If you love the coffee and can’t really live without, you must know what it means to have a bad coffee. Often, you will need to prepare your own one (can’t always have a barista around, right?) and especially in the office, you might probably need to use a drip coffee machine, which is not the best option possible. But, if you learn the few tricks on how to optimize the process of preparing the coffee with a drip machine, you will be able to have a very good one, that tastes and smells good. So what should you do?
First, start by using the right coffee. It should be fresh and correctly grinded. You should know that coffee already grinded has a life of almost 6 weeks and the ones you find in the supermarket’s shelves are already there from several weeks, which means that there is only a little time left for you to use the whole quantity. Especially for machines like the drip one, we strongly suggest you use fresh coffee from local stores.
Use filter water. Even if you believe that the water in the area you live is good and you actually use it for drinking or cooking, its effect on the coffee might be different as the coffee is much more delicate. Using filtered water will enhance the result and make the coffee taste better.
You need to find the right grind for your espresso machine from http://www.espressomachinejudge.com/ – It is very important to use neither too coarse, nor too thin grinded coffee in your drip machine; otherwise the coffee will result too bitter or too light. You should understand what is the right grind for your machine and always use that.
Be correct in the quantities. You need to use not more or less than two tablespoons of coffee for 6oz of water, otherwise the coffee will be either too strong or too weak. Using the right portions of coffee or water will effect directly in the taste and the quality of your coffee, so don’t blame it on the machine.
Special trick: wet the ground. If you have some hot water on hand, sparkle no more than 1 oz of it as this trick will help the extraction process start sooner and you will have a better taste and better foam of the coffee. Not many people know this trick and surprisingly enough it makes quite the difference.
Check the machine’s temperature. If your machine is no longer keeping the temperature needed of 200 F, than maybe it is time for you to buy a new one. What I mean is that you may of course choose to continue using the old machine but the quality of the coffee will not be at optimum and it is not coffee’s fault for that.