It’s natural to assume that the simpler the coffee brewing method, the less likely you are to come out with epic results. Drip coffee is a perfect illustration of the point, which is just about as simple coffee brewing method as it gets.
Hence, you’d be forgiven for thinking that drip coffee could never be as good as a cup brewed with the fanciest all-singing, all-dancing gadgets on the market.
You’d also be wrong, as for many reasons drip coffee can be consistently outstanding.
Best of all, it’s also one of the cheapest and quickest ways to brew a cup of coffee, which is actually quite difficult to go wrong with. There are a few golden rules for making a great cup of drip coffee, but none of them require advanced level knowledge to pull off.
Quite the opposite - all you need is a decent drip coffee maker, a quality paper filter, some water and a measure of premium quality coffee.
Here’s how the whole thing works in five simple steps:
This is where most people go wrong, as coffee that’s past its prime for any reason will always lead to disappointing results. Just because you are using a cheap and easy brewing method doesn’t mean you need to resort to cheap coffee. If you want your drip coffee to taste great, you need to start out with great ingredients in the first place.
Along with ensuring you grind your beans as close to the time of brewing as possible, you also need to target the ideal consistency. You’ll be aiming for a medium grind - not too fine and not too course. There’s a fair amount of trial and error involved here, so feel free to experiment with different grinding times and consistencies.
Or if preferred, use bottled water. Either way, switching to purer water could make a bigger difference to the quality of your coffee than you could ever imagine. This is particularly true in hard water areas, though applies pretty much everywhere - unfiltered water almost never makes for quality coffee.
As soon as your coffee has finished brewing, turn off the heat or remove the vessel from the heat source (if using an auto drip coffee brewer with a pot heater). This is to avoid the flavor of the coffee being affected by being kept on the heat too long - enjoy it as quickly as possible after brewing for the best possible results.
Last up, you need to get into the habit of cleaning your machine as frequently as your coffee consumption habits necessitate. If you drink copious quantities of drip coffee on a daily basis, give your machine a good clean at least once a week. If you don’t use your machine all that often, it is still important to clean it at least once a month. Simply passing a diluted vinegar solution through the machine will usually get the job done, or you can pick up a specialist cleaning product if preferred.
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