Many people don't know how to use a coffee maker.
That's a challenging, even contentious, statement. Let's see if I can satisfy you that it's true.
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How To Use A Coffee Maker
Frank Sinatra told us there's an awful lot of coffee in Brazil. And there are an awful lot of coffee makers and espresso makers that you can buy.
Perhaps that's why you can read the reviews, both on the manufacturers' sites and on Amazon, and be puzzled. Because there's a basic contradiction between satisfied and dissatisfied users. I've only familiarized myself with those coffee makers that score highly in the reviews, with an average of over 4 stars out of 5. But I always leave the reviews pages with a question in my head, which is ...
"How is it that, with so many people saying what a wonderful machine this is, there are always a few disgruntled customers who leave a one- or two-star score and a negative review?"
No doubt there are cases where the customer has had an unfortunate experience with the product. And maybe it wasn't his fault. But I feel that there are also many cases where the purchaser of the product has simply not learned how to use a coffee maker properly, and when the machine eventually gives out because of misuse, they feel it has failed them, instead of the other way round.
So, for what it's worth, here are three great tips on how to use a coffee maker so that it will give you longer service, better tasting coffee, and pleasant memories.
1. Read the User Manual
Modern coffee makers are very complex machines - and not just the best-rated coffee makers, but even the economy, low-priced bargains. Depending on exactly how far they take over the coffee-making process, they have to
- boil or heat the water to an exact temperature,
- perhaps filter it first,
- move it somehow onto the coffee grinds or K-Cup (or similar pod),
- arrange for it to filter through at the right pace - too fast and it won't capture the flavor of the coffee, too slow and the coffee will be too bitter,
- collect the coffee in a cup or carafe,
- dispose of the surplus coffee grinds or pod,
- keep the water in the reservoir hot, and
- keep the coffee in the carafe hot.
Some coffee makers don't do all of this, of course, but they all do at least some of it, and they often depend on you, the user, treating it in the right way, whether by way of programming it properly or simply ensuring that the correct amount of water is poured into the reservoir.
That's why there's a user manual. So ensure that you read it thoroughly before you unpack your new coffee or espresso maker. It's amazing how many people evidently fail to do that.
Depending on the manufacturer and the model, you'll find there's a great deal of advice and tips on getting the best out of your product, and you'll be far less likely to find fault with it.
2. Don't Neglect Your Coffee Maker
Coffee and espresso makers are, by and large, wonderful machines that eliminate many mundane chores from our lives as well as produce great tasting coffee and other drinks.
But there's one mundane chore that they can't eliminate completely, and that's the chore of looking after them. Nearly all of them are complex electronic machines that have to deal with boiling water and coffee grounds every day. They get soiled. Different parts expand and contract at different rates with the extreme heat that is generated from time to time, and this all takes its toll eventually.
So it's important not to expect the impossible from them. Carelessly pouring cold water onto a boiling hot surface is one way in which you could cause an otherwise reliable machine to malfunction. Have consideration for what it has to do, and appreciate it for what it is.
It's not invincible; more like a pet, in a way. The more care and love you give it, the more you'll get back in return.
3. Keep It Clean
This follows on from tip # 2 above. If you know how to clean a coffee maker and do so regularly, then you're probably looking after it in other ways as well. But if you don't clean up after each brew then the coffee grounds will find their way into all kinds of places where they shouldn't go and cause damage of one sort or another.
Ensure the water you put in your reservoir is "clean" by filtering it. Keep the reservoir itself clean by rinsing it out regularly, and wash all washable parts, such as the carafe and filter holder, after each use. It's a chore, but if you don't you may find yourself writing a negative review about a good product, saying how it let you down after only ten months.
We hope these three tips help ensure you know how to use a coffee maker properly.