How to Use a Coffee Maker: 15 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Use a Coffee Maker: 15 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Use a Coffee Maker: 15 Steps (with Pictures)

Coffee makers are part of the lives of millions of people. If you've never used one, it's important to know that the coffee-making process is far from intuitive. It involves technique and precision. Try following the steps below to enjoy a perfect cup of your favorite brand of coffee.


Part 1 of 3: Basic Process

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Step 1. Use fresh and ground beans that have been stored correctly

For much tastier coffee, buy fresh beans and grind yourself. The flavor of the drink depends on the fragile chemical components inside the beans. When they are ground, the inside of the beans is exposed to air. Over time, it oxidizes and loses some of its aroma.

  • Store powder or beans in an airtight container. Coffee absorbs odors, so much so that it can be used to deodorize the inside of the refrigerator, just like baking soda. This means that if it's not kept in a tightly closed container, it can smell like garlic… ugh!
  • There is controversy among coffee fans about the best temperature to store coffee. Some say that if it's going to be consumed in a week, it's better in the fridge, putting what's left in the freezer for a few weeks until it's time to use the rest as well. Others simply prefer to keep their coffee in a cool, dark place.

Step 2. Place the coffee strainer in the filter basket

Although any type of filter can be used, it is best to use one of good origin. You can't rely on cheap filters of dubious quality to get good results.

Many coffee makers come with a cloth strainer. It preserves the environment and is easier to use, in addition to making the coffee fuller

Step 3. Carefully measure the coffee grounds

One tablespoon for every 100 mL of water is the most common measure. But as this measure can vary according to the machine and the manufacturer, it is important to read the coffeemaker's manual to know the specific dosage for yours.

  • Some coffee brands require specific proportions of powder and water. Most of them come with instructions on the package.
  • You can use a tablespoon as a measure or the meter that comes with the coffee maker. The manual has the right amount of meters for each cup of coffee.

Step 4. Measure the water according to the amount of coffee

You can use the lines on the coffee pot or on the side of the coffee maker. Pour the water into the coffee maker.

For novice users, it can be tempting to pour water directly into the filter. Do not do this. Put the water in the right place, which is the back compartment of the coffee maker. Put the jar back where it will be heated

Step 5. Plug the coffee maker into the socket and press the button to turn it on

Depending on the brand, the coffee maker will start working automatically, but some models will require manual adjustments.

Step 6. Wait until all the water has gone through the filter before you can enjoy your coffee

Some models have a "pause" button so you can pause the process so you can try a cup before you finish brewing.

Step 7. If you used a paper filter, dispose of it immediately after brewing

If you take a long time to remove the grounds, cold and bitter drops of coffee can end up spoiling the drink.

If you used a cloth strainer, simply discard the sludge and wash the strainer

Part 2 of 3: Getting the most out of coffee

Step 1. Take care of cleaning the coffee maker

Like all equipment that uses a lot of hot water, the coffee maker can accumulate mineral residues over time. These residues can leave the coffee with a stale, stale taste. It's worth checking out this article about cleaning the coffeemaker.

If the coffee maker already has an unpleasant odor, visible residues or if you no longer remember when you last cleaned the appliance, it's because it's time to roll up your sleeves and catch up on cleaning the machine

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Step 2. Adjust the correct thickness of the ground beans according to the process used by the coffee maker

To ensure the best possible flavor, it is necessary to leave the beans in the proper thickness for the process used. Normally, the longer it takes to brew the coffee (which means the beans will stay in contact with the water longer), the coarser the ground beans should be.

Standard coffee makers that let the drink drip into the pot require a medium grind. On the other hand, more exotic appliances such as a French coffee maker or aeropress, it is better to consult a table with the ideal grinding for each appliance. It is worth visiting the website in English:

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Step 3. Use the correct temperatures for your ingredients

To pass the coffee, the water must be at a temperature of around 90 to 96 °C, that is, before boiling. If the water is too cold, it won't extract all the flavor; if it's too hot, it will scald the beans and affect the final flavor.

  • To boil the water for the coffee yourself, bring it to a boil. Remove from heat and then wait 1 minute before pouring it over the beans.
  • If you store beans in the refrigerator, be aware that most methods of brewing coffee are not affected by frozen beans. But if you're going to make an espresso, you should let the beans come to room temperature before putting them in the coffeemaker. This is because in espresso little water is used in contact with the beans for a short time. If they're cold, that's enough to affect the flavor extraction process.

Part 3 of 3: Solving Problem Problems

Step 1. Identify the problem

Just like any appliance, coffee makers can also have problems in operation depending on the time of use. Here is a list of the most common problems. Before trying to solve any problem with the appliance, unplug the appliance and check that there is no hot water in the reservoir.

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Step 2. "My coffee tastes weird

" Over time, hot water can create deposits of mineral residues that affect the taste of the beverage. It is recommended to clean the coffee maker (including the internal components) at least once a month.

It is also necessary to take into account the possibility of errors when storing and handling the coffee. Prevent it from coming into contact with air or strong-smelling substances

Step 3. "There is no water coming out of the coffee maker

" If there is little water coming out, it may be that one of the tubes of the appliance is clogged (the aluminum tubes are the most common ones). Make the machine operate only with water and white vinegar until the tube is unclogged. Then, repeat the operation with just water to rinse the vinegar.

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Step 4. "My coffeemaker makes too much or too little coffee

" Many modern appliances come with cup-size options so that you can pour the drink directly over a small cup or thermos, for example. Make sure your coffeemaker is set correctly according to the manual.

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Step 5. "My coffee is cold

" It could be a defect in the heater or in the appliance's wiring. As the parts and components of the coffee makers are difficult to find and the repair involves the risk of shocks, it is better to buy a new brewer.

If you decide to fix the coffee maker's electrical part, unplug it and turn off the switch before moving on. There are many manuals available on the internet


  • When removing the coffee powder from the packaging, remember to tightly close the packaging or container where it is stored, as if the coffee is exposed to oxygen, it will spoil and age very quickly.
  • If your coffee is often more bitter than you want, some sources suggest that you should sprinkle two to three pinches of salt over the beans (especially if the coffee you use is of a lower quality). Some broken eggshells can also help to soften the flavor. This is actually a practice used in the US Navy. However, Brazilian coffee is of good quality, so you probably won't need to go that far.
  • Cinnamon powder sprinkled over the beans can also help make the coffee less bitter. Be careful, however, when using more than a tablespoon of finely ground cinnamon, as the machine can spoil.
  • For more elaborate processes, click here.
  • Check out the article | How to Make Coffee in the French Press.
  • Recycle the coffee grounds. It can be used to absorb unwanted odors from the kitchen, refrigerator or as an abrasive agent to clean pans. Furthermore, as it contains phosphorus and nitrogen, it can also be used as a fertilizer for plants.


  • Be careful when opening a standard coffee maker while the coffee is being brewed. Boiling water could splash on you.
  • Always remember to turn off the coffee maker when you have finished using it. Although rare, electrical fires can happen, especially if your coffeemaker doesn't have an auto-off feature.
  • Remember: never turn on the coffee maker without water, as this could break the jug.

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