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How to make perfect pot coffee

Brewing pot coffee, also known as drip coffee or coffee from a coffee maker, is a simple process that can yield delicious results. Here’s my basic guide to brewing pot coffee:

Ingredients and Equipment:

  1. Coffee Beans: Choose high-quality coffee beans and grind them to a medium-coarse consistency. Use about 2 tablespoons of coffee per 6 ounces of water.
  2. Water: Fresh, clean water is essential. If your tap water doesn’t taste good on its own, it won’t make good coffee.
  3. Coffee Maker: You’ll need a coffee maker with a filter basket, carafe, and water reservoir.


  1. Prepare the Coffee Maker:
    • Clean the coffee maker thoroughly if it’s not already clean.
    • Fill the water reservoir with the desired amount of water. Use the markings on the side of the reservoir to measure the water accurately.
  2. Add Coffee Grounds:
    • Place a filter in the filter basket.
    • Add the ground coffee to the filter. Use the recommended amount based on your taste preferences and the capacity of your coffee maker.
  3. Start Brewing:
    • Close the filter basket and ensure it’s properly in place.
    • Turn on the coffee maker and let it brew. The water will heat up and drip through the coffee grounds, extracting flavor as it passes through.
  4. Wait and Serve:
    • Wait for the brewing process to complete. This typically takes a few minutes, depending on the size of your coffee maker and the amount of coffee being brewed.
    • Once brewing is finished, carefully remove the carafe from the coffee maker.
  5. Enjoy:
    • Pour the freshly brewed coffee into your mug or cup.
    • Add any desired cream, milk, sugar, or flavorings to customize your coffee to your liking.
  6. Cleanup: (don’t miss this)
    • Dispose of the used coffee grounds and filter.
    • Rinse the carafe and filter basket thoroughly to remove any coffee residue.
    • Clean the coffee maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure it’s ready for the next use.

Note –

  • Use cold, fresh water for better extraction.
  • Make sure the coffee pot and filter are clean before brewing.
  • Adjust coffee to water ratio to your desired strength.
  • Don’t let the coffee sit too long on the warming plate as it can make it taste bitter.

Remember to use freshly roasted coffee beans and grind them just before brewing for maximum freshness. The water should be hot but not boiling, ideally between 88° and 92° or just under boiling.

I would advise you to experiment with different brewing methods to find the right balance for your taste.

For example, you can try the classic cafeteria method, which is a simple and easy way to make coffee for yourself or a group without the need for filters. Alternatively, you can try using coffee bags, which is a convenient and mess-free way to brew coffee.

The main difference between brewing pot coffee and other brewing methods lies in the way the water interacts with the coffee grounds.

If you ask me pot coffee is an efficient way to brew large batches using immersion and a filter, while other methods allow more control and different flavor profiles in smaller quantities. The grind size, water temp, brew time, and filtering method all impact the final taste.

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