Best Drip Coffee - What's The Secret
Have you been wondering why your friend’s or neighbor’s coffee tastes so much better than yours at home? You both have a drip coffee maker! You even borrowed some of your friends coffee beans to make sure they’re not some sort of magic beans. But no, the beans don’t make a difference.
So you’re coffee maker must be broken, right? Well, not necessarily.
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But to brew a perfect cup of coffee, the drip coffee maker must conform to certain requirements.
The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the probably smartest guys in the US when it comes to coffee, have guidelines to bring the coffee brewing process to perfection.
The SCAA also tests drip coffee makers and certifies them if they meet their rigorous requirements.
Let’s have a look at the key factors which determine if a coffee maker succeeds or fails to brew a great cup of coffee.
Secret #1 - Water Temperature
You should know, the recommended temperature for drip coffee makers to reach within the first minute is between 195° F and 205° F.
A good coffee maker should also keep this temperature during the complete brewing cycle. Most of the times, the temperature is too low and as a result, your coffee tastes weak and sour.
So if you want the best drip coffee machine, make sure to check my reviews and whether it’s brewing at the correct temperature or not!
Secret #2 - Water Distribution Through Showerhead
As a result, some coffee grinds are less extracted than others. And less extraction means, less flavor, or in other words, a boring cup of coffee.
The shower head should be able to evenly wet all coffee grounds inside the brew basket. But poorly designed shower heads tend to neglect the grounds on the outside areas.
You see, the problem is, you cannot really watch it since the shower head is in the coffee maker.
But there are a couple things you can check:
- After the brewing cycle has finished, open the brew basket and look inside. Take a spoon and check the grounds if there are any dry or unevenly wet spots.
Yeah, I know it may look odd when somebody comes in the kitchen seeing you digging in the coffee grounds. So think about a good excuse prior to being caught.
- Another sign could be when you need an extensive amount of coffee to get a strong enough Java in your cup.
While this could have several reasons, one of them could also be, that the shower head inside your coffee maker simply does not perform well enough and a lot of coffee is barely touched by the water.
When coffee makers are not certified by the SCAA, that does not necessarily mean they have failed these tests. You should know, that manufacturers must pay a fee and send their coffee machine to the SCAA before they get tested.
So if you can’t find anything about this certification, the manufacturers probably haven’t sent their product to the SCAA.
It may be hard for you to figure out yourself if a non-certified coffee maker would pass these tests. Therefore, I have done all the research for you to save you time!
Whenever trustworthy information is available I have included it in the table above. Just find the Brew Performance – a rating better than 4 stars means, the coffee maker has or would probably pass the tests.
Secret #3 - Typ Of Carafe
Would you keep your coffee in a pot on your stove on low heat to keep it hot? Probably not. But if you have a glass carafe in your coffee maker, you do exactly that.
So most coffee makers with a glass carafe fail to keep coffee hot AND delicious over a longer time. Don’t get me wrong, a glass carafe is totally fine, as long as you drink your coffee fast, share it with the family or colleagues, or refill it into an insulated thermal carafe.
But using the heating plate of your coffee maker over a longer time can give your coffee an unpleasant burnt aftertaste. Try to brew only in small batches or pour your coffee into a thermal carafe after brewing.