is a great option. The process is quick and the clean up is even quicker.

    What you’ll need to make Melitta pour over coffee:

    • Melitta Pour Over Cone (plastic or porcelain)
    • Paper filter (#2 cone filters)
    • Prime Roast coffee, ground medium fine for a paper filter (#5 grind on an industrial grinder)
    • Hot water
    • Your favorite mug

    Time needed: 5 minutes.

    How to Make Pour Over Coffee with a Melitta Cone

    Put filter in cone and place on top of coffee mug.

    Measure out coffee.

    Measure 2 TBSP of coffee ground medium fine per 8 oz water and disperse into the cone.

    Boil water and then let it sit 2-3 minutes after boiling. Ideal temperature is 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit. If the water is too hot it will result in bitter coffee.

    Pour the hot water into the cone until coffee becomes saturated. Let bloom for 30 seconds. Continue to pour water, in a circular motion, until cone is filled. The slower you pour the hot water, the bolder and more developed your cup of joe will be. You can use a gooseneck kettle for precise pouring.

    Remove cone from mug and enjoy!

    What type of coffee should you use for Melitta pour over?

    It is best to use coffee beans that have been ground to a medium-fine grind in a Melitta pour over coffee maker. You can browse all of our coffees to find a roast or flavor that best suits your taste. At checkout, just select “Medium-Fine (Chemex, Melitta)” as the grind type, and you’ll have freshly ground coffee ready to be used in your Melitta delivered to your doorstep in no time!

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    The term “drip coffee” may or may not be familiar to you, suffice it to say, I have no doubt that if you’ve ever drank coffee in your life, you’ve had drip coffee. Simply put, drip coffee is coffee that’s brewed by coffee makers. Getting a bit more into the particulars of it, you could technically say that something like a French press or a percolator is also a coffee maker, so in this context “drip coffee” will refer to coffee made by an automatic coffee maker, meaning a carafe and a basket full of ground coffee with water hot water dripped on it.

    We use the term drip primarily as a means of distinguishing coffee from espresso since espresso is made with coffee and technically coffee itself. Yeah, it can get a bit confusing. Check out our complete guide if you haven’t already.

    The Complete Guide to Coffee and Espresso

    So why is it called drip coffee? Well, it has everything to do with how the coffee is brewed. In an automatic coffee maker, the brewing process looks something like this:

    1. A filter full of ground coffee is loaded into the coffee maker.
    2. The water reservoir is filled with water.
    3. A heating element heats the water, forcing it upwards.
    4. Water flows up to a shower head and is dripped onto the filter full of ground coffee.
    5. Brewed coffee flows out of the basket and into a carafe.

    What makes Drip Coffee Different?

    Compared to espresso, drip coffee simply relies on thermally induced pressure to send it up to the shower head, and gravity to pull it down through the grounds. It dissolves considerably less of the coffee’s soluble mass, and the paper filters common to this brew method will trap many of the oils that would otherwise be present in espresso, French press, or percolator coffee. Brewing coffee this way is uncomplicated, affordable, and thus, incredibly common among Americans to whom “drip coffee” is simply “coffee.”

    Chance’s are you’ve seen a coffee maker like this in your lifetime.

    Among the more barista inclined, the term “brewed coffee” is sometimes used to refer to manual coffee brewing methods like pour over. It’s somewhat synonymous with the terms “craft coffee” or “artisan coffee,” and the general implication is that talent and effort went into making it. Drip coffee is the product of an automatic process, you put the grinds in, you pour your water in and you push the button. Maybe you select how many cups you want, or you set the timer on your coffee maker so it stops blinking “12:00” at you, but that’s about it.

    Before we continue, I want to make it clear that the term drip coffee is not a disparagement, merely a descriptor of what is perhaps the most common brewing method in America, albeit one that requires substantially less effort than others.

    Best Drip Coffee Makers

    When it comes to brewing good coffee automatically, some drip coffee makers do it better than others. The SCA or Specialty Coffee Association sets standards for various parameters related to brewing coffee. Various manufacturers have received certifications from the SCA and its Golden Cup Standard. As far as we’re concerned, drip coffee makers that are able to achieve this standard could be considered the best. With that in mind, if you’re looking to upgrade your home coffee, we recommend checking out these coffee makers:

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    Much maligned in recent years, coffee percolators used to be one of the most popular coffee makers around. So what gives? It’s hard to pinpoint one exact cause, but certainly, the invent of the drip coffee machine, the home coffee maker and the spread of espresso culture had an impact on the fate of coffee percolators. More recent so-called advances in coffee making also played their part. Really, the stovetop percolator just started to feel a bit old fashioned.

    Some people also claim that stovetop percolator coffee is bitter compared to other brews. Old fashioned and bitter might not sound good on paper, but in reality, neither of these things should dissuade anyone from using a stovetop coffee percolator. Bitter notes in coffee are fine if properly balanced, and just because something’s old, doesn’t mean it’s not also great. Think about the typical record collection, for example. Old is so often gold.

    Properly prepared, percolated coffee can be fantastic. Really it’s a matter of skill and taste, and if you don’t try how will you ever know? That’s why we’ve dusted off our percolator (not really, it’s brand new!) and set it on the stovetop. Read on and we’ll show you how to use a coffee percolator to make a great cup of coffee.

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    How Does A Coffee Percolator Work?

    A stove top percolator works by forcing steam through coffee grounds. In this sense alone, they are similar to the espresso machine: but the similarities with this coffee maker end there. A great option is the Bialetti coffee percolator, a classic stove top coffee maker. A percolator, unlike its sophisticated relative, looks like a big metal kettle, and is placed on the kitchen stove. The water boils up through the coffee grounds and is then collected in the third chamber. Only by now, it’s not water: it’s coffee.

    That’s all well and good, but does a percolator make good coffee? How do you make coffee with it, and how does it stack up against the moka pot?

    Moka Pots vs. Percolators: Which To Buy?

    Well, again it’s completely a matter of taste. The moka pot produces a thick, dark concentrated coffee which is more similar to espresso. Whereas the percolator brews something a little more akin to your regular drip or black coffee. Arguably, the moka pot is easier to use. The stovetop percolator can be a little temperamental, and you need to be careful not to overheat or over brew with your heat source, as this will make your coffee bitter.

    In fact, the percolator’s reputation for producing bitter coffee is probably more to do with people percolating coffee for too long. With short brew times and careful temperature control, you can make a very decent cup of coffee, even if it’s your first time.

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    How Do You Make Coffee In A Percolator?

    This is how to use coffee percolator ‘tech’ to make an old school cup of coffee!


    One of the most common questions people ask is how much coffee do you put in percolator? Generally it’s a matter of taste – if you overfill the filter basket you will end up with a very strong brew, so work out how much coffee you need for now and go with that. If you make enough for the day and let it sit, it will go very bitter, so we recommend a lower amount and making more brews instead.

    Roughly, you will need about 1 tablespoon of ground coffee for every 8 ounces of water. You can also measure out your coffee more precisely using a coffee scale.


    Grind to a medium-coarse size, and ideally use a burr grinder for a better grind. This is important because if the grind is too fine it the coffee can pass through the holes with the water and into your cup. If you are using pre-ground coffee, just go medium or coarse.


    All well and good, but how do you use a coffee percolator on the stove?

    Add water to the bottom chamber of your stovetop percolator and assemble the rest. If you don’t know how, the internet will be able to tell you! Although there’s no external part, you do use a filter in a percolator. Insert the brewing mechanism, and once you’re done, place your ground coffee in the filter basket at the top of the tube. Then place the lid on the stop.

    How Long Do You Percolate Coffee?

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    Watch The Pot

    Don’t use too much heat – this will make your coffee bitter. The key here is to get water bubbling up through the coffee steadily, and without boiling! If you allow the water to boil, you will get a very bitter cup of coffee. Keep the heat low and keep a close eye on the kettle. If you see water rushing through into the top, cut the heat back.

    Once you see water bubbling at the desired rate, step back and let your coffee brew for 5-10 minutes. It’s totally up to you how long you brew. Longer times will make for a stronger coffee, however, it can also make the coffee bitter. Probably somewhere between 6-8 mins will be right for most people. How do you know when percolator coffee is done? When it tastes right to you. See our Moka Pot Brew Guide for more tips on coffee percolators.


    And that’s it – remove your coffee from the heat and serve. Make sure to remove the basket and interior chamber once your coffee is finished. This will prevent grounds from falling into your coffee, and it will be easier to use the percolator kettle as a coffee pot.

    Once you’ve made your first cup, you may want to experiment by changing the heat, the coarseness of grind, and the brew time, as all of these factors will change the taste of the final cup and make coffee with different characteristics from coffee percolators.

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    What Coffee Is Best For Percolator?

    There are several schools of thought around what is the best coffee for percolator brews. The stovetop percolator coffee makers work particularly well with less bitter coffee beans, for example Colombian and Ethiopian. But of course it is up to you. You can use regular coffee in percolator coffee makers, but if it’s not ground medium-coarse you will have grounds in your coffee.

    So there it is, a total guide to percolating. We hope you enjoy your stove top percolator coffee and have fun experimenting with these techniques. Shop on Alternative Brewing for coffee percolators here and add this traditional stovetop coffee maker to your shopping cart today!

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    No, camper van and RV owners aren’t the only folks who can enjoy a fresh cup of coffee made inside of their vehicle. We’ve found six coffee makers that can be used in your car, regardless of its size. so long as you’ve got ground beans, hot water and a shirt you don’t mind staining once in awhile.

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    We’re not here to promote distracted driving (research shows that about one-quarter of accidents are caused by distracted driving), so only passengers should be brewing up a storm while actually on the move. Otherwise, pull over before you play barista.

    Handpresso Auto Capsule

    This black bullet-like device is a fan favourite for its lack of mess. It plugs into the 12-volt socket in your vehicle, and conveniently fits in the cup holder. Add water and insert any compatible coffee capsule of choice, including certain Nespresso ones, though Handpresso also sells compostable options to cut down on waste. It takes minutes to brew and a digital touchscreen displays a percentage that climbs as the coffee prepares itself. Once ready, flip the device upside down and pour the caffeinated nectar into the small cup that comes with the device.

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    Handpresso Auto Capsule, $229 at Espressoplanet.

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    Espro Travel Coffee Press

    A dexterous person could probably make a coffee one-handed with this handheld coffee press. Make your coffee directly into a double-layer insulated cup and keep the contents hot for hours. The 12-ounce vessel offers a patented double micro filter, which gives your brew a rich flavour and mouth feel rather than the gritty feeling you sometimes get in lesser filter presses. Plus, it looks sleek in bright yellow.

    Espro Travel Coffee Press, $44.95 at Amazon.

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    Aeropress Coffee Maker

    The Aeropress is simple to use and easy to transport. It does look a bit like a scientific tool, but we promise it’s meant to press hot water through coffee grounds. And that’s basically it, steep your grounds for 10-15 seconds and then slowly push the hot water through. The resulting coffee is almost espresso-test, rather than a French press. Plus, the price is right.

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    Aeropress, $44 at MEC.

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    RoadPro 12V Smart Car Pot

    If you’re fine with your current French press contraption, or you just prefer instant coffee (weird), and just need the hot water, RoadPro’s Smart Car Pot will do the trick. It plugs into the cigarette lighter and boils water just as an electric kettle would, but with a space-saving design and more travel-appropriate lid. Once you finish your morning brew, you can prepare a nice warm chowder for lunch… just be sure to wash it in between.

    RoadPro 12V Smart Car Pot, $40 at Amazon.

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    Handpresso Wild Hybrid Coffee Machine

    This handheld device is so compact, you can break it down and store it in the glovebox when you’re not using it. The Handpresso also earns points for its versatility as it can use both coffee pods like Illy, but also grounds from your favourite company. A handle that looks like a bicycle pump is pulled from the bottom of the device and a pressure gauge shows you how much to pump. Then add your coffee, hot water (or cold, if you want an iced espresso) and allow the pressure to send the water through the grounds and into your cup.

    Handpresso Wild Hybrid Coffee Machine, $121 at Amazon.

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    Waco Nanopresso

    This is the smallest gadget on the list, weighing in at less than a pound and about six inches in length. It comes with everything you need built into the pill-shaped vessel, from the filter to the water reservoir to the cup that you’ll sip espresso from. Add boiling water to the water reservoir, fill with finely-ground coffee and use the pump on the front to send the water through the device.

    Waco Nanopresso, $95 at MEC.

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    How to use a coffee maker

    Making coffee in an automatic coffee maker seems so common and easy, but if you’ve never done it before, it can be pretty intimidating. Don’t worry – using my step-by-step instructions, you will learn exactly how to make coffee in a coffee maker. You will know how to make not just any coffee, but really good coffee!

    The exact way of how you make coffee will depend on your particular model of coffee maker machine, but they are all pretty similar. All automatic coffee makers have 3 main components: water reservoir where you put clean water, coffee bean basket where you put coffee beans, and the pitcher (called carafe) that stores the coffee made by the machine.

    First, here’s the overview of using the coffeemaker in a nutshell:

    How To Make Coffee In A Coffee Maker


    • 2 tbsp ground
    • 1 cup water


    1. Line the coffee basket with a paper coffee filter.
    2. Put the ground coffee in a filter, and close the coffee basket.
    3. Pour the water in the water reservoir of the coffee maker and close the lid.
    4. Make sure the coffee pitcher (carafe) is in the right place
    5. Press the Start button of the coffee maker.

    Using this basic process, you will make coffee in your coffee maker. The machine finishes making coffee when there is no more water in the water reservoir. To drink coffee, just pour it out of the coffee pitcher into a coffee mug, and add cream and sugar.

    Now, while anyone can make coffee, how do you make good coffee?

    Making Good Coffee Vs. Ordinary Coffee

    There are 3 main things that will make a difference in the quality of coffee that you make:

    1. Use Freshly Ground Coffee

    Coffee that’s freshly ground from whole coffee beans tastes noticeably better than the pre-ground coffee from the package. The difference is especially dramatic if your ground coffee package has been first opened more than a week ago. Ground coffee deteriorates very quickly, and that pre-ground coffee simply cannot stay fresh.

    Grinding your own coffee beans is very easy and tastes less than a minute. All you need is to buy an automatic coffee grinder – they are sold in the same department as coffee makers. Those coffee grinders are inexpensive ($20 or less), and they can make a huge difference in how your coffee tastes.

    For best tasting coffee, buy whole coffee beans. To make 1 cup of coffee, use 2 tbsp of whole coffee beans. To grind the coffee beans, just put them in a grinder and press the button. It will make ground coffee for you in just a few seconds!

    The kind of coffee beans that you buy matters too. Start with Starbucks Breakfast blend coffee beans – this is a great coffee that most people like.

    2. Use Filtered Water

    If you use the tap water that smells of chlorine, you can’t expect this water to make you good tasting coffee 🙂 For best quality coffee, use the best quality water. I use the filtered water that comes from a water filter in my refrigerator.

    3. Use Good Coffee Maker

    The best coffee makers are the ones that have thermal carafe, as opposed to the glass carafe. Thermal carafe stores hot coffee in an insulated thermos, while glass carafe keeps coffee hot by constantly heating the glass pitcher with the heating element. When the coffee is constantly heated, it starts tasting bitter.

    If you drink your coffee immediately after making it, the type of coffee maker won’t matter, but if you ever let the coffee sit before drinking it, thermal carafe is a must.

    Also, don’t go with the cheapest coffee makers – they tend to use the wrong temperature in the coffee making process, resulting in the worse tasting coffee. Invest in a coffee maker model that’s in the $70-$100 range. A good coffee maker model is Cuisinart with a thermal carafe – it costs around $90.

    On the pictures in this articles, I have a Technivorm Moccamaster coffeemaker that’s a $300 coffeemaker, but even though it’s an excellent coffeemaker, it’s probably an overkill for most people. I just love my coffee and enjoy this cool toy 🙂

    Step-By-Step Pictures How To Make Coffee In A Coffee Maker

    Step 1: Remove The Coffee Basket

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    The picture below shows the coffee basket on the counter:

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    Step 2: Line The Coffee Basket With The Paper Coffee Filter

    The most common coffee filter is a #4 cone coffee filter. Check your coffee maker instructions to determine what kind of filter you need.

    The filter goes inside the coffee basket.

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    Step 3: Put Ground Coffee Beans Inside The Filter

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    Step 4: Put The Coffee Basket In The Coffee Maker And Close It

    First, put the coffee basket with the coffee back to where it belongs in the coffee maker.

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    Next, close the coffee basket with its cover.

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    Step 5: Pour Water In The Water Reservoir

    First, open the lid on the water reservoir:

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    Next, pour water in the water reservoir:

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    After you added water, put the lid back.

    Step 6: Press The Start Button On The Coffee Maker

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    Step 7: After The Coffee Maker Is Done Making Coffee, Pour Coffee Into A Cup!

    Take the coffee carafe and pour the coffee into your mug 🙂

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    Enjoy your freshly brewed coffee!

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    Now you are a pro in making coffee in a coffee maker! For more secrets on how to make best coffee, see how to make good coffee at home.

    Also did you know that you can make Cinnamon Dolce Latte (very similar to Starbucks) at home in your coffee maker? See the Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte recipe.

    Published September 26, 2019

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    If you’ve browsed any of our coffee coverage, you know that we take our brew pretty seriously. From pour-overs to espresso machines, and from bean roast to brew strength, we have strong opinions about it all. This week, it’s all things coffee at Wirecutter.

    Cleaning coffee makers is like flossing. Most people do it a lot less than they care to admit, and they fool themselves into thinking everything is okay. Hot water will eviscerate microorganisms, right? And surely the caffeine, a natural antimicrobial, will knock out any remaining survivors.

    Well, NSF International, a public health and safety organization, has news for those folks. In its 2011 swab-down (PDF) of 22 homes, it found that yeast and mold had settled into half of all coffee machine water reservoirs tested, making them the fifth germiest item in kitchens and bathrooms—less than the pet bowl but more than (yikes) the bathroom faucet handle. In addition, water leaves mineral deposits inside the machine over time, said Jaime Levy, senior product manager on OXO’s coffee and tea team. This buildup can slow brewing and heating. Worse, noted Paul Dawson, PhD, food scientist and co-author of Did You Just Eat That?, germs can grow there too.

    Luckily, most people have healthy immune systems, so a dirty machine won’t kill someone. It will, however, serve up a pot of weak, off-tasting, tepid coffee—and take a longer-than-usual time to brew. Given that this can feel like a fate worse than death on some mornings, properly cleaning your coffee maker every day, with a full descaling every month, is worth your time.

    What to do immediately after the coffee brews: Throw out the grounds and the dirty filter from the brew basket, and wipe down any coffee residue in and around the basket and elsewhere on the machine with a clean, damp towel. Wipe dry the water reservoir and let it air dry with the latch open.

    What to do by the end of the day: Hand wash all detachable components, inside and out, with hot water, dishwashing liquid, and a clean sponge. This step will loosen any clingy germs as well as coffee oils and residue, which would otherwise mingle with fresh-brewed coffee the next day and give it a stale taste. Get into corners and grooves, where microbes nestle. Rinse well, and then wipe dry and air out. If you’re running the dishwasher, you can instead use that for dishwasher-safe components, such as brewing baskets and glass carafes (but not thermal ones; to be safe, check the manual).

    What to do every month: Clean the inside of your machine according to the manual. For some coffee makers, like our top pick (the OXO Brew 9 Cup Coffee Maker), the advice is to run a brew cycle with descaling solution. Our test-kitchen staff uses a DIY method: Fill the water chamber with one part water, one part white vinegar. Place a clean filter in the basket. Run a cycle, empty the pot, and do another vinegar cycle. Replace the filter, empty the pot again, and finish off with tap water. “Extra cycles with just water will clear out the vinegar flavor,” said senior editor Marguerite Preston. Voilà, you’ve vastly upgraded your brew for less than a coffee-bar latte.

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    Yesterday my husband and I were in Philadelphia. Our hotel provided one of those mini in-room coffee makers. I thought this might be a perfect opportunity to talk about how to make coffee in one of these machines.

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    This “Drip Coffee” maker makes only 4 (5 ounce) cups of coffee; which really means 2 normal size cups of coffee. Drip machines, no matter what size, all work pretty much the same way. Just remember to always begin with the machine turned off.

    Step 1
    Remove the coffee basket. Rip open that packet of coffee and place the inner sealed packet of coffee in the basket. (Don’t open the inner sealed bag as that acts as a filter for the coffee.) Slide the basket back into the coffee machine.

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    Step 2
    Using COLD water fill the glass carafe and pour the water into the back chamber of the coffee machine. Even though the water needs to heat up, NEVER start with hot water.

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    Hot water has impurities in it from the pipes so for all cooking start with cold water (even spaghetti water)! Plus these pots are designed to start with cold water.

    Coffee afficionados can jump in here about why we should always start with cold water for the sake of the taste of the coffee.

    Step 3
    Press the on button and let the machine do its thing. Some of them have a pause button so that you can have a few slugs before the whole pot is finished brewing.

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    Step 4
    Coffee’s ready!

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    We have just arrived in Germany. This is the coffee machine in our hotel room in Berlin…

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    …can’t wait to give this one a try!

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    Betsy Maloney said:

    I truly loved the article about hotel coffee makers. The pictures and explainations were very instructive and helpful. My husband and I often try to receive a decent cup of coffee while traveling and now I think we will have better luck. Thanks for all of the details.

    Kathy Maister said:

    Hi Betsy, great to hear from you! I tried the “Nespresso” coffee machine (last picture) and the coffee was fabulous! I’m thinking of getting one of these machines for home it was sooooo good, and easy to make once I read the direction!

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    Everybody agrees that a Keurig* machine is convenient for brewing a single cup of coffee. It’s quick, and some would say ideal for a business environment. Carrabassett Coffee is not available in pre-made, disposable K Cups, but as long as your coffee is ground correctly (choose foil filter if we are grinding for you), refilling a pod only takes seconds.

    Although convenient, K Cups leave much to be desired in regards to sustainability. That’s why we have tested out different re-usable off-brand “K Cup” options to find the pod that brews the best cup of coffee.

    After testing different pods, we selected the EkoBrew for a few different reasons. (You can purchase an EkoBrew right on our website!)

    1. The EkoBrew pod is designed with metal mesh (called foil) over the entire bottom of the pod, but hard plastic on the top and sides. This means that no water can leave the pod without going through coffee grinds, leading to stronger extraction (and therefore yielding a more flavorful cup).
    2. The EkoBrew pod is larger than other coffee pods, so you can fit just a little bit more coffee inside. More grinds= stronger coffee. Stronger coffee= yum.
    3. We found the EkoBrew to be the easiest reusable pod to clean. (Major points!)
    4. There are multiple holes in the top of the EkoBrew cap, which allow for the water to spray and evenly distribute through the coffee grinds. Many pods have only a single hole in the top, meaning the water drips straight through, missing a large portion of grinds for potential extraction.

    Using a Keurig Machine is pretty straightforward, but here are a few tips to ensure your resulting cup of coffee is as enjoyable as possible.

    1. Do not overfill your pod. As tempting as it may be to stuff your pods with extra grinds, in an effort to make a stronger cup, this will only serve to block up your machine, as the water will not be able to push through the extra grinds. Your pod should have an interior line- fill to here and don’t add extra. (If you’re a ‘single-cup here and there throughout the day’ kind of person, but you prefer your coffee strong, we’d recommend you try a pour over cone. It yields a rich flavorful cup and has a greater range of options for customization than you can achieve with a Keurig machine. Read more here.)
    2. Ensure your coffee is ground correctly. While you can put coffee ground for a drip machine through a Keurig, just slightly coarser works a little bit better. Too fine a grind will lead to sediment in your coffee cup, but too coarse will lead to the water rushing through the coffee too quickly and not extracting as much flavor. Right in the middle is the sweet spot. If we are grinding for you, choose ‘foil filter.’
    3. Use the smallest cup setting on your machine. Most Keurig machines have the option to make a 6, 8, or 10 oz cup of coffee. The amount of grinds you are using do not increase with a larger cup size- it simply means you are using more water, which results in a weaker cup. For optimum flavor, brew a 6 oz cup, and if you’d like more, refill your pod with fresh grinds and make another.
    4. Use fresh Carrabassett Coffee. Any of our coffees can be used in a Keurig machine, whether you prefer dark roasts, organics, or flavored coffee! We’ll cover coffee storage more in-depth in a future article, but keep your grinds in an airtight container, in a dark cupboard or the freezer, to maintain the strongest flavor.

    How to Brew Coffee Using a Keurig Machine

    1. Fill water receptacle on the machine
    2. Fill your EkoBrew pod (available to purchase here) to the interior line and close the lid
    3. Place pod into machine
    4. Close the machine lid
    5. Place your coffee mug
    6. Press appropriate button to brew a 6 oz cup of coffee. (You may choose to brew a larger cup, but remember that the flavor may not be as strong.)
    7. Wait for coffee to fill your cup and enjoy!

    * Pesky legal notice. Carrabassett Coffee nor EkoBrew are associated / affiliated with Keurig. Keurig and K-cup are trademarks of Keurig and Green Mountain.

    Inside every single-use appliance is a world of possibility, and this is especially true of your trusty everyday coffee maker! Discover the surprising things you can do with it right here.

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    Throughout my 9 years as a blogger (so far!), one of my goals has been to discover and share creative uses for everyday household items. Because making the most out of the things you already have is not only good for your budget, it’s good for the planet too!

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    Some of my past explorations of household items have included unconventional uses for a cake pop maker, panini press, and even a French press coffee maker! And I’ve got a list of 20 uses for coffee grounds…but today I’ll be adding to that list today by sharing even more creative ways to use a coffee maker.

    But in today’s post, we’ll be focusing on good old fashioned drip-style coffee makers instead of the French press variety. So pour yourself a cup of joe and gather round, because it’s time to learn what your coffee maker is truly capable of! 🙂

    9 Surprising Things You Can Do With A Coffee Maker (Besides Make Coffee)

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    1. Make Pancakes

    The heat plate that keeps your coffee warm can double as a little griddle ! Cook up some pancakes by pouring a small amount of batter on the preheated plate .

    Wait until small bubbles develop on the surface of the batter, then flip to cook the other side. Coffee and pancakes, anyone?

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    2. Make Grilled Cheese

    But your coffee pot isn’t only useful for breakfast. Make a quick lunch by cooking up a grilled cheese on the heat plate ! (Toss a small piece of tin foil on the heat plate first so you don’t leave behind a mess of melted cheese.)

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    3. Bake Mini Cupcakes

    Depending on how hot your coffee maker’s heat plate gets, you can even use it to bake a cupcake ! Just spoon cupcake batter into a metal measuring cup and set it on the preheated plate .

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    Baking time will vary, so I wouldn’t rely on this method if you’re in a cupcake -related rush. (But hey, it never hurts to know you could make a cupcake with your coffee maker if you wanted to!)

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    4. Melt Chocolate

    The moderate heat of your coffee maker is perfect for melting chocolate! Just pour some chocolate chips into a metal measuring cup and place it on the heat plate .

    Once melted, the coffee maker will keep the chocolate at the right temperature and consistency for hours. Use it to dress up homemade treats, or as a dip for fruit, marshmallows, or other snacks!

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    5. Prepare “Just Add Water” Foods

    One of the most functional food-related ways to use your coffee maker is to make foods that just need hot water . This includes foods like cup noodles, instant mashed potatoes, instant oatmeal, and more!

    Pour water into the machine’s reservoir and make sure the brew basket is empty. Run a brew cycle to heat the water, then pour the hot water from the carafe into your food container . Easy !

    You can also use your coffee maker to make foods that need to cook in water for a bit, like instant rice and oats. Just add the food to the pot , start a brew cycle to add hot water to the pot , and let it sit until the food is cooked to your liking.

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    6. Boil Eggs

    Hard-boiled eggs are simple to make in a coffee maker ! Just carefully place a few eggs in the empty carafe, then start a water-only brew cycle to cover them in hot water .

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    Let the eggs sit in the hot water on the heat plate for about 10 minutes, or until cooked to your liking. (A color-changing egg timer would really come in handy here!)

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    7. “Steam” Veggies

    Use your coffee maker to cook up veggies as a side dish for dinner! Place chopped veggies in the basket , fill the reservoir with water, then run a brew cycle.

    The hot water dripping over the veggies will gently cook them, and you can run another cycle to cook them even further. Use this method to cook broccoli florets, baby carrots , or pieces of asparagus !

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    8. Make Hot Cocoa

    Looking for a hot drink without the caffeine? Use your coffee maker to make delicious hot cocoa !

    Fill the carafe halfway with milk, then add about half a bag of chocolate chips . Add 1 cup of heavy cream , then set the carafe on the preheated heat plate.

    The heating element will gently melt the chips and warm up the cocoa, and all you have to do is stir occasionally!

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    9. Cook Hot Dogs

    Make an easy hands-off lunch by cooking hot dogs with your coffee maker . Just place the hot dogs (of the pre- cooked variety) in the carafe, then run a brew cycle with an empty basket .

    After 10 minutes or so, check the temperature of the hot dogs , and continue cooking until they reach your desired temperature. Then pass the mustard !

    • Empty and replace the water reservoir and brew basket.
    • Fill the carafe with equal parts white vinegar and water, then pour it into the reservoir.
    • Run a brew cycle and let sit for 10-15 minutes to soak, then discard the vinegar water.
    • Run two more brew cycles using only water to rinse the machine clean.
    • Do this process weekly to keep your coffee maker clean and to prevent flavor transfer!

    Have you ever used your coffee maker to make something other than coffee?

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    The same principle applies to making coffee. Putting the right amount of coffee grounds and water into your machine can truly make or break your cup of coffee. These are the only two ingredients for making coffee. Which makes finding the right ratio between the two so essential.

    The coffee-to-water ratio – also known as a ‘brew ratio’ – is what most coffee drinkers first notice about a cup of coffee, even if they don’t know it. But upon first sip, they can pretty easily recognize which of the three categories of strength the coffee falls into:

    1. A weak coffee doesn’t use enough coffee grounds in brewing and tastes watery, papery and flat.
    2. A strong coffee doesn’t use enough water in brewing and tastes muddy and ashy.
    3. A balanced coffee uses the right ratio of water and coffee in brewing and achieves the optimal flavor and body of the coffee.

    Even if you’re using the same machine, same coffee, and same grind size, different brew ratios will result in wildly different tasting cups of coffee. But the good news is that this is one of the few elements in coffee brewing that you have full control over.

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    Regardless of how you measure your coffee and water, you should always aim for a water-to-coffee ratio of 16:1. In other words, you should have 16 parts water for every 1 part coffee. This might seem like a lot of water and not so much coffee. But this is the ratio that the Specialty Coffee Association has determined to be the “golden ratio” for coffee brewing. Numerous studies have shown that this is the ideal ratio for nearly all human palates, regardless if you’re an experienced barista or a typical coffee drinker. And while this ratio varies slightly by brewing device, it is a good starting point for home enthusiasts, whether you make your coffee in an automatic drip coffee machine, a Chemex, a French press or an AeroPress.

    Luckily, achieving the ideal brew ratio and a balanced coffee from your coffee machine isn’t rocket science. It just takes a bit of math.

    Measuring Coffee with a Scale

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    First, decide how many cups of coffee you’d like to brew. In this example, let’s say we want to make six cups. A ‘cup’ of coffee is not a standard unit of measure, but most coffee machine manufacturers indicate that a cup is 6 ounces of liquid coffee. So making a 6-cup pot of coffee is equal to 36 ounces of liquid coffee.

    Here, we’re going to convert our 36 ounces to milliliters. Most coffee professionals use the metric system when measuring coffee and water, for two main reasons: the math is simply easier in grams and milliliters. And outside of the United States, most countries use these units of measure in their daily lives.

    Back to our pot of coffee. 36 liquid ounces is equal to about 1,020 milliliters of coffee, or just over one liter. (1 ounce is equivalent to approximately 28.35 milliliters). Now that we have our total amount of water, we can determine the amount of ground coffee to use in brewing. This is where our magic water-to-coffee ratio of 16:1 comes into play. Simply take the total weight of the water in milliliters and divide by 16. In this example, our 1020 milliliters of water divided by 16 comes to roughly 64 grams (1 milliliter is equal to 1 gram). This is the amount of ground coffee you should use in brewing a six-cup pot of coffee.

    To put it in even simpler terms, and to allow you to change the amount of coffee you want to brew, here are two equations to use to determine your amount of water and coffee you in brewing:

    Water (in ounces): (# of desired cups) x 6

    Coffee (in grams): ((# of desired cups) x 6 x 28.35) / 16

    Measuring Coffee with a Scoop

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    But if we assume that each scoop of ground coffee is equal to 10 grams, the math is quite simple. For each cup of coffee you want to brew, use an equivalent number of scoops. So if you’d like to brew a 6-cup pot of coffee, use 6 scoops of coffee.

    We can double-check this math in the same equation we used for the scale method of measuring water and coffee. To brew a 6-cup pot of coffee, we calculated that we need about 64 grams of coffee. That means we need used about 10.7 grams of ground coffee per cup (64 divided by 6). Which is roughly the amount of coffee we can fit into our scoop.

    However, it bears repeating that the amount of coffee that you scoop will vary each time you brew coffee. We suggest purchasing a scale so you can make great-tasting coffee every time you brew at home. It’s absolutely worth the investment.

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    Brewing with a drip coffee maker is easy. With the right grounds, you’ll be enjoying a balanced cup in no time.


    • Drip coffee brewer
    • Coffee filter (as needed)​
    • Mug
    • Water
    • Tablespoon
    • Your favorite ground Starbucks ® coffee, like Veranda Blend ®


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    How to Brew with a Drip Brewer

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    Add water to the reservoir

    Always start with fresh, cold water and measure the correct amount using the markers on the drip brewer.

    Brewed coffee consists of 98% water, so always use fresh, filtered water for the best taste.

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    Place the filter into the basket

    Make sure the coffee filter is the right shape and size for your drip brewer.

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    Add medium ground coffee

    Use 2 Tbsp (10 g) of grounds per cup (180 ml, 6 fl oz). For flat-bottom filters, use a medium grind resembling sea salt; for cone filters, use a finer grind resembling granulated sugar.

    Store your coffee in an airtight container away from sunlight, heat and moisture.

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    Start the brew

    Your coffee is done once the coffee is no longer dripping; interrupting the brew can affect the flavor of the whole pot.

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    Pour a cup & enjoy your coffee at home

    For the best taste, serve within 20 minutes or keep your coffee warm in an insulated container.

    Avoid reheating as it will dull the flavor. If your drip brewer doesn’t have an insulated carafe, you can transfer the coffee to a thermos.

    Each coffee machine has a different size for a “cup”—it can vary between 4–6 fl oz (118–180 ml). Not sure about yours? Measure and pour 12 fl oz (350 ml) of water into the reservoir and see how large a “cup” is.

    How to use a coffee maker

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