Refresher Course: Making Coffee in a Coffee Maker

Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Switch Coffeemaker

Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Switch Coffeemaker

New to the world of DIY caffeination? Or maybe you’ve been out of the game and just want a quick review of the main steps involved in making coffee in a coffee maker. Whatever your reason, we get it—making the perfect coffee cup isn’t always as easy as it seems like it should be—unless you follow these simple steps, that is.

The Fast and Easy Recipe for Making Coffee in a Coffee Maker

What you’ll need:

  • Paper filter (unless your coffee maker comes with a reusable mesh basket)
  • Ground coffee
  • Tablespoon
  • Coffee pot
  • Measuring cup (optional)
  • Water

Directions:

  1. Ready the filter. If you need a paper one, place it in the filter receptacle. If yours is reusable, just make sure it’s clear of previously used grounds.
  2. Using ground coffee (whole beans should never go in the coffee maker), use a tablespoon to spoon the desired quantity* into the filter.
  3. Fill the reservoir with fresh tap water. Many people use the carafe for this purpose, but if you want to be more precise than the measurements on your machine’s carafe, use a measuring cup.
  4. Make sure the machine is plugged in, then turn it on.
  5. Enjoy your coffee shortly thereafter!

* A word on measurements: Decide how much ground coffee to use based on how many cups you plan to pour and according to your own taste. For stronger coffee, try two tablespoons per six ounces of water. For a less bold taste, experiment with one to one and a half tablespoons per six ounces of water.

And there you have it: the essential steps in making coffee in a coffee maker. Now go out there and drink some joe!

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