//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_gray_20.png" /> Earlier this week, we talked about trying different brewing methods for your coffee to broaden your appreciation for the different flavors and the ways that various techniques affect those flavors in your coffee. Drip coffee brewing is one of the three basic brewing methods, drip (filtered), immersion and espresso. Generally, drip coffee is lighter in mouthfeel and highlights brighter flavors -- particularly fruit and floral flavors -- than the other two methods. If that's the flavor profile you prefer, you've got a choice between automatic drip coffee makers and manual coffee drippers.
Drip Coffee Makers - The BasicsThe basic principles of drip coffee brewing are the same whether you choose a manual drip setup or an automatic drip coffee maker. You place ground coffee into a filter basket or cone and shower it with hot water. The hot water makes its way through the coffee and drips through a filter and into a carafe or cup. Despite the simplicity of the process, there are dozens of ways to accomplish it, both automatic and manual. The coffee brewer that works best for you will depend upon three factors.
ControlWhile the brewing process sounds simple, the results you get using the exact amount of the exact same coffee in the exact same drip coffee maker can range from ahhh to ewww. The results you get depend on how close you can get to ideal on three important variables:
- Water Temperature (195 to 205 F. is ideal)
- Surface Contact between water and coffee grounds
- Brewing Time