If you love coffee, you can make the drink at home using a DIY coffee maker. The easiest way to make coffee is using the classic drip coffee maker, which is suitable for coffee drinkers in any skill level. This is a go-to for a good reason, as it’s consistent, versatile enough for any coffee you love, and easy to use. However, this should not be confused for basic coffee-making as you can expect good coffee, almost on par with manual methods. Making the coffee takes simple steps, including filling the reservoir with water, prepping the filter, and finally brewing the coffee.
An important tip to follow is ensuring the right grind, using filtered water, and proper cleaning. Here’s the breakdown of how to use a DIY coffee maker.
What You Need
• Coffee maker (10-cup)
• Paper filter (wavy basket or cone)
• Filtered water (1250ml)
• Medium ground coffee (about 16 tablespoons)
Let’s Get Started
You need to add cold water to the reservoir to get started.
• Use a basic water filter to filter your tap water for the best results. You can also use bottled water.
• Distilled water is not recommended as you need minerals in the water to effectively extract tasty flavors. Use the markings on the coffee maker or the carafe to measure your water. However, if you have a scale, you can weigh your water for consistency. (1 ml weighs 1 gram). Another idea is using half as much water and adding a half batch of ice (625 g for this recipe) in your pot. The coffee drips onto the ice to make flash-chilled iced coffee. This can be a fun idea.
Prep the Filter
If you use a cone-shaped filter on your drip coffee maker, fold the crimped edges before placing the filter in the basket. However, if you have a wavy, flat-bottomed filter, place it in the basket as is. Some coffee makers include a reusable stainless steel filter, so no prep is needed in this case.
Brewing Your Coffee
For people with pre-ground coffee, you can skip this step. If you need to grind your fresh coffee, begin at medium size (you can find grinders with a specific drip setting). Most home coffee makers don’t allow you to adjust settings like temperature and time, so changing grind size is important as it can influence taste. Check your grind setting and keep it in mind for when you need to make an adjustment, or to ensure you can repeat it easily when brewing. If you’re using a blade grinder, it does not have similar settings to a burr grinder, so grind until most of the particles are roughly the size of sand. Add the coffee grounds to the filter, then place the basket inside the machine.
Switch the machine on and allow the brew cycle to run. The machine could have extra features like the “strength” selector, but this recipe will work perfectly at the default setting. If you prefer coffee that’s stronger or weaker than this recipe, you can easily adjust the amount of coffee. The brewing process should take about three to five minutes.
Serve and Enjoy
After adding water for coffee and completing the brewing cycle, your coffee is ready to drink. If the coffee machine has a glass carafe, you can take the carafe off the warming plate because the heat of the plate could make your coffee taste bitter. Pour the coffee into a thermos if you want to keep it hot.
Not how the coffee tastes. If it’s bitter than expected, grind coarser next time, and it it’s not sweet enough, you should grind finer for the next batch.
How to Clean Your Coffee Maker
If you need coffee, you will use a coffee maker to prepare the drink. A coffee maker is a hotbed for bacteria and yeast to thrive, which means you must exercise diligence in cleaning the coffee maker. This is an easy process as you only need vinegar and water.
Pour equal parts of vinegar and water into the coffee maker and begin the brew cycle. Allow the mixture to complete the brewing cycle, then switch off the coffee maker. Remove the solution and rinse with clean water at least twice to get rid of vinegar residue.
Clean the coffee maker this way at least twice in three months, but also clean removable parts after every pot. For your carafe, you can use soap and water. Also, remember to clean the basket. Residual grounds and coffee oils can aid in bacterial production and impact the longevity of the coffeemaker.