Sure, we’d all love to enjoy leisurely mornings with a freshly-made French press coffee, or have a strong, homemade cappuccinos courtesy of the office espresso machine. Unfortunately, the fact remains that the auto-drip coffee maker is sometimes the most convenient (or only) option available for your caffeine fix, especially when you’re in a rush and need the fastest way to get coffee into your travel mug.
Instead of bemoaning your subpar java every day, take matters into your own hands. You can improve your drip brew coffee with a few simple tweaks.
Freshly Ground Beans
We can hear you sighing all the way over there, but we promise grinding coffee beans isn’t nearly as labor-intensive as it sounds (unless you decide to try grinding them by hand using your own personal mortar and pestle — you do you). Coffee bean grinders can be found for under $25, and the process takes less than a minute. For a drastic improvement in your brew, it’s worth it.
The key here is to grind your coffee beans right before you’re about to making coffee; yes, that means no grinding them the night before and programming your coffee maker to auto-start in the morning. Otherwise, your coffee won’t be very flavorful.
(Psst… most auto-drip coffee machines do best with a fine or medium grind, but feel free to experiment a little to find your preferred flavor).
You already pay attention to the quality of coffee beans you buy (and now, you know the importance of fresh-ground beans), but have you ever thought about the water you use to make your coffee? Our bet is that you use tap water, assuming that the flavor of the coffee beans will overpower the taste of the water. Not so fast, friends.
Your cup of coffee is 98% water, and the quality of water you use to brew your coffee can have a huge impact on your coffee’s taste. Even coffee franchises like Starbucks use water filtration systems to remove anything that would affect the taste and smell of the coffee. If you’re lucky enough to live in a city known for its amazing tap water, you can skip this step. For the rest of you, upgrading your coffee taste may be as simple as using filtered water.
Remove the Pot from the Heater
If your coffee frequently tastes burned and/or bitter, try removing the coffee pot from the burner as soon as it’s done brewing (you can pour its contents into a thermal carafe or directly into your stainless steel travel mug).
Keep It Clean
Who wants leftover grounds or leftover coffee stains contaminating their brew? Use your common sense and regularly clean and maintain your auto-drip coffee maker. Rinse out the coffee pot on a daily basis (to get rid of any stale coffee tastes), and deep clean the whole machine anywhere from once a week to once a month. You can do this by running a mixture of vinegar and water through a brew cycle twice, washing the pot, and then running one more cycle with plain water to rinse out any leftover vinegar.
(While you’re at it, don’t forget to scrub out your insulated stainless steel coffee mug too)
We get it — coffee is your life force. You deserve the best cup of coffee you can get your hands on, and upgrading your home brew is an easy way to treat yourself without spending $5 on a latte. Now, just pour your premium home brew in a reusable stainless steel travel mug, and you’re ready to go!Back to Blog Home