Coffee Brewing 101


Call it American coffee. Call it filter coffee. By any name, brewed, filtered coffee is by far the most popularpreparation method throughout the U.S. and Northern Europe, alive with aroma and rich taste.  The method’s origins can be traced to early 20th-century Germany and the advent of paper filters.  

Grind is critical.  Choose medium, because coffee ground too coarsely will taste weak in the cup. If it’s ground too finely, you can expect a bitter brew.  Use a thermal carafe and enjoy within a few hours of preparation, and be sure to clean your machine thoroughly (about once a week for daily users) to eliminate oil and mineral build-up that alter coffee’s taste.

For an expert brew:

  • Warm up the coffee pot for a few minutes, filling it with hot water
  • Use 7-8 grams (about a tablespoon) of ground coffee for about every 100-150 ml (about 3.3-5 oz) of water.  The amount of coffee can be adjusted to your taste, or to the machine manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Add water and coffee to machine
  • Remove from heat and pour into thermal carafe (if you don’t brew directly into one) to keep the coffee warm and fragrant.