Making Coffee Tips and Tricks

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Making the perfect cup of coffee can be an elusive task. This is a page about making coffee tips and tricks.


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Hubby noticed that the coffee we had been buying seemed bitter. We use filtered water and had a new coffee maker. So I told him to do what my mom used to do. Add a little pinch of salt to the grounds before turning on the coffee maker. It does work!

We have tried several brands of coffee with and without the salt. Salt wins! I know people will say to cut down on salt, but the little dab it takes to make the coffee better is worth it.

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, CA

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I have done several posts about my spilling stuff all over the place. Here is yet another. When I move to another place I always choose the shortest length of counter space, wasted space as it were, for my coffee brewing station. I fill my canister in the sink so as not to spill it on the counter. I now have a way to avoid spilling the water all over. If your sink faucet has the sprayer attached to the faucet instead of off to the side you can fill your coffee maker with that. It works great and no water slopped all over.


By Marty Dick from Knoxville, TN

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February 4, 2010

Tired of finding coffee grounds in the bottom of your pot? Here's a tip to keep them in the basket, where they belong!

When you set up your grounds basket, instead of using just the one filter under the grounds, add another to cover the grounds.

The top filter will help to keep the grounds from splashing over the edges of the bottom filter and into your pot of coffee.

You don't have to use two of the exact type filters, if you have a coffee maker that requires use of the cone shape - which are more expensive. Just use a cheaper ruffled filter to cover the grounds. Nest it around the mound of coffee grounds and press against the side of the basket.

You will be enjoying pot after pot of grounds-free coffee. Enjoy!


source: I experimented with this years ago, and it works.

by suengenenc from Clyde, North Carolina

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Pouring water from the carafe into the coffee maker usually included a lot of water spilling onto the counter. To avoid this mess, I pull the kitchen spigot which has the hose for rinsing the sink, etc. out and over the coffeemaker. Fills quickly and easily with no spillage.

By Linda from Vista, CA

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January 26, 2006

I've been having problems with coffee filters collapsing and letting grounds into the coffee pot, plus gunking up the filter basket. The following solution has worked well for me and I haven't had a problem since...

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I just discovered the best cuppa Joe possible far as staying fresh. The secret? Buy your own coffee grinder (found mine, plus the coffee beans at Kroger). Do NOT grind the beans at the store.

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Coffee too hot and needs to be cooled down? Are you in a rush? Do you not want to put watery ice in your coffee? It depends on how you like your coffee.


If you want sweetness put creamer in an ice tray and freeze it. If you just want to cool down your coffee, freeze some coffee.

Cool Off Coffee With Frozen Creamer

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Always rinse coffee filters before brewing coffee. This removes any loose paper fibers that can end up in your brew and make your coffee taste papery.

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Coffeemakers have a glass canister to hold our coffee that somehow leaks, no matter what when you pour from it. I found a simple way to stop the leaking when you pour, which is to lift the spout that covers the canister where the liquid is stored.

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April 24, 2008

I bought two carafes; one for coffee and one for tea. As soon as I make either, I pour it into it's designated carafe. Instead of sitting on the hotplate or having to be reheated over and over it's ready anytime and tastes better too.


Saves on my electric bill.

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I want to make a good pot of Coffee and I can't ever measure the amount of coffee to the amount of water. What does everyone else find works for them? I made the strongest "put the hair on your chest" coffee this morning and DH won't drink it. :-(



January 23, 20050 found this helpful

My husband and I tend to like our coffee on the stronger side. However we use a 1/4 measuring cup (For 10 cups) that we leave in the coffee container every morning.


That way we get consistant flavor and never have to measure or search for something to use.

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By Nancy351 (Guest Post)
January 23, 20050 found this helpful

I generally decrease my coffee scoops to about 3 to the amount of water. If I have 8 cups of water I generally add about 5 scoops of coffee. I have never had any complaints on my coffee.

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January 24, 20050 found this helpful

I use a 1/2 tablespoon measuring spoon and use 1 spoonful (a little heaping) for every cup of water. I don't use the measuring spoon for anything else, so it stays in the coffee can. Also, the type of coffee will affect how strong it is; Colombian and French Roast are stronger than, say, your brand's regular blend, and flavored coffee tends to be mellower. Freshly ground coffee may also be stronger, depending on the type. You may need to adjust the amount depending on what type of coffee you have. And do invest in good coffee. That will make a difference too.


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By Vanessa (Guest Post)
January 24, 20050 found this helpful

I put in one scoop (1 TBL.) of coffee per 2 c. water.
So 10 C. cofee maker, 5 scoops.

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January 24, 20050 found this helpful


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By rose (Guest Post)
January 25, 20050 found this helpful

Here is one thing to remember. A standard "cup of coffee" is only 6oz. (not the standard 8 oz. like you learned when baking.)

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February 20, 20050 found this helpful

We use the scoop that comes in the instant iced tea mix w/ sugar, not the diet kind. We use 1 1/2 scoops of coffee for a pot of 10 cups & leave the scoop in the coffee can. Also use the same measurement for our 8 cup thermal caraffe coffeemaker. Goes to show, each pot is different. Never converted this to an actual unit of measure.

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March 18, 20050 found this helpful

I typically use one or two tablespoons per cup. It depends on the variety of coffee I am using. I like very strong coffee -- like French Roast. I also try not to make more than I can drink at any given time. Coffee that sits around for hours starts to taste really stale. I have a tablespoon that I have designated as my coffee measure.

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By Gary (Guest Post)
August 7, 20070 found this helpful

I have a 32 cup, Empire Harvest Gold coffee maker that belonged to my parents. I want to use it at a party this weekend but I have no instruction on how much coffee to use for 32 cups of coffee. I want to make it medium. Please email me at "parmagary at yahoo dot com

Thank You!

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By Wayne (Guest Post)
October 29, 20070 found this helpful

I'm a caterer and we have the darnedest time trying to come up with the right amount of coffee grounds for lets say 10-20-30-or even forty cups of coffee. We use Folger's so if anyone can help with a simple measuring device, You will be my best friend forever.

Editor's Note: The recommended amount per cup is 1 Tablespoon ground coffee. There are 16 Tablespoons per cup. For 10 cups it would be 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. For 20 cups it would be 1 1/4 cups. For 30 cups it would be 1 3/4 cups plus 2 Tbsp. for 40 cups it would be 2 1/2 cups.
Hope this helps.

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November 7, 20070 found this helpful

I Would like to know how many tbsp of coffee for 6 or 12 cups of water.I tend not to find the right measurements of coffee for the right amount of water.

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By Scott A. (Guest Post)
November 24, 20070 found this helpful

I have roasted my own coffee for many years, and use several different methods to brew, (vacuum, drip, french press). 1 measured Tbsp. per 6 oz. cup is a good starting point, but there are many factors. Water temp, freshness of coffee, type of grind, etc. as to make any generalization pointless. Experiment! Vary the amount and record your results. Remember, use the same coffee, water, coffee maker etc. each time and change only the amt. of coffee. You will be amazed at the difference a little change will make. Decide on your own preference, and enjoy!

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By abdul (Guest Post)
June 17, 20080 found this helpful

i used a shot glass as a measurement for 5 cups 1 full shot glass it's a medium size shot and it tastes just right try several times until you get the perfect taste of your own.

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By cath (Guest Post)
November 28, 20080 found this helpful

My Hamilton Beach 42 cup percolator says: 3/4 cup grounds to 12 cups of water; 1 cup for 18 cups; 1 1/2 cup for 24 cups; 1 3/4 for 12 cups; 2 1/4 for 36 cups and 2 1/2 cups for for 42 cups.

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February 6, 20130 found this helpful

I went to the Dollar Tree and bought a set of two coffee measurement spoons that are 1/8 cup and first did 3 of the scoops for a 12 cup coffee maker and realized it was too strong. Then I did two scoops for a 12 cup coffee maker and it was perfect. So I hope it helps: ^ )

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October 31, 2012

I would like to make a 12 cups of coffee, how much coffee do I need?

By Blanch H. from West Chester, PA

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When using a Bunn coffeemaker, can you make smaller amounts of coffee instead of a whole pot?

By meme7_2000


January 26, 20110 found this helpful

I make 4 cups every morning just add 4 cups of water and 2 scoops of coffee. The instructions in my book say 4 cups is the least you can make.

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January 27, 20110 found this helpful

And if you want just one cup, try one of the coffee filters/holders that sit on top of your coffee cup. 1 Tbsp of coffee, pour on the boiling water, and enjoy!

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June 9, 2015

I have a 12 cup drip coffee maker. I buy Maxwell House coffee and it comes with a scoop. How many do I need for 12 cups?

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November 18, 2014

We just bought a cheap coffee maker like always and after it's brewed there is a film on top of the coffee right away, not after letting it sit. I use filtered water. What am I doing wrong?

By Sharilyn

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I do not have purified water coming from my sink faucet, so I can't fill the coffee pot with the sink sprayer. Now what do I do for good water for my coffee?

By Carol


April 29, 20120 found this helpful

Everybody that I know uses water straight from the tap to make coffee.

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July 18, 2017

Milk can be frothed by shaking it in a jar but this will not steam the milk. This is a page about frothed milk in a jar.

A spoonful of frothed milk being added to coffee.

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April 20, 2016

A delicious cup of coffee can be prepared using this method with the right amount of coffee ground coarsely. This is a page about making coffee in a French press.

French press containing coffee, two white coffee cups, and two spoons on a white counter top

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November 23, 2015

There is nothing more frustrating than going to make a pot of coffee and finding you have run out of filters. The is a page about making coffee without a filter.

Making Coffee Without a Filter

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June 7, 2013

You don't have to have a coffee maker to brew a great cup of coffee. This is a page about making coffee without a coffee maker.

cup of coffee

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