Although the auto-drip coffee maker is often ridiculed by coffee lovers, it is still the best choice for a lot of homes and offices looking for a quick way to make a hot pot of caffeine. Even if you are not able to get the perfect brew from a coffee maker, you can significantly improve the taste with some easy tricks. By following these steps, you will learn how to make good coffee using a plain auto-drip coffee maker:
How to Make Good Coffee with an Auto-Drip Coffee Maker Picture
Step 1 – Clean the coffee maker
It is important to thoroughly clean your coffee maker at least one a month, in order to remove the water deposits, impurities and rancid coffee oils which can affect the flavor of your cup of delight. All you have to do is run a brewing cycle with a homemade vinegar and water solution. Leave it to rest for 10 minutes and then run clear water through the machine once or twice, until you can no longer sense the smell of vinegar. Was the exterior and the coffee pot with warm water and soap.
Step 2 – Select the coffee
If you want to learn how to make good coffee, make sure you learn how to select the best beans. It is important to purchase coffee beans soon after they have been roasted and in small amounts. The longer it sits around after roasting, the more the flavor alters. Get only what you can use in 1 or 2 weeks so you always have fresh coffee that tastes better. You can even roast your own coffee in a popcorn maker.
Step 3 – Grind whole bean coffee
In order to grind the coffee at home, purchase a grinder specially designed for this activity. It is important to grind them as soon as you buy them, but only what you need for one or two days. Different coffee brewing techniques may require thicker or coarser grinds, due to the fact that the beans exchange their flavor compounds with water. Changing the coarseness means changing the overall surface area that can be touch by water, which can affect the final flavor. For flat bottom filters,try to achieve the texture of sand with a medium grind. For cone shaped filters try a medium or fine grind, just a little finer than granulated sugar and for gold or plastic permanent filters a medium grind.
Step 4 – Measure out the water
In order to learn how to make good coffee with an auto-drip coffee maker, you must learn to add the right amount of water. You can use the measuring lines on the coffee pot and use it to pour the water in the coffee maker. For every six ounces of water, use 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee. However, this quantity can be adjusted according to each individual’s preferences.
Step 5 – Pay attention to the quality and temperature of the water
For brewing processes, the water must have a temperature of 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit, just below boiling. Hotter water will scald the coffee, while colder water won’t extract enough flavor from the beans. Use filtered or bottled water in order to achieve the best coffee.