How to Brew: Automatic Drip Coffee

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This is part one of our on-going series dedicated to informing you on the various methods used to brew coffee at home. Click here for more How to Brew articles!

Here I cover two approaches to brewing traditional drip coffee using an automatic or electric coffeemaker.

Despite the stigma, drip coffee can be quite delicious when correctly brewed.  Whether your cup of coffee miraculously happens as you stumble groggy through the kitchen each morning or is the product of meticulous measuring and painstaking care, follow these instructions for the perfect cup of coffee at home, every time.

The Quick & Dirty Method:

1Buy the freshest, highest quality coffee.  We recommend True Stone!

2Store coffee out of sunlight in a sealed container.  Coffee has the best flavor within 10 days after roast date.

3Set and grind beans to a medium level of coarseness.

4Measure two teaspoons of coffee for every five ounces of water.  Adjust to taste.

5Use filtered or spring water for the best flavor.  Avoid distilled or soft water.

The Calculated Method:

1Buy the freshest, highest quality coffee.  We recommend True Stone!

2Store coffee out of sunlight in a sealed container.  Coffee is at its peak two to seven days after roast date.

3Grind on a medium setting immediately before brewing.  Adjust for desired taste: too fine a grind results in a bitter flavor, while coffee ground too coarsely tastes weak.  For best flavor, use a burr grinder that produces an even, consistent grind.

4Weigh ten grams of coffee for every five ounces of water.  Adjust to taste.  At True Stone we use 4 ounces of coffee for 70 ounces of water.

5Use filtered or spring water for the best flavor.  The minerals help to better extract the coffee.  Heat water to between 195 and 205 degrees.

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