Coffee maker are part of the routine of millions of people around the world. In the United States alone, millions of people drink coffee every day. If you’ve never used a coffee maker before, then the coffee-making process can’t be intuitive. Use these simple steps to make a satisfying cup of your favorite coffee.
Basic Steps of Making Coffee
1. Put the coffee filter into the filter basket
It is recommended to use a branded paper filter, although natural paper filters or bleached paper filters can also be used. Low-priced unbranded paper filters do not provide good results. * Many coffee makers come with their filters. If you have one, then the filter is the easiest and most environmentally friendly option. Use a special filter on the coffee maker and not the one made of paper.
2. Pour the coffee
The more coffee you want to make, the more you will need to pour into the filter. The ratio of coffee to water varies depending on the coffee maker and the type of coffee to be made. The standard ratio is about 2 tablespoons of coffee to 177 ml of water (or one full coffee grinder cover, no more). It is recommended that you check the coffee machine manually when determining the coffee to water ratio. * Special coffee blends have a special coffee and water ratio too. Most coffees have instructions on the packaging.
* Make sure you use a tablespoon to pour coffee. The coffee machine is also equipped with a scoop spoon. Read the directions to find out how many scoops of coffee you need.
3. Determine the amount of water to make coffee
To determine this, you can use the measuring row on the coffee pot or the one on the side of the coffee maker. Use the coffee pot to pour water into the coffee maker. There is usually an open area on the back or above the filter. * Newbies who are new to the coffee maker may be tempted to pour water directly into the filter basket. Don’t do this. Pour into the part intended to hold the water until mixed. After pouring the water, place the coffee pot back on the warm placemat.
4. Connect the coffee maker to the mains and turn it on. Some coffee makers will mix the coffee automatically, while other types have a manual time setting.
5. Wait until the coffee is completely blended before pouring
Some coffee makers have a “pause” setting, which allows you to pause the brewing process so you can pour the coffee into the cup before it’s finished.
6. If you use a paper filter, get rid of it immediately. If you are too late to remove the filter filled with coffee grounds, the coffee will be too bitter due to the taste released during the coffee-making process. * If you use a coffee filter from a coffee maker, throw the coffee grounds in the trash (or just recycle the grounds) and wash the filter.
Getting the Maximum Coffee Blend
1. Use fresh coffee beans that have been stored properly
To get fresher and tastier coffee, you should buy fresh coffee beans and grind them yourself instead of buying ground coffee. The taste of coffee comes from the delicate flavor compounds in the cells of the coffee beans. When ground, the inside of the coffee bean is exposed to air and will react longer so that the coffee loses its aroma. * Make sure to store coffee beans in an airtight container. Coffee has odor-absorbing properties. That’s why coffee grounds can be a substitute for baking soda in the refrigerator. Unfortunately, this also means that if the coffee is not stored in an airtight container, the aroma can mix with the aroma of garlic, for example.
* Coffee experts disagree with the opinion to store coffee beans at low temperatures. Some suggest storing coffee beans in the refrigerator if you plan to use them within a week and transferring coffee beans that haven’t been used for several weeks into the freezer. While some other experts only recommend storing coffee in a cool and dark place.
2. Clean the coffee maker
Like other appliances that use hot water, mineral deposits can build up in the coffee maker over time. These deposits can make the coffee taste bad and smell rancid. Clean the coffee maker regularly so you can get good coffee. See the article How to Clean a Coffee Maker * If the coffee maker has a strong smell or build-up that is visible when not in use, or you don’t remember the last time you cleaned the coffee maker, then this is a good time to clean it.
3. Use the proper coarseness of the coffee grounds for your brewing method
Different methods of compounding coffee require a coarser or thicker texture of coffee grounds for optimal flavor. Because the coffee grounds exchange flavor compounds with water, changing the roughness (as well as the entire surface of the coffee grounds that can be exposed to water) in the texture of the coffee grounds can affect the final taste. In general, the more time it takes for a compounding method to make contact with each other, the coarser the texture of the coffee grounds will be. * For normal coffee brewing as described in Part One above, a coffee powder with a medium texture (such as ground coffee powder that has been ground in a shop) is fine.
4. Use the correct temperature for the coffee compounding ingredients
For the coffee compounding process, the water temperature is around 90.5-96 ° C or below its boiling point. Water with a temperature lower than that cannot extract the flavor from the coffee beans, whereas hotter water can bring the coffee to a boil and affect its taste. * If you boil water for compounding coffee, let it boil, then remove from heat and let stand for 1 minute before mixing with coffee.
* If you store coffee grounds in the refrigerator, the colder coffee grounds will not affect the coffee compounding process. However, if you’re making an espresso, let the coffee sit at room temperature before mixing. Because espresso-making uses less water to come into contact with the coffee in a relatively short time, cold coffee can affect the flavor extraction process.
Solution to problem
1. Identify the problem
Like any other appliance, the coffee maker can have problems due to everyday use. Below are some common coffee maker problems and suggestions for how to fix them. Before looking for a solution to the coffee maker problem, don’t forget to unplug the cord and make sure there is no hot water in the water container.
2. The coffee tastes weird
As explained in Part Two above, hot water can leave mineral deposits in the coffee maker. If allowed to build up, it will affect the taste of the coffee. It is recommended to clean the coffee purifier (including the components in it) every month if it is used regularly. See the How to Clean a Coffee Maker article. * Also think about the possibility of errors when storing coffee. Make sure the coffee is not left out in the open or contact with contaminants. Coffee is very susceptible to absorbing flavors and aromas from other sources.
3. Water does not appear to flow in the coffee maker
If only a little (or no) water appears to be able to flow in the coffee maker, then there may be a blockage in one of the machine pipes (aluminum heating pipes are prone to clogging). ) Put the vinegar in the water container, but without the coffee and filter, then turn on the machine. Repeat this process until the pipe is not clogged. Then, put water into the coffee maker, run it twice to rinse off the remaining vinegar.
4. Coffee maker too much / mix a little coffee
Many modern coffee makers have options to control the amount of compounding, making it easier for coffee drinkers to make coffee directly in a mug or thermos. Make sure the coffee maker control system is set properly and the right amount of water when you put it in the container before mixing the coffee. You will need to consult the manual for the correct size of the coffee maker.
5. The coffee is not hot
This corresponds to the heating element or wires on the inside of the coffee maker. Since replacement parts are hard to find and the repair process involves dangerous electrical wiring, it’s better to just buy a new coffee maker. * If you still want to try to fix an electrical problem with your coffee maker, don’t forget to unplug and turn off the machine before repairing it. There are many ways to solve problems related to electricity that you can do yourself on the internet.
* If your coffee is often more bitter than desired, try sprinkling 2-3 pinches of salt on the coffee grounds. This method helps get rid of the bitterness that occurs during the compounding process (especially if the coffee is of poor quality). Broken eggshells can also make the coffee taste good (this is what American soldiers do). How to Use the Coffee Maker.
* Close the coffee bag tightly after taking coffee. If you don’t seal it tightly, the coffee will smell musty from exposure to oxygen. How to Use the Coffee Maker.
* Reuse coffee grounds that have been used. Coffee grounds can be reused for kitchen purposes i.e. to get rid of bad odors in the refrigerator or for scrubbing pans. Because coffee grounds contain phosphorus and nitrogen, they can also be used as a good fertilizer for several types of plants. How to Use the Coffee Maker.
* Cinnamon powder sprinkled on coffee grounds before blending can also reduce the strong bitter taste of coffee. But be careful, if you sprinkle more than one tablespoon of ground cinnamon on the coffee maker, it can cause the machine to shut down and flood the filter. How to Use the Coffee Maker.
* Although the standard method described above applies to most coffee makers with slight differences, some coffee makers use a coffee-making process that is quite different from the standard method and also requires additional instructions. How to Use the Coffee Maker.
* Do not turn on the coffee maker if there is no water in the kettle, as the kettle may break. How to Use the Coffee Maker.
* Always turn off the coffee maker when you finish mixing coffee. Electrical short circuits can occur, although rarely, especially if your coffee maker does not have the feature to turn itself off automatically. How to Use the Coffee Maker.
* Be careful when opening the standard coffee maker while the coffee is being brewed. Boiling water can be splashed by the heating system. How to Use the Coffee Maker.