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How to Brew Great Drip Coffee

Updated on April 2, 2014

America's Favorite

 If you want to learn how to brew great coffee, why not start with America's favorite method? The automatic drip brew coffee machine is a staple in every American household, but just because it's common doesn't mean it can't brew a great cup of coffee! Drip coffee is especially suitable for those who don't like their coffee too strong, as the drip method produces a nice, mild flavor which doesn't overwhelm the palate. If you want to become a coffee connosseiur, drip coffee is also a nice place to start before warming up to bolder, and more difficult methods of brewing coffee. Are you ready to get started with a delicious cup of joe?

Grind Your Own Beans

If you're going to learn how to brew great drip coffee, the first stop on the journey is treating your beans with love. Once beans are ground they quickly lose their flavor, especially when exposed to oxygen. For the freshest, and best cup of coffee, you must grind your own beans. More than anything else, this can make the biggest difference in how your cup of joe tastes. You can either buy a separate automatic grinder, or purchase an automatic brewer which also grinds your beans as well. While more expensive, this machine really brews great, fresh coffee, and takes some of the hassle out of the process as well.

Get the Right Grind

Make sure you are getting the right grind for your particular machine. This is especially important if you are having your coffee ground at the store where you buy it. Tell the pros whether you are using a flat filter or a conical filter. Coffee that is ground too finely can result in a bitter aftertaste and when the grounds are too large your brewed cup can taste flat.

Water Quality Counts

 Another factor which can greatly affect how your cup of coffee tastes is the water you use to brew your coffee with. If you have hard water that is full of minerals your coffee will not have clarity of taste. Other evil water boogeymen include chemicals like chlorine and flouride, which also help pollute the taste of your coffee. Some coffee machines have automatic filters, which is helpful. But for the best cup of coffee possible, use the purest water you can find, whether it's filtered of bottled.

Your Filter

 Here's another culprit in the ruining of coffee, your filter. Many a paper filter dampens the quality of flavor, as well as filling up your garbage can with disposable waste. Instead of paper filters try a gold mesh filter, which delivers premium flavor and is washable as well.

Enjoy Your Coffee Right Away!

Try to get down to the serious business of enjoying your coffee ASAP. If you leave your brewed pot on the warmer for more than 15 minutes the coffee will start to develop nasty, bitter taste. If you need to buy yourself some time pour the coffee in a thermos to keep it warm. And for the love of all that is holy never, ever, microwave it. I've seen my husband do this and I can't believe he drank that sludge, the smell alone was horrible acrid.

Clean Your Machine

 Finally, if you want to learn how to brew coffee that is consistently good, you have to learn how to clean your machine. From the filter to the carafe, give everything a good scrub and rinse at least once a week. This will ensure your coffee tastes as good on Friday as it does on Monday.

Brewing a great cuppa' joe ain't hard, it just takes a few tricks of the trade and you'll be amazing yourself and your family with your fantastic brewing skills.


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    • auktionator profile image


      6 years ago from Zuerich

      Nice Hub, congrats :-)) Although, I prefer the espresso like brew. But thats personal. Please keep on your work :-))

    • Rusty C. Adore profile image

      C Levrow 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub! I love coffee and find that my home brew is often more satisfying than a coffee house. :)

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      Tony McGregor 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Great tips for a coffee addict who still likes the best taste! Thanks for the helpful info.

      Love and peace,



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