Posted Thu Oct 13, 2011, 3:15pm Subject: Re: Putting fresh boiling water into an auto drip coffeemaker
I frequently use your mentioned method with a teapot, and have had no trouble at all. In fact, I recommend to friends that doing so is the #3 best thing to improve their kitchen's coffee immediately. (#1=freshly roasted coffee, #2=freshly, properly ground coffee).
It's a great way to get good coffee out of a machine that either you already have or that doesn't cost $100 (Bunn) or $300 (TV).
Timing the brew cycle will help you adjust the grind to nail down the extraction. Also, after you dump in the boiling water into the machine, run the machine to just wet the grounds and then turn it off for 30 secs or so. Then turn it back on and let it run the cycle. This preinfusion can (will) result in a better extraction and taste profile.
The question begged, of course, is whether you are using good freshly roasted whole bean and a decent (burr) grinder. If not, these are candidates for your next steps, in my opnion. Presumably, you have this nailed down already.
In fact, for those looking to improve their coffee brewer with a budget of $100, I would say:
Spend the $100 on a refurb Baratza grinder and a bag of freshly roasted, quality coffee
Clean your old Mr. Coffee really really well with baking soda or Cafiza
Descale the thing
Follow Hyacinth's instructions, with the preinfusion noted above.
That's what I would do if someone asked me to upgrade their typical American kitchen coffee with a budget of $100.
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