Although there may be better ways to prepare coffee, the automatic drip method is certainly the easiest and most popular coffee brewing method, particularly when you need to serve several people at the same time.
To yield the tastiest results, follow these instructions…
How to make coffee using an auto drip coffee maker:
Ingredients & Equipment Needed To Make Auto Drip Coffee:
- Decent coffee maker that can reach a desirable brewing temperature (200 degrees). This is hard to know, but generally the more you pay, the better brewing device. Be sure to read reviews before purchasing a coffee maker to see how others have rated it.
- Swiss gold or better quality stainless steel permanent coffee filter (paper filters can filter out the essential oils and flavor!)
- Good tasting water: If you don’t enjoy drinking water out of your tap, then don’t expect it to make good tasting coffee. Softened or chlorine treated water typically don’t make good coffee either. Use bottled drinking water, if necessary.
- Good quality Arabica coffee: If the package of coffee doesn’t say it is 100% Arabica, it is most likely the less expensive Robusto coffee. Robusta is generally used for instant coffees and grocery store varieties of coffee Also, look at the roast level. Many like a dark roast coffee bean, but often times a high volume coffee roaster will roast beans dark to mask the inferior flavor of a bean. Try a light or medium roast coffee for more complex flavors. Choosing the country of origin is a personal preference. Be sure to experiment and try coffees from around the world! Consider organic varieties or choose companies you know who grow their crops responsibly.
- A decent coffee grinder: while burr grinders are generally superior, there are decent, inexpensive blade grinders which are just fine for home use. There are also some less expensive burr grinders that are fine to use as well. It will take practice not to over grind or under grind the coffee beans. By trial and error you should find the perfect grind. If the coffee tastes too weak, try grinding the beans a bit longer. If the coffee seems to take too long to brew or it gets backed up, try a grind a bit coarser.
1. Grind coffee to a medium-fine grind, within 10 minutes before brewing.
2. Add 1 tablespoon or coffer per 8 oz cup or about 8-10 tablespoons for a full pot of coffee
3. Add cold water to reservoir
5. Pour, smell the aroma, sip and enjoy!
For best results, drink your freshly brewed coffee right away. A coffee pot sitting on a warming plate will continue to cook the coffee and it will bitter over time.
If you are brewing for one, for best results, you may want to consider using an AeroPress or a French Press