How To Make Coffee At Home
…Let’s keep this quick and simple for you
Items you will need:
- Coffee Grinds
- Coffee Filters
- Coffee Machine
How To Use A Coffee Machine – Step 1
Without a coffee machine you may as well just stop and drink water, or something.
I recommend the Mr. Coffee Programmable 12 Cup Coffee Maker for the job.
This coffee maker is very affordable compared to a majority of coffee makers. It also holds 12 cups worth, and you can program it with timers and such.
If you are new to the realm of brewing then I also recommend this coffee maker because it keeps it simple, making your brewing process easy and quick.
How To Use A Coffee Machine – Step 2
Now you need to open to the top of the coffee machine to reveal a compartment with a bowl-like piece on the inside. Simply stick your coffee filter into that bowl piece…
…This is so that you have something to put your coffee grinds on inside the machine. If you skip this step you will have coffee grinds all over the inside of your coffee.
Also, it is important to note that after you are done making coffee, you should throw the filter the grinds in it away.
How To Use A Coffee Machine – Step 3
While the first two steps are crucial, this step may be the most important, but only in terms of your coffee’s overall quality.
There are generally two different approaches taken:
Eye Balling – How To Make Coffee At Home
For years I made my coffee this way, and so I am qualified to tell you why this might not be the better of the two approaches…
…Because you didn’t actually measure you always run the risk of not having enough grinds in, thus, watering down your coffee…
You will also run the risk of putting way too many coffee grinds into your filter. This can lead to overpowering coffee, which can overstimulate you and give you headaches.
Golden Rule – How To Make Good Coffee At Home
In our modern day world where everything is instantly in front of us at our request, this method is the king…
…Simply use 2 tablespoons of coffee grinds for every 6 oz’s of water!
this ensures that you will always have enough coffee grinds no matter what amount you choose to use.
Side Note On Measurements
If you are confused like I usually am about how to measure coffee just remember, the coffee pot on your coffee machine will always have measurement lines for you to look at.
How To Make Coffee At Home – Final Step
…Now you simply put in your desired amount of water, turn your coffee machine on and wait for your coffee to brew!
How To Make Coffee At Home – Bonus Step
You will, at this point, have your basic black coffee. You can leave it at that (I love black coffee and would prefer that) or you can try and add some flavorings…
…This is a really quick set of flavor tips I use to keep it healthier and tasty:
- Add in Cinnamon instead of sugar
- Make ice cubes out of coffee with/without creamer and have them floating around
- Add a small amount of unsalted, grass-fed better to boost energy and help with weight loss (See more coffee and weight loss here)
- Add salt into your black coffee, because the saltiness counteracts the bitterness of black coffee
How To Make Coffee – Mistakes
…This is purely for your benefit, so please, learn from my mistakes.
Cleaning with soap
I am going to come out and firstly state that you NEED to actually wash your coffee pot out every once in a while. I have known people who never wash their pot out, and it looks like complete trash…
…When you don’t want your coffee pot out there are a few things that can happen:
- You get coffee residue that builds up literally everywhere. Your coffee pot and your actual coffee machine will experience a buildup.
- When you look inside your coffee machine you will start to see what looks like spider webs, or fuzz. This is mold starting to grow on the inside of the machine due to dampness, residue from the coffee, and super limited sun light.
This helps cut back on the mold potential, and eliminate any bacteria that has already starting collecting.
Run hot water through the coffee machine
…simply put the water into the machine, do not insert any coffee filters, or grinds. The machine will automatically heat the water up when you turn it on…
…The water will circulate around in the machine and carry coffee residues and mold potentials out into the coffee pot.
You should notice that the water coming out of your coffee pot has a slight yellow or orange-ish color to it.
Both of these methods drastically cut back on the chance for mold to grow in the machine, and also prevents harmful bacteria from making it into your coffee.
Washing The Coffee Machine Parts
More than a few times I have opened that up to a scene of disgust.
This part is usually the dampest area, especially if you do what I do, and forget to throw away the filter after making coffee.
Because it is so damp and void of sunlight you get excessive mold growth. My advice about cleaning this compartment is simple…no mercy.
Trying to find out how to make coffee at home can be super rewarding, so don’t lose heart. Fight the mold!
As soon as you see buildup and/or mold, take it out and wash it. You do not want to let this slide and be lenient because everything in that dish will find its way into your coffee…
…In the past when I have not effectively and actively washed this compartment out I have noticed my coffee quality plummets. The residue made my coffee taste burnt, and it even gave me headaches.
I advise that you wash this part out with soap, but only if you actually notice anything…otherwise you can just run hot water through it.
It is my hope that you found this article to be extremely helpful. If I missed anything important, please let me know in the comments section.
Best of wishes, and here is to the best cup of coffee you will ever have!