March 10, 2006, Newsletter Issue #51: Drip brewers - not Percolators

Tip of the Week

Choose a good quality drip brewer. These are the units that drip water, at the right temperature, through the grounds, through the filter and into your jug or carafe. For a great drip brewer with an insulated carafe and a built-in coffee grinder, consider the Melitta Mill & Brew Coffee Brewer.

A percolator will not brew good tasting coffee. Firstly, the brewing time is far too long. Secondly, there is constant conflict of temperatures: the first blip of the percolator is cold by the time it reaches the grounds, which, in turn, are cold. After a few minutes, the grounds are super saturated with cool water, which starts dripping through the mesh into the cool water below, where temperatures are constantly changing. The whole percolator process is really quite awful, producing an over extracted foul tasting cup of coffee.

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