How To Brew Coffee With A Drip Coffee Maker

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First of all, coffee is brewed, coffee is not made! Huh! Just for laughs. When you want to brew coffee with a drip coffee maker, there are two factors you must consider. The controllable and uncontrollable elements. You will not have control over the time that your coffee will be brewed and the temperature of the water. You have control over the type of coffee beans, their grind, and the coffee-water ratio.

I would advise you to use a Specialty Coffee Association of America certified drip coffee maker for the best results. They brew at optimum temperatures around 200⁰F with even saturation.

Before using a new drip coffee maker for the first time, be sure to wash it including the removable parts. Put the parts back together then run one brew cycle. This cleans the entire system. Drain out the water and be ready to brew some coffee.

The Brewing Process – Using A Drip Coffee Maker

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Pre-ground coffee or roasted coffee beans and water. Distilled water is not the best since it lacks minerals that are essential in extracting the flavor from the coffee.

To brew the best-tasting coffee using a drip coffee maker, measure the ingredients in grams. For each gram of coffee use 17 grams of water. 1ml of water is equal to 1 gram of water. 1 tablespoon of ground coffee is around 5 grams. 


If you are using roasted coffee beans, first grind the beans to medium-fine particles. You can use a burr grinder or a blade grinder. You might prefer using a burr grinder as they grind evenly, and this makes your coffee taste better.

Place the filter into the filter basket. 

Add your measurements of coffee in the filter. 

Add your measurements of cold water to the reservoir. You can use the measurements in grams or for each tablespoon of water add 6 ounces of water. This will be roughly one cup of coffee

Press the start button on the drip coffee maker.

Most drip coffee makers come with a carafe with a heated bottom plate. This ensures the coffee that drips into the carafe stays warm. The disadvantage is that this makes the coffee bitter. So once your coffee is ready, pour it into a thermos.

Adjusting The Taste When Using A Drip Coffee Maker

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The size of the coffee grounds really influences the taste and quality of the drink. You cannot control timing in the brewing process of a drip coffee maker, but you can determine the taste of coffee by how you grind the beans. The water-coffee ratio also influences the taste.

For a stronger taste, grind the coffee beans into finer particles. Reduce the water to coffee ratio to 15 grams of water to 1 gram of coffee or 4 ounces of water to 1 tablespoon of coffee.

For a weaker taste, grind the coffee beans into coarser particles. Use water to coffee ratio of 18 grams of water to 1 gram of coffee or 8 ounces of water to 1 tablespoon of coffee.

If you prefer more acidic or a bitter and fruiter tasting brew, use a lighter roast of coffee beans. If you want a smokier deep tasting brew use a darker roast of coffee beans.

Final Words

Brewing coffee is an art and talent. But I believe hard work beats talent, so if you continue practicing the art of making this magical beverage you will become the wizard of magical brews. Remember that you can always adjust the measurements to achieve your preferred taste that hits your taste buds just right.

The best way to get that taste you want is by experimenting. You can use this article as a basic guide as you begin your quest to find the perfect ratios that will guarantee you that desired taste. 

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