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After finding a drip filter coffee machine at the back of the office cupboard I asked myself ‘can you make great coffee in a drip filter coffee machine?’ My memories of drip filters in the office are of stale, bitter and extremely hot coffee. I inspected the Sunbeam Aroma Coffee 10 thought about the method of which it brews coffee and concluded it’s not much different to the pour over method.

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This was my plan:

To buy specialty coffee roasted for filter, use a similar grind, contact time and coffee to water ratio as the pour over method. I also decided to employ the smarts of the Clever Dripper and steep the coffee for a bit. I stopped in at The Odyssey Project and told the roaster of my crazy plan. He gave me the thumbs up and a bag of single origin Ethiopian Limu beans roasted for filter. He showed me his drip filter machine he uses and I gained confidence I was going to make great coffee.

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Here are the numbers:

30 grams : 415 grams ( 1 : 13.5 )

3 minutes

Yield 375 grams

Grind medium to coarse

This is what I did:

  1. Loaded my burr grinder with the coffee beans, set the dial to 18 for a medium to coarse grind.
  2. Switched the coffee machine on and poured about 3 cups of water into the chamber – I left the basket and paper filter out because I just wanted to heat the equipment up. I put the glass carafe in it’s position onto the hot plate so that it would also heat up.
  3. When it finished expelling all the water into the carafe I put the basket and paper filter into the machine and poured in about 1 cup of water into the chamber. This time I wanted to put some water through the paper to remove any impurites. When the chamber was empty of water I emptied the carafe. I did not return the carafe to it’s position.
  4. Next I tipped 30 grams of the ground beans into the filter and made sure it was level. I then poured 390 grams of water into the chamber and closed the lid. The machine started to pump water onto the coffee and I waited for 1 minute to steep. After the minute I returned the carafe to it’s position on the hot plate which then allowed the water to drip into the carafe. The dripping lasted for 3 minutes in total until all the water had emptied from the chamber.
  5. I took the carafe off of the hot plate so the coffee did not get any hotter.

My preference always with any filter method is to wait at least 10 minutes before drinking to let the flavours develop. I was a little nervous that this might have all been in vain but I shouldn’t have been. The coffee was like any great V60 or Kalita Wave – delicate, tea like and had a maroon transparency in appearance. Success!

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To sum up, use quality specialty filter roasted coffee, get the grind right, weigh the grind and the water, control the contact time. Try it yourself to answer the question ‘can you make great coffee in a drip filter coffee machine?’ Let us know what you think through @BeanBrewding or leave a comment below.