7 Tips For Using Your Coffee Maker

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Perhaps you’ve been in the habit of getting your coffee to go, and you’re finding it’s getting expensive. Or maybe you don’t want to venture out in all manner of weather to get your caffeine fix. So, you’ve done the sensible thing and gotten yourself a great coffee machine and are now searching for tips for using your coffee maker. You will probably go through a trial and error period before you get your coffee exactly right, but be patient, and soon you’ll be using your coffee maker like a pro.

The following tips for using your coffee maker will get you started off on the right foot and help you achieve that perfect cup in very little time. If this is your first time using a coffee maker, don’t sweat it, if you’re ever stuck all manufacturers have a toll-free number for rapid assistance.

7 Tips For Using Your Coffee Maker:

How Much Coffee Do You Need?

Start with the water level. If you’re making a single cup, you’ll probably only need a little more than a cup of water, two cups at most. If you are serving coffee to others, you should usually estimate about two cups of water for each person. You don’t want the coffee to sit on the warming plate for too long, since it will become “stewed.”

Measure Carefully

Generally speaking, you will need about a tablespoon of grounds for each cup of water. Most coffee makers come with convenient measuring spoons. You can adjust depending on whether you prefer a strong brew, or a weaker one. This will probably take a bit of experimentation.

Don’t Forget the Filter!

Of course, having said that, we know that at some point you will almost surely forget to use a filter, and you will end up with grounds floating in your brew. Some coffee makers come with permanent filters, so you don’t need a paper one, but make sure that you clean it after every use. Otherwise, your coffee will be less than satisfactory.

Good to Go!

Now, you’re ready to get brewing. Push the start button on your machine, and you’re using your coffee maker! Be sure to use up all the water. Most machines come with a “pause and pour” feature in case you’re totally desperate for your caffeine fix, but we advise against using it. You’ll get far better results if you wait.

Single Cup Brewers

Single cup brewers are amazingly easy to use. All you need to do is add the water, and the pre-packaged cup. If you prefer, you can use a filter and the blend of your choice – just adjust the amount to the strength you prefer. If you are using your coffee maker with the pre-packaged cups, you can select large or small servings to give you the strength you want.

Use Your Ingredients Properly

Coffee should always be stored in an air-tight container so that it will stay fresh. If you are using whole beans, grind only what you need. Now, all you need to do is add cream or sugar if you like. Most people who have tried drinking their coffee black, however, wouldn’t have it any other way.

Manufacturer Assistance

Last but not least is the manufacturer assistance hotline. No question is every too unique and every manufacturer is there to promptly assist with great customer service. We always get in the habit of calling the manufacturer for tidbits of advice and we also recommend you call the customer service center and ask for tips for using your coffee maker. A short phone call can sometimes reveal a feature that is often ignored or missed!