What is Drip Coffee and How to Make It?

Drip coffee is a coffee type made by pouring hot water over ground coffee in a filter. This brewing method is performed by an electric drip coffee machine and is popular with many coffee drinkers.

How Does Drip Coffee Work?

To make the perfect cup of drip coffee you need an electric drip coffee maker.  This wonderful machine gives you a good cup of coffee with minimal fuss! They came about in the 1970s and are one of the most common appliances found in many kitchens worldwide.

Drip coffee makers work by using one of the most basic brewing methods. Water is heated up in the bottom chamber until steam is produced and rises through a tube system. It then condensates and drips into the chamber containing the ground coffee.

The water flow goes through the coffee grounds in the filter and in an instant, you have a quick and easy cup of perfect Joe!

How to Make Drip Coffee at Home?

You’ll need the following items to brew your own drip coffee at home:

  • Drip coffee maker
  • Paper filters
  • Premium whole coffee beans or fresh ground coffee (medium roast)
  • Coffee grinder (if you’re grinding your own coffee)
  • Filtered water

You’ll need 10 to 15 minutes to make your drip coffee.

Step 1

Grind the coffee beans just before you start brewing. Refer to the section below for the recommended grind.  

Step 2

Place one paper filter into the designated chamber and add 1.5 tablespoons of ground coffee for every cup of coffee being brewed.

Step 3

Fill the water reservoir. Most coffee makers include measurement lines on the reservoir so fill up according to the number of cups you want to brew. Make sure not to overfill the water reservoir.

Step 4

Turn on the coffee maker. The machine will do the rest and it takes about 5 minutes for your cup of coffee to be ready.

Step 5

Once the coffee is ready, remove it from the burner. The longer it stays on the burner, the more bitter it will taste. Pour into your cup and add sugar and milk as required. Sit back and enjoy your cup of drip coffee.

Below is a video on how a drip coffee machine works, enjoy.

Is Drip Coffee the Same as Ground Coffee?

Drip coffee is the same as ground coffee but the flavor and taste do differ. Ground coffee is used to make a variety of coffee types such as espresso. What makes one coffee brew different to another is the grind used, roast, and the length of time the coffee is steeped in hot water.

For example, finely ground coffee is used in espresso machines. With drip coffee, a coarser ground coffee is used and most baristas recommend a medium grind. For a good shot of espresso, the water takes about 25 – 30 seconds to go through the coffee grounds. In drip coffee, the hot water stays in contact with ground coffee for a longer period.

Which is Healthier – Espresso or Drip Coffee?

It’s not surprising that many people think a shot of espresso has a much higher content of caffeine than a regular cup of drip coffee. While we agree that espresso is a far more concentrated brew, a shot normally only contains 1.5 to 2 ounces of coffee.

A typical serving size of a regular cup of coffee is 8 ounces. It would then seem obvious to say that more caffeine is consumed with every drip coffee drink. Breaking down the actual amount of caffeine per cup shows the following:

  • 8 oz. drip coffee contains 70 to 140 mg of caffeine
  • 5 oz. espresso shot contains up to 80 mg of caffeine

The caffeine amount does depend on the type of beans used, the brewing process, extraction method, and temperature.

Does Drip Coffee Taste Better?

To say that drip coffee is the better tasting coffee compared to other coffee types isn’t a given. It really depends on your personal preference. Drip coffee lovers will tell you that this coffee brew has a cleaner body with a rounded flavor profile. It often has a less intense taste especially when compared against the espresso or other stronger coffee brews.

The flavor of drip coffee is also not as concentrated, because you would normally only use around 16 grams of coffee for every 8 oz. coffee cup or mug.

Which Grind is Best for Drip Coffee?

The drip coffee maker is one of your most basic coffee machines for brewing coffee. It’s designed to make coffee quickly and efficiently. However, while being simple to use it also leaves very little room for controlling the end results.

To ensure your cup of Joe is as perfect as you can get it, make sure you use the right grind for drip coffee. The type of filter you use in your coffee maker will guide you towards using the right coffee grounds:

  • Gold or plastic permanent filters: Medium grind
  • Flat bottom filters: Medium grind
  • Cone shaped filters: Medium to fine grind

The coffee grind size does impact the flavor and taste of your coffee but so does the freshness of the coffee used and the roast.

Final Thoughts

Drip coffee is one of the quickest and simplest ways to make large quantities of your favorite brew. Drip coffee makers are easy to clean with low maintenance and are often one of the least expensive machines to buy. You can own one at home and brew up a cup of Joe in no time at all whenever you want to.

Are you a regular drinker of drip coffee? Add a question in our comments section below if you want to know more about brewing coffee with a drip coffee maker. We would love to help you out!

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