A Comprehensive Guide to Making Drip Coffee

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A drip coffee maker is a device that brews coffee by dripping hot water over roasted and ground coffee beans contained in a filter. The hot water seeps through the ground coffee, absorbing its flavors and aromas on the way, before collecting in a carafe or pot below. Drip coffee is one of the most popular ways to brew coffee, and for good reason. It’s simple, easy to do, and produces a delicious cup of coffee. But there are a few things you should know to make the best drip coffee possible. In this guide, we’ll show you how to make drip coffee step-by-step, as well as give you some tips and tricks for making great drip coffee at home.

What You’ll Need:

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Coffee beans

A grinder (optional)

A filter

A brewing device (like a Chemex, Pour Over, or Drip Machine)


Step 1: Choose Your Coffee Beans

The first step in making great drip coffee is to start with quality coffee beans. You can use any type of coffee bean you like, but we recommend starting with a light or medium roast. These roasts have more delicate flavors that are easier to taste in a cup of drip coffee. Avoid using dark roast beans, as they can be too intense and bitter.

If you’re not sure where to start, try our House Blend or Peru Coffee. Both of these coffees are perfect for drip brewing and will give you a delicious, well-rounded cup of coffee.

Step 2: Grind Your Beans (If Necessary)

The next step is to grind your beans if you haven’t already. If you’re using pre-ground coffee, you can skip this step. But if you’re starting with whole beans, you’ll need to grind them first.

We recommend using a medium grind for drip coffee. This will ensure that your coffee brews evenly and doesn’t taste too weak or strong.

If you don’t have a grinder, you can find pre-ground coffee at most grocery stores. Just make sure to buy beans that are freshly ground and meant for drip brewing.

Step 3: Place Your Filter in the Brewing Device

Once your beans are ground (or if you’re using pre-ground coffee), it’s time to place your filter in the brewing device. If you’re using a paper filter, be sure to wet it before adding coffee. This will help prevent the paper from absorbing too much of the coffee’s flavor.

Step 4: Add Coffee to the Filter

Now it’s time to add your coffee to the filter. If you’re using a scale, shoot for 50 grams of coffee per liter of water. This will ensure that your coffee is properly concentrated. If you don’t have a scale, just use 2 tablespoons of coffee per 6 ounces of water.

Once your coffee is in the filter, give it a gentle shake to evenly distribute the grounds.

Step 5: Slowly Pour Hot Water Over the Coffee

Now it’s time to brew! Slowly pour hot water over the coffee, being careful not to disturb the grounds too much. We recommend using water that’s between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pour just enough water to saturate the grounds, then wait 30 seconds for the coffee to “bloom.” This allows the grounds to release gases and results in a better-tasting cup of coffee.

Once the bloom is finished, continue slowly pouring water until you reach your desired brew volume. This should take 2-3 minutes.

Step 6: Remove the Filter and Enjoy!

Once all of the water has been added, remove the filter and discard it (or compost it!). Give your coffee a quick stir, then pour it into a mug and enjoy.


We hope this guide helped show you how to make drip coffee at home. Remember to experiment with different beans, grind sizes, and brew times to find what you like best. And most importantly, enjoy your cup of coffee!

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