How To Get An Awesome Brew From Your Auto Drip Machine

You can make a wonderful cup of coffee with a French press and that method is perfect for when you have a little extra time to spend on your morning cup. But what about when you're in a rush - or, let's face it, too tired to bother? Well, that's when you return to your best friend, the drip coffee maker. This steadfast occupant of your kitchen counter is there for you on those days when you just want to load in some grounds, press a button and have a steaming cup of coffee in your hand ASAP. It's quick, it's easy, and if you have a machine like the Mr. Coffee® Advanced Brew 5-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker you can even set it to have a cup prepared for when you wake up in the morning.

But are you satisfied with the cup you get from your drip machine? Read on for tips on how to get the best cup of coffee from your coffee maker.

Water quality, temperature and proportion are important to a great cup of coffee.

Water is the stuff of life, and that goes for humans, fish, monkeys and cups of coffee. Before you even think about the beans, you need to make sure your water is top notch. Make sure it's cool and filtered. Never start out with warm or hot water when using a drip machine - the temperature plays a big role in the end taste, and being too hot can ruin your morning brew. If you want your coffee to taste pure, you must filter your water. As we've discussed previously, hard water or softened water will leave your coffee with an odd aftertaste. So when you've got the right stuff, make sure you're using the proper amount. The general rule of thumb is one to two tablespoons of coffee per six ounces of water, but exact measurements will be up to your personal preferences.

That's all you need to know about water unless you're a chemist, in which case you should probably know a few other things. For those of you solely interested in water as a vital coffee ingredient, that should about cover it.

Your machine's filter type will determine the coarseness of your grounds.

Start with the type of roast. Whether you want something that's light, dark or somewhere in the middle is up to you - drip machines typically do well with all types of roasts, especially medium roasts. No matter what you choose, it's more important that you grind them according to filter type. The Mr. Coffee® Blade Grinder with Chamber Maid Cleaning System will get you the perfect grind no matter what drip coffee maker you use.

Measure the coffee accordingly, get your machine set up and flip the switch. Within minutes, you'll have an awesome cup of coffee that smells good and tastes even better. And the best part? Auto drip machines are easy to clean, so you can wake up to fresh coffee every day of the week without having to spend your evenings scrubbing and rinsing.

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