Home drip coffee makers are one of the most used brewing methods out there, period. Since most people either use these, have used these or will use them in the future; we thought it best to give a few guidelines on how to give yourself the best chance of creating a great cup at home without really needing to do much work. For most home drip coffee makers you really need to have a good understanding of coffee ratios, much like following a recipe for cooking. Drip coffee makers tend to brew a more medium-bodied cup with muted tasting notes.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Drip Coffee Maker
Brew Time: This depends on your coffee maker.
Step 1 - Dose, Grind and Filter
As for any brew method the amount of coffee will depend on your preferred strength of flavor and the bean density itself. We recommend starting with a 1:17 ratio of coffee to water. We’re brewing 30 oz (850g) water with 1.75 oz (50g) of coffee. That will create essentially two 12 oz cups of drip coffee. The size of the grounds should look about like sea salt.
For a better experience make sure to grind right before preparing your coffee. After grinding, your coffee loses it’s specialness rather quickly; so you want to keep your unused coffee in whole bean form and out of the sun.
With coffee makers one of the biggest things to know is the difference in conical filters and flat-bottom filters. Neither one is necessarily better than the other, but conical filters tend to brew a bit quicker. That will affect your grind size between the two.
When looking for coffee makers, try to find one that brews at an appropriate temperature setting and has an option to bloom (often called pre-wetting). Ideally 204º-208ºF is what you will want.
Step 2 - Clean up and Enjoy!
Toss out the filter and grab your pot of tasty drip coffee! If your coffee brewed too quickly, make your grind a bit finer. If your coffee brewed too long, make the grind a bit more course. Enjoy!
Pro Tip: If your coffee tastes sour, it needed more time brewing. If it tastes bitter, it needed less time.