It doesn’t have to be this way!
While we may be known for only offering coffee via pour-over (sans cream or sugar at our Main Street shop here in Kansas City, we know that everyone at home may not be in the same situation. In fact, in most homes in the US you’ll probably find one of these:
That’s right, the infamous Mr. Coffee, or maybe you dread going home to visit your parents or relatives and dealing with the swill that can come out of these things. Ether way, chances are you wish the machine sitting on the kitchen counter made coffee that tastes more like what you’ve had in your favorite shop. Well, I’m here to help you get A LOT closer to that with a couple tips to make your old auto-drip coffee pot produce great tasting coffee!
Clean your machine!
Don’t make too much, and use enough coffee.
To get a great tasting brew, you should be shooting for a coffee to water ratio of roughly 1:15. Most auto-drip machines aren’t made to accommodate this at full volume (if you brewed a full 12 “cup” pot with enough grounds, they’d start spilling out over the basket right away!) so its best to only fill to about the 8 cup mark on a standard 12 cup machine. If you have a smaller or larger brewer, use 2/3 full as a rule of thumb.
The “cup” measurement on coffee makers is actually only 6 ounces. So for every cup, you’re going to need about 8.5 grams of coffee. In a standard 12 cup Mr Coffee, I used 70 grams of medium-coarse ground coffee to get a great tasting brew.
Preheat your water
“Bloom” the coffee
The coffee will puff up as CO2 is released. Turn the brewer off, wait about 20 seconds, and turn it back on to begin your brew. Letting that gas get out of the way will help that fresh coffee get all of its delicious flavors into the cup.
Don’t let it sit.
Most home coffee makers have a hot plate where a glass carafe sits and stays hot as long as you leave it there. While it may be nice to have hot coffee available all morning/day, keeping coffee heated over a long period of time will break down pleasant-tasting acidity into bitter and acrid flavors. Your taste buds will thank you for just making enough to drink right now, or keeping extra in a thermal carafe or thermos until you drink it.
and last but certainly not least…
Use great coffee!
As always, if you have additional questions or need guidance for your brewer, email me anytime and I’ll be happy to help!