Coffee makes me invincible. But when the cup is empty, I return to mere mortal. ~Terri Guillemets
The truth is simple: sometimes we end up in situations where our coffee options are pretty awful. When you combine that with the potential awkwardness that can happen during the holidays, an event can go from bearable (maybe even fun) to brutal in no time.
So in light of how many folks are headed to visit family for Thanksgiving, we’ve chosen to tackle the average home coffee brewer for this week’s brew series.
For our experimentation, we tried to reproduce the most likely situation we could imagine. We used an off-the-shelf Black and Decker Coffee Pot that only cost $20.
Here are our two disclaimers though:
If you’ve got the time, you can dodge both of these problems by having your local barista grind your coffee at the time of purchase.
We couldn’t help but use our David Mancia from Honduras. We love him and nothing quite says old school like David and a drip pot. His coffee boasted amazing body and tasted as rich, fruity, and awesome as ever by the time we were done.
Standard Paper Filter
Optional: Thermos, Scale
Dose: 1 heaping Tablespoon of ground coffee per 4oz "cup" (70 grams)
Grind: #5.5 (for finding your grind visit our post here)
Total Water: 34oz (Fill to the 8 "cup" line)
Yield: Four 8oz mugs
One #coava250 gram bag yields 14 cups through a home drip brewer.
Step 1: Preheat the pot with hot water
Step 2: Fill back of brewer with water (remember the word "cup" on a home brewer = 4oz.)
Step 3: Place filter in brew basket. If possible, rinse your filter with hot water to remove any paper residue
Step 4: Add nine heaping tablespoons of ground coffee evenly across the bed of the filter
Step 5: Close the brewer up and turn it on (should take about 5-6 minutes to brew)
Step 6: Remove pot and turn off brewer.
Step 7: Pour a cup for the grumpiest family member first (trust us, it’ll go along way)
Step 8: Take a deep breath and enjoy your cup as well
Common issues with traditional drip home brewers that may cause varying results: