Drip Coffee Brewing Method

Everything you need to know to brew a perfect cold brew coffee.

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In a nutshell, brewing drip coffee involves pouring hot water over coffee grounds enclosed in a filter. There are two brewing drip coffee methods- brewing using a drip coffee maker* and using a cone*. The Drip coffee brewing technique is particularly popular because it is straightforward and takes very little time. 

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To brew a delicious cup of coffee using the drip coffee technique, we need a solid recipe, solid measurement of the coffee ground, and water we are using, and the timing. Don’t worry, thinking you have to get the coffee grind size, brewing time, and water temperature perfect for brewing a good cup of drip coffee. There is some technical aspect to it, but you are at liberty to add your personal touch to the recipe. 

What You Need To Brew Drip Coffee

  • Water – Do not use tap water directly. It has a good amount of mineral content, which will ruin the base taste of your coffee. Boil the water beforehand so that it does not contain any unwanted particles. On the other hand, using distilled water might also ruin the coffee’s final taste as it has no minerals at all. After preheating the water, use a filter to remove the chlorine and any other substance with a strong odor and taste.
  • Coffee Ground – There is no set grind size for drip coffee brewing. If you have a burr grinder, you will find it comes with predefined grind size, making your work easier. Try to keep the grind size as consistent as possible. 
  • Over Extraction – Now, there is one thing every coffee lover fears- bitterness. Most of them attribute bitter coffee to over-extraction. But that is not the case. If you keep the water temperature to a moderate level, even if you do over-extraction, your coffee will not taste bitter; rather you will have a wholesome tasting cup of coffee. 
  • Coffee Grinder – If you have a coffee grinder at home, that is great. Using the grinder, you can grind a fresh batch of coffee right before the brew. This way, you will be able to retain most of their taste and aroma. 

Preparation

Along with the coffee quality, and its grind size, the temperature is another important factor while brewing drip coffee. As a rule of thumb, the standard temperature for brewing drip coffee is 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit. Stick to this temperature for both drip coffee makers, as well as drip coffee cones. 

Use a dense paper filter*. They will retain most of the soluble in the coffee. As a result, the coffee oil will not flatten the overall taste of your brew.  As far as the brew time is concerned, the brew time is 5 minutes. However, if your water temperature is below 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit, you will have to prolong the brew time. 

Also, make sure your drip coffee maker is clean. If your brewer does not have a shower head, you should pause for the water to drip down to the bottom chamber before pouring another round. This technique also helps to saturate the coffee grounds evenly. Use a spoon or a bamboo stick to stir the grind after every round of water. This will evenly saturate the coffee grounds, resulting in a finer tasting cup of joe. 

Brewing Drip Coffee

  • Boil Water – Take 600 grams of water into a kettle*, and put it on the stove to boil.
  • Grind Coffee – Take 30 grams of coffee, and grind it to a coarse level that resembles beach sands. As far as the coffee to water ratio is concerned, stick to 23 grams of coffee ground per 350 grams of water.
  • Assemble the Dripper – Take your paper filter, and place it on top of the dripper*. Wet the filter with warm water beforehand. 
  • Level the Surface of the Coffee Ground – Take your coffee ground and pour it on top of the filter. To ensure a good brew, you must ensure the coffee grounds have a flat surface. Use your fingers, and use alternating swipes to level the surface. 
  • Pour Water – We are going to pour the water in fixed amounts. Divide the water into four equal parts. Remember, we are going to use 23 grams of coffee with 350 grams of water. For the first pour, we are going to start with the rim of the filter. Gently pour water at the rim and follow a circular motion, and slowly progress towards the center. When you are done, let the coffee brew. After the first pour, the coffee grind will release CO2, resulting in a nice blossoming effect. 
  • Add another Four Rounds of Water – Repeat this three more times. Pour the water on the ripples of the filter. It will then slowly swirl down onto the rim of the coffee grounds. Wait for half a minute to a full minute after each round of water. After you are done with the last round, let the water completely seep through the filters. 

Serving

Coffee is served best right after it is done brewing. If you leave the brewer on the kitchen stove after the brew is complete, the aroma and the taste will evaporate. If you want a fresh cup of coffee, drink it immediately after the brew completion.  

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Conclusion

Now you know the recipe for brewing drip coffee. Do let us know if you have any questions. We will be glad to help you out. 

Now before we conclude, here are a few tips for you. Always use fresh coffee beans. No matter what brewing technique you are using, the coffee’s final taste depends on how fresh the beans are. If you have been storing coffee beans for longer than a month, the beans have already gone insipid. Always store your raw coffee beans properly. Please keep them in a place where there is no oxygen or direct light. 

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