Whether you prefer pour-over or espresso, it is hard to deny the power of a fresh cup of coffee. Sites like Keurig and Starbucks have recognized this fact and are working tirelessly to make their coffees as convenient. However, if you’re in the mood to craft your cup from scratch (and save some money), it takes a little know-how and patience! That’s why we brought together this list of how to use coffee makers.
This blog post covers everything from choosing the right type for you to how to brew your perfect cup (without any pesky frills). By the end, you’ll have a solid understanding of using a coffee machine and all the different types available for you to choose from!
How to Use Coffee Makers
However, before we get started, it’s important to note that there is no one perfect coffee maker for every person. Some people prefer espresso-based drinks, and others want a good old cup of joe. Whatever your preference may be, this blog post will help you find the perfect way to brew whatever tickles your fancy.
So without further ado, let’s jump into using a coffee maker.
Part 1: Basic Coffee-Making
Step 1: Fill the Pot
The first step in making coffee is to fill the pot with fresh water. Place the pot on the warming plate and wait for it to come to a boil. Once the water boils, remove the pot from the warming plate and follow next step.
Step 2: Add Coffee
Add coffee to the filter holder on the side of the pot. Different machines require different amounts, so refer to your machine’s instruction manual for guidance about how much coffee to add for your particular model.
Step 3: Add Milk and Sweetener
To make a cappuccino, you’ll need to add milk and sweetener. You can use any milk you like or have on hand, but adding too much will result in an overly foamy drink. If you’d prefer to use a sweetener with your cappuccino, you can add a little bit of sugar or honey to taste.
Step 4: Turn on Power Source
Place your coffee machine on the power source and wait for the brewing chamber to heat up. If you have a metal pot, the machine will beep, and the indicator light will turn on to let you know that your coffee is ready. It may not be as loud or obvious as some other machines, but it’s still a good idea to turn off any music or other electrical devices that might produce noise to hear when your coffee maker starts brewing.
Step 5: Add All Ingredients
Additionally, make sure you add all of your ingredients before brewing. After this step is complete, pour in hot water until it reaches the turbidity mark on your jug. You must wait for the water to reach boiling temperature before you can start brewing. If the water is too hot, it will damage your coffee grounds.
Step 6: Brew
Starting at the bottom of the pot and moving counter-clockwise, use a scoop or measuring cup scooped full of grounds and pour them directly into the pot. This ensures that all of your grounds are evenly distributed around the cylindrical walls within each filter as they steep in hot water.
Step 7: Wait for Brewing to Finish
Wait for it to brew! This part can be quite a wait, as you’ll have to wait for about 5 minutes for your coffee maker to make your morning beverage. It’s safe to remove the lid during this process, though, so if you don’t want your coffee pot stealing valuable real estate on your countertop or in your cabinets, feel free to remove it after a minute or two!
Part 2: Cleaning Your Machine and Making More Coffee
Remove any residue inside your pot by using vinegar or lemon juice as a natural abrasive. Make sure you remove any paper towel or cotton cloth used to clean up after. Rinse out all lingering residues with running water. Note: vinegar and lemon juice will clean and disinfect the inside of your coffee maker, but they are not a substitute for using bleach to sterilize the machine.
Step 1: Remove the pot and the filter
Remove the filter and lid completely from your machine, and wash them in your dishwasher or by hand in hot, soapy water. Wash off any residue with a vinegar-water mixture.
Step 2: Remove parts from the machine
Turn off the power to your machine, then lift each part out of the machine with a paper towel. Rinse each item individually using cool water. First, remove the pot to clean thoroughly, then remove all of the other parts: drip tray, warming plate (the plastic plate that sits below the coffee grounds), cord holder, and power cord.
Step 3: Wipe down internal parts with paper towels
Wipe down all the metal and plastic parts, including the warming plate, drip tray, plastic card holder, and metal pot. Turn the parts upside-down so nothing lodges in any of the cracks. Rinse off any residue with cool water.
Step 4: Wash out the machine
Put one cup of water in your machine, turn it on and run until the water has brewed out completely. This will ensure that no calcium is left behind in your machine.
Choose your preferred brewing method ahead of time (and pick the right kind of coffee maker for you)
Here is a quick checklist of what type of drink you might want. If the word “espresso” makes you cringe, this list won’t be for you. To make espresso-based drinks, you will need an espresso machine with a built-in grinder. These devices are called super-automatic machines and normally cost over $1000. They can do many things that home machines can’t, but they are not recommended for beginners as they will require learning all kinds of special features.
To make a good cup of pour-over, you will need to use a specific grind setting, have measured correctly, and brew correctly. To get started with pour-over brewing, you will need three tools:
- A kettle
- A burr grinder
- A good cone filter
When choosing your grinder, you want to choose one that grinds uniformly (makes an even grind). This will allow you to get the most out of your home grinder. The burr should be able to grind to the right size setting and should take a nice even grind. The size of the hole in the grinder needs to be wide enough so that you can easily fit beans in but small enough so that everything is ground evenly. The most important part of choosing a burr grinder is that it must be easy to clean as they generate quite a lot of coffee residue.
Once you have chosen the type of coffee maker, you should next decide how many people will be using it. Do you want to use a machine that can make one cup at a time (like the Keurig), or do you want something with a little more power behind it? If so, consider getting an espresso machine with a grinder. These can make multiple cups of coffee (and are perfect for hosting parties and holidays).
Which coffee filter filters are best?
When choosing your coffee maker, don’t forget to choose what kind of filters it takes! This may sound obvious, but it is an important part of the process. You will need a specific kind of filter for which kind of coffee maker you have. That is, of course, unless you make your filters. If you are using a cone filter to pour over your coffee, there are plenty of resources online about making these. One resource for this is in this very blog post!
For now, though, let’s talk about where you can get coffee filters and what kind to choose. There are many different options out there: mesh, gold mesh, and paper (cellulose) filters. The main difference between them is the quality of the coffee they produce.
Mesh Coffee Filter:
This type produces a higher quality coffee than a paper filter because it allows more oils and essences. It also allows more of the bean to be exposed to the liquid and, therefore, a stronger flavor.
Gold Mesh Coffee Filter:
This type is more expensive, but it produces a similar amount of oils and essences. If you use this type, you will be able to use your home grinder to grind your beans further and create an even grind.
Paper Coffee Filter:
This type is good if you want to keep costs down as it uses less paper and allows you to reuse it multiple times. However, it is not necessary to filter coffee, so I recommend regular paper filters.
A word of advice, however. You can’ cheat’ the system if you choose a filter that lets oils through and then pours your coffee filter into a paper filter. The paper filter will catch the coffee grounds and bypass all oils and essences. This may be all you need because it would be more cost-efficient than getting either a gold or mesh filter.
Brewing Instructions: How to use a coffee maker
There are multiple ways to brew coffee, but the most popular ones people use at home are here.
Pour-over: This is the best (and, in my opinion, the easiest) way to brew coffee at home. It is simple, inexpensive, and produces a high-quality cup of a cup full of flavor. To brew your pour-over coffee you need a few things:
A burner/burner (note: don’t use an electric stovetop as you will be applying direct heat to your glass carafe), A kettle, Two mugs, One thermos, One #4 paper filter, or gold filter. Keep in mind that I recommend using a gold filter for an even grind size and producing a better flavor. The beans of your choice.
Step 1: Boil water in the kettle and let it cool for about four minutes. You can do this on the stove or in the microwave.
Step 2: When your kettle has cooled down, fill it up with water and put a pour-over filter in it.
Step 3: Add the desired amount of beans to the filter (I like to use about 1/4 cup for two people), and make sure you leave room for more beans if you want to make extra cups of coffee. Once you have finished brewing, be sure to rinse out your filter so that your next batch can be perfect as well!
Step 4: If you are using an espresso machine to make a cup under 170 degrees Fahrenheit, measure out 1/2 teaspoon of espresso into a mug and pour hot water. I have tried this on my automatic coffeemaker, and it produces a strong, delicious cup of coffee.
If you cannot use a pour-over method, there are also other options. There are machines out there that will do the work for you for those who want to make espresso drinks or need more than the 60-second or 30-second cycle.
Drip: This method is very popular in dorms and apartments because it takes less space than a pour-over and produces great-tasting coffee. These machines also make it easier to get your morning cup of coffee but a bit trickier to create and clean. To brew drip coffee, you will need:
A filter basket (one piece of paper won’t be enough), A cone filter (like the ones at your local coffee shop), A dripper (like the ones at your local coffee shop) A machine that can handle these tools (such as a Keurig)
Drip brewer: The drip device that you place on the machine is a pump that continuously pushes water through the grounds to make the cup of coffee.
Most models have an adjustable flow rate, so you can adjust how fast it flows through and how strong it is. The dripper is the most important part of this process, as it will allow your coffee to release its oils slowly. Some models have these built-in, and others are separate pieces.
In conclusion, using a coffee maker is a great way to make coffee quickly and easily. There are many different types of coffee makers available, so be sure to choose the right one for you. Follow the steps above to make the perfect cup of coffee every time.