How to Make Better Coffee With No Extra Effort
Brewing with an automatic coffeemaker is as simple as pushing a button and waiting. Manual methods like the pour over are much fussier, but they may have some advantages. For instance, using a more complex brewing process allows you to control the temperature of the water and extraction of the coffee with more precision. That used to be exclusive to these fancier methods, but thanks to the Mr. Coffee® Optimal Brew™ Coffeemaker, you can have the benefits of a more hands-on brewer with the convenience of an automatic coffee machine.
Hot Enough for You?
The temperature of water used to brew coffee can have a huge impact on the final product. More than just making a cup that's hot enough, temperature can actually affect the taste of the coffee by determining how much of the oil in the beans is extracted into the beverage. If the water is too cold or too hot, it will change the flavor of the coffee for the worse, according to the National Coffee Association USA. The association recommended a range between 195 degrees and 205 degrees as the sweet spot for the best brew.
Coffee in Bloom
A process called blooming has gotten a lot more attention recently among coffee fans. It involves pouring a small amount of water over coffee grounds before brewing starts to ensure a more even extraction of oils. The idea, according to Blue Bottle Coffee, is to saturate the grounds without adding enough water that it actually begins to drip through and brew. After 30 seconds to a minute, you can then brew normally. You may notice that blooming grounds before brewing in an automatic coffeemaker results in more evenly soaked grounds at the end. That means that water is being dispersed better, extracting oils from the entire batch of grounds equally. The Mr. Coffee® Optimal Brew™ Coffeemaker features a unique automatic blooming process to give you the best quality coffee possible.
However, there's another, less obvious benefit to letting your coffee bloom. When coffee is roasted, a lot of carbon dioxide gets trapped inside and is slowly released. If you're using freshly roasted coffee and grinding it at home - as you should be - the hot water you use to brew will cause the gas to be released faster. You can actually see the grounds rise as the gas escapes, but this can also make it harder for water to penetrate them, as they're fighting the pressure of rising CO2. By blooming your coffee, you're allowing that gas to escape, ensuring that the water can do its job and deliver a tasty cup of coffee.