Brewing Great Coffee at Home

Cafe Phix (Post 002)

SEVEN STEPS TO A GREAT CUP OF COFFEE MADE AT HOME WITH YOUR AUTO DRIP COFFEE MAKER

  1. As mentioned in our previous post, good coffee starts with fresh beans. If you must use ground coffee be sure to use grounds that are in a vacuum sealed bag.
  2. For maximum flavor grind your coffee immediately before brewing. Experts say coffee begins to lose its flavor within 30 minutes of being ground. This being the case, it’s best to grind on the spot, just before brewing a pot.
  3. Grind size and consistency matter quite a bit, as well. Grind too coarse and you will have a weak pot of coffee. Grind too fine and you will over-extract the coffee and it will taste bitter. Most drip coffee makers call for a medium to medium-fine grind.
  4. Measure coffee by weight instead of volume. Ideally, a ratio of 1:20 (that’s one-part coffee to 20 parts water, or about 7.5g of coffee to 150mL of water) makes a fairly strong cup of coffee. For a milder cup of brew some people go as low as 1:30. It’s up to you to decide what tastes best, which is much easier to do (and replicate) once you remove all the guesswork.
  5. Pre-infuse your grounds, chances are, your drip coffee maker skips a crucial step. This preps the coffee by pouring hot water over the grounds to help release any remaining carbon dioxide gas left over from the roasting process. Skipping this step will allow the carbon dioxide to repel water during part of the brewing process, effectively making the brew weaker. To pre-infuse your coffee, insert a filter into the hopper and add your coffee grounds. Then use a kettle to preheat roughly 50 milliliters or quarter-cup of water to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Slowly pour the heated water over the grounds, making sure to thoroughly wet all of them. Let this sit for approximately 45 seconds before starting the coffee maker.
  6. Brew at the right temperature.  Another step many automatic coffee makers skip is reaching optimal temperature. The desired brew temperature for drip coffee is between 195- and 205-degrees Fahrenheit. To make sure your coffee maker gets hot enough, run it without any coffee in the hopper and use a thermometer to measure the temperature. If it never reaches at least 195 degrees Fahrenheit, see if pre-boiling your water in a kettle helps.
  7. Use the right water. The quality of the water you use is another often overlooked aspect of brewing coffee. You can achieve ideal water for your coffee brewing by using distilled water and adding capsules from Third Wave Water, but for the casual drinker lightly filtered water (from a water filter pitcher or a refrigerator’s filtered water) will suffice.

Once you’ve completed these 7 Steps, proceed to brewing the best cup of auto drip coffee you’ve ever brewed at home!

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