There’s nothing to be ashamed about if you don’t know how to use a coffee pot There are many reasons why one wouldn’t know how to make use of a coffee pot. These reasons include (i) the desire to do things the old fashioned way (ii) you just buy your coffee from a coffee shop (iii) someone else has been doing it for you
You’ll be surprised to find out how many people fall into each of these categories; so you are in good company.
So perhaps you have decided to join the modern world or maybe you got a coffee pot for Christmas and you don’t know how to use it. Or you are now on your own and there’s no one to brew your coffee for you; not to worry, we are here to help you out.
The Basics Of Using A Coffee Maker
Most coffee pots are quite easy to use; what with the fact that they come with instructions or user manual. But all the same, we would give you the basics of getting a great cup of coffee from your coffee pot.
It is more common to find a coffee maker with its own mesh/metal filter than not. If your coffee maker doesn’t come with a filter, then you need to buy a good quality one. Do not go for cheap generic or paper filters. It is best to always use the filter specified by the manufacturer of the coffee maker.
That being said, let’s get on to the steps
The 5 Simple Steps To Using Your Coffee Maker To Brew Coffee
- Place a coffee filter in the filter basket and measure the quantity of coffee required (as per the water ratio; that is the amount of water required) into the filter.
- Measure out the right quantity of water for the coffee that you have measured into the filter. Then use the coffee pot to pour in the cold water into the coffee maker . Do not pour in cold water into the filter; pour it into the reservoir meant to hold the water until brewing time. Then place the coffee pot back on the warmer of the coffee maker.
- Plug in your coffee maker and let it do its work. It can start brewing automatically or may require that you set it manually. It all depends on the model/brand of your coffee maker .
- Wait until the brewing process is complete before you pour yourself a cup. But if you don’t want to wait for a full brewing cycle, you can pause the machine. However, some coffee makers do not have a pause function.
- Ensure that you remove the coffee grounds immediately the brew cycle is completed or else the continued extraction would give you bitter tasting coffee. Discard the filter if you used paper filter or wash if you used mesh/metal filter.
Let’s us just throw in some bonus tips that would help you get the best from your coffee pot. These tips are from coffee connoisseurs with years of coffee experience below their belts.
Always Clean Your Coffee Carafe/Pot
Just like any other home appliance that comes in constant contact with hot water, your coffee pot is guaranteed to have mineral buildup over time. The oil residue from the coffee and the mineral buildup would all combine to give your brewed coffee an “off” taste.
So in addition to the daily rinsing out of your filter basket and coffee pot, you have to create time to descale and refresh your coffee pot. Click here to read our article on how to clean a coffee pot for more information and tips.
Remove Your Coffee Pot From The Warmer Plate
Some coffee makers turn off automatically when their brewing cycle is done while others stay on “keep warm” mode. To this end, the best thing to do when the brewing cycle of your coffee is done is to remove the coffee pot from the warmer plate.
Brewed coffee left on heat for too long can get scalded and this would give you bitter tasting coffee. That is why you either remove the coffee pot from the warmer plate of the coffee maker or switch off the machine totally.
Use Freshly Ground Coffee
Since you have decided to learn how to make coffee by yourself, you might as well know how to get the best cup of coffee.
So to get a great cup of coffee, you need to use freshly ground coffee. The best way to achieve this is by buying coffee beans and grinding it yourself.
The disadvantage of this is that you may not be able to get the right texture for your coffee maker. However, you can solve that problem by buying your coffee grounds in smaller quantity and ensuring that it is stored in an airtight container.
Similarly, if you often brew just a cup or two of coffee per time, you should consider buying individual brew packets. That way you know you wouldn’t be introducing air into the container whenever you open it. All you just do is open up the quantity of coffee grounds you want per time.
We believe that with these simple steps and tips we have shared, you can go ahead and enjoy your coffee maker and pot. If you are still debating on whether to buy one or not, there are good products(like the ones on this post) that would be worth your money. In the process too, you would get to make coffee that tastes great whenever you want it.
You can also add a good toaster oven to enable you prepare your breakfast to taste. Check out this review on best value toaster ovens.
It is said that a picture speaks louder than a thousand words so logically, a video would further amplify the words. For that reason , we have added this video to help buttress some of what we have discussed.
For those who don’t consume large quantities of coffee, you can also get individual brew packets like the ones we showed you above( Joe Knows Coffee)