Coffee Hack #2: Warm Up Your Machine

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My coffee maker was $15 from Wal-Mart, and I love it dearly, but it’s not what you would call a “quality” product. I know conceptually how to make good coffee and what good coffee tastes like, but I often don’t get it from my cheap machine, and I know from trying friends’ and roommates’ coffee that this is a very common problem. You can learn to live with poor taste because there’s not much you can do about it, but there is something you can do if you find that your coffee maker isn’t getting your beverages hot enough.

During the brewing process, your coffee maker should get the water/coffee up to at least 195 degrees Fahrenheit (91 degrees Celsius). If you’re using cold, filtered water as you should be, you might find that your coffee comes out between 150 and 160 degrees, which is warm but not right for that piping hot cup you want. To fix this, run a cycle of just water through your machine to get it warmed up.

That’s it. Once you get the machine going and the plate at the bottom is warm, your coffee will likely come out a bit hotter, even if your crappy coffee maker still doesn’t get the taste quite right…

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