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italiana3 Oct 2, 2007 07:50 PM

How do you make the perfect cup? I have a braun drip machine and I am confused about the amount of coffee to use. Is it is two level table spoons per cup? I have been experimenting with different amounts, but I would love to hear different suggestions.
thanks!

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    ziggylu Oct 2, 2007 07:59 PM

    I use a French Press. One coffee scoop per "cup" ( i use an 8 cup press so 8 scoops).

    Perfect every time. :)

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      Antilope Oct 7, 2007 03:52 PM

      I have to agree. The French Press method makes the best cup of coffee that I have ever had. I use 1 level Tablespoon of coffee grounds per 8-oz of water (adjust amount of coffee to your personal preference). Use good tasting water (bottled, filtered, etc). Pour boiling hot water over grounds in press, stir several times and steep for 4-minutes. Slowly push down plunger on press to strain out grounds. Serve at once.

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      redchile Oct 2, 2007 08:04 PM

      The best coffee I've ever had anywhere, I make with my AeroPress.

      1. scubadoo97 Oct 3, 2007 03:07 PM

        2 Tbs coffee per 6 oz water is a standard ratio. Adjust to your taste. You are better off brewing on the upper range of this ratio and diluting the final brew if it's too strong than to use less coffee and get an over extraction.

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          roasted138 Oct 3, 2007 04:39 PM

          The universal ratio, according to both Alton Brown and The Silver Palate, is 2 Tablespoons per 6 oz. of water used. I used a french press though, so I don't know if this would be too strong for a drip machine.

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            italiana3 Oct 3, 2007 05:41 PM

            thanks! I will give it a try

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            kindofabigdeal Oct 3, 2007 06:24 PM

            Try this for a press sometime. 4 tablespoons, ground more like drip than press, and brewed for just one minute. I like to do this when opening a new bag of coffee. It's a great way to bring out all the greatness of superfresh coffee.

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              roasted138 Oct 5, 2007 05:21 PM

              Yes, good point. My girlfriend always brews with a more coffee grounds and for a shorter time than I do, like a minute or two. And it does usually have a fresher, amplified taste!

            2. revsharkie Oct 3, 2007 06:44 PM

              Get the freshest roasted beans you can. Grind them yourself, very coarse, not much beyond just busting the beans apart. Don't use a blade grinder. I have an old-fashioned non-electric burr grinder, the kind with the crank on the top. I fill the hopper all the way full once, grind till it's about half full, then refill all the way. That gives me, oh, I'd say, about half a cup of coarse grind coffee for my 12-cup French press. Pour in water just off the boil (it's boiling, I take it off the fire, and carry it across the room to where the coffee pot is, that's just off the boil), stir with something that isn't metal, leave sit for five minutes, then press. Voila.

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                foodperv Oct 3, 2007 06:44 PM

                the universal ratio as the people here have said is correct
                also read the manual and the side of the coffee can
                me i follow the basic formula and add one extra serving of the coffee per pot

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                  EclecticEater Oct 5, 2007 10:08 PM

                  Trader Joe's used to give away a white coffee scoop. I never measured how much coffee was needed to fill it, but it makes the greatest coffee in our Braun coffeemaker, using one scoop per cup and one for the pot. If you put six cups of water in, as measured by the calibrations on the coffeemaker that can be seen through the transparent window, you'd use seven scoops. The coffee is strong, but heavenly when made this way. Please remember that Braun uses less than eight, and possible less than six, ounces in their measurement calibrations on the coffeemaker.

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                    EclecticEater Oct 5, 2007 10:14 PM

                    By the way, with the AeroPress it's quite simple. You use their scoop, and if you want three cups of coffee, you use three scoops. You fill the upright transparent cylinder to the proper marking (in this case, three) with the water heated to between 165 - 175 degrees, then insert the plunger and push, and you get a great equivalent to three shots of wonderful expresso.

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                      Lisbet Oct 6, 2007 06:11 AM

                      As important as coffee/water ratio......What Brand or Roast of coffee ??

                      I haven't found a brand of coffee that is as really satisfying as the coffee I remember "of old". The flavor of the coffee bean also figures into the brewing a "perfect cup". When I was much younger, I remember coffee tasting dark and rich (I don't use sugar, or any sweetener). Can't seem to find a brand that satisfies as the old fashioned brews used to. Think that perhaps the whole industry as changed their methods of roasting and manufacturing??

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                        foodperv Oct 6, 2007 09:49 AM

                        the grind is very important. yrs ago we had grinds like drip,perk,electro perk and each was diff in appearance, as it should be. now the all have this (ALL PURPOSE) OR FOR ALL COFFEE MAKERS and many of us wonder why so many brands taste bad (today)

                        even one of my fav brands has changed grinding method, so it does not taste as good as just 6-7 yrs ago( don't get me wrong i still like their coffee but not as good as it was.
                        that brand is gevalia . up until the last few yrs their grind was SIMILAR to that of cocoa now their grind is much coarser and not as nice

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                          hannaone Oct 6, 2007 10:30 AM

                          LoL. Giving away your age there fp ( I remember when Folgers actually tasted good. So I guess that dates me).
                          The national brands lost their edge when they changed to one grind fits all. You do need the right grind for your equipment. I use one of those combination grinder/drip coffee makers that was designed to do the proper grind. I like my coffee a bit stronger so I add a little more than what the instructions say and it comes out great every time.
                          Another consideration is cleaning of your equipment. You need to clean out all the built up oils (although some old timers say this build up is required for good "seasoning") to get the freshest taste.

                      2. mrsbuffer Oct 6, 2007 05:22 PM

                        I found a Braun coffee grinder for $3 at a thrift shop and now for coffee I throw in the Eight O'Clock whole beans from the supermarket, grind fine and voila. I have a Hamilton Beach coffee dispenser that does not use a pot - holds the fresh brewed coffee inside and it's dispersed by putting a mug under the spigot and pressing...

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                          NE_Elaine Oct 7, 2007 10:30 AM

                          I have a Braun drip machine as well. I have tried a french press and it really didn't do it for me. I use 1 rounded coffe scoop (1/8 C) of coffee per 2 (6oz) cups of coffee I make. I use a 50/50 mix of italian roast/french roast decaf.

                          1. JayVaBeach Oct 7, 2007 03:06 PM

                            Cuisinart Cup-O-Matic Coffeemaker

                            This compact coffeemaker brews a single cup at a time – in minutes and just the way you like it – using either ground coffee or coffee pods. The machine’s simple controls include cup-size and coffee-strength selection, as well as automatic shutoff. It's perfect if you're solo, but can brew more too !

                            1. jayt90 Oct 7, 2007 05:55 PM

                              I have used Braun, Melitta, and Cuisinart drips, but went to a Bosch because it said it would brew at 200F and it delivers. Technivorm also brews at 200F or slightly higher. The others are about 25 degrees less. Of course I can go a bit higher with the press, but it is not so convenient at 7 AM.

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                                stevebookman Oct 8, 2007 05:02 AM

                                Tech tip re measuring coffee - density varies a lot based on origin of the beans, so best to weigh versus using a liquid measure such as tablespoons - Salter $30 1 gram scale - http://tinyurl.com/yvb7on - is convenient - 10 to 11 grams per 6 ounces of water is about right.

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                                  adventuresinbaking Oct 8, 2007 06:10 AM

                                  In a drip coffee pot I use one tablespoon ground coffee per cup and an extra two "for the pot." I usually buy dark roast/shade grown/organic/fair trade coffee. This ratio plus the coffee makes me drink way more than I should when I am in the mood.

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                                    sel Oct 8, 2007 12:02 PM

                                    For me it's simple. Freshly roasted high quality beans that are ground right before brewing. I prefer a pre-rinsed paper filter in a $3 holder placed on top of my mug but sometimes use a French Press, especially for a larger quantity of coffee. Never had excellent cup from an electric drip coffee maker and I've had several Krups models and a Braun.

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                                      foodperv Oct 9, 2007 06:24 AM

                                      so are you saying you have never had a cup of coffee to your liking outside your home?
                                      at a rest. or coffee house because all those places use some form of an elect drip machine

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                                        sel Oct 9, 2007 12:49 PM

                                        No! I've had excellent coffee outside of my home, sometimes better than what I make at home. Some of the best that I've had lately was from very expensive Clover machines in specialty coffee shops. I was responding to the question in the original post: "How do YOU make the perfect cup?" I have not had an excellent cup (sometimes good though) from a HOME electric coffee maker such as what the original poster was referring to. And the best cup of DRIP coffee that I have tasted at a business has been dripped into a 12 oz. paper cup using freshly roasted and ground coffee in a paper filter, not from an electric maker!

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                                          foodperv Oct 9, 2007 01:36 PM

                                          i get it thanks for clearing that up

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