Probably the most common method of brewing coffee, the standard “Mr. Coffee*” style coffee pot should not be overlooked. You may be surprised at how many people buy coffee out of the house, at a coffee shop, every morning because they think it’s too hard to make good coffee at home. Believe it or not, getting a good brew out of your drip coffee pot is usually just a matter switching up your method a little bit. If you like your coffee strong and robust, but your drip pot is producing an anemic, sad cup, take a look at a few different factors:
- How fresh is your coffee?
- We’ll go more in-depth regarding coffee storage in a future post, but if you buy smaller batches, more often, and store in an air-tight container in the freezer or a dark cupboard, your coffee will retain more of its flavor.
- How is your coffee ground?
- Too fine a grind will plug up your coffee machine and leave you with sludge in your final cup. Too coarse a grind will mean less extraction (so your coffee will taste weak). A nice, medium grind is usually perfect for a drip coffee pot.
- What is your grinds to water ratio?
- We, here at the Carrabassett Coffee Company office, recommend a pretty grind-heavy ratio of water to coffee grinds. Most of the time, if you’re not happy with the results coming out of your pot, you just need to use more coffee!
- Are you just too familiar with the coffee you’re drinking?
How to brew coffee using a Drip Coffee Pot
- Fill coffee pot with water to desired amount (most coffee pots have lines on the side to indicate how many cups of brewed coffee will be produced)
- Pour water into water receptacle on the top of the machine
- Put Paper filter in place
- Measure your coffee grinds. A good ratio is 2-3 level TBS per cup of water. (Adjust this as necessary to taste)
- Add grinds to paper filter
- Close lid
- Press appropriate button for your machine to brew your coffee
- Wait until it’s done dripping, then pour and enjoy!
*Pesky Legal Notice: Carrabassett Coffee is not affiliated with Mr. Coffee or Sunbeam Products Inc.