How to make coffee in a coffee maker

By Teah Teriele — / Coffee Talk

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The auto-drip coffee is the most common household brewer. It is the easiest, quickest way to make several servings of fresh coffee. Here's a quick tutorial on how to do it right. 
Your coffee grinds should be ground to "medium." Typically, a bag of ground coffee is already perfect for an auto-drip. If you want the freshest coffee possible, grind your own whole beans. Here are some more tips for fresh coffee.
Think about how much coffee you'd like to make. If you'd like to end up with eight cups, add slightly more than eight cups to account for the water that will be absorbed by the coffee. 
Fill your coffee pot to a little over the "8" cup mark usually located on the side of the pot. Be sure to set the pot down on a flat surface for proper measurement. Then, pour the water into the machine — and remember that water quality affects the taste of your coffee. You can find the water vessel on the top of the pot.
After placing the coffee filter into the basket, measure and add your coffee. 
Death Wish calls for 2.5 tablespoons for every six ounces of water. This is about on par with the Specialty Coffee Association of America brewing ratio for coffee. Feel free to adjust depending on taste preferences.  
On this particular machine, assemble by inserting the basket into the slot with the handle out. Some machines simply require closing a lid. 
The best part about the auto-drip machine is that it does almost everything for you. Simply switch the on button to "1" or "on," depending on your machine. Don't forget to turn it off, or you'll end up with a mess, or even a fire.
As soon as the coffee starts to make a sound similar to a purr, take the old grinds out. If you left it in, the coffee would over-extract and become bitter.
Enjoy with cream, sugar, or neither in your favorite mug! 

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