The Water Is Essential

The water chosen to be used with your coffee maker is of absolutely vital importance. Tap water tends to have a large amount of minerals in it so that it can cause build up to accumulate faster in your brewer. The faster the build up, the more often you must de-scale. This is also true with overly filtered or softened water, the minerals and additives in this water can build up quickly as well. Minerals are essential to the coffee maker, however. They are necessary to bring out the taste in the beans and are necessary in the electronics and water sensing of the machine. Too much will clog the brewer faster and not enough will cause sensing and taste issues. Minerals are an essential part of your brew. We recommend filtered water always as this has reduced amounts of minerals but they are still present enough to assist in the end result.

Coffee Selection

When choosing coffee for your coffee maker, it is important to understand how the coffee will brew. Dryer coffee will need to be made stronger as the oils that naturally are ‘steeped’ into the water will have evaporated and be more difficult to bring out. This is true with older beans or with pre-ground coffee. The oilier the appearance of the beans, the more likely they are to clog up in the coffee chute and grinder. It is very important with darker roasts or beans that have a very oily appearance that the chute and burrs be cleaned more often then with dryer beans or lighter roasts.

Iced Coffee

There are two methods to making iced coffee. First, brew a smaller amount of coffee then you would like and increase the intensity or strength of the coffee. Once the coffee has brewed, allow it to cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Add in ice until the cup is full. The added strength of the coffee is necessary as the ice will not only chill the brew but dilute it as well. The second method involved brewing some coffee prior to your iced coffee making. Brew it at the normal strength you’d like the iced coffee but set it aside once brewed to cool completely. Once the coffee is at room temperature, pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze. When the ice cubes are solid, brew your cup of iced coffee at your preferred strength and allow to cool slightly. Add in the coffee ice cubes. Making the cubes in this manner will completely remove the need of a stronger brew as the ice cubes, when melting, will only add more coffee and not water down the drink at all.