I've tried the "preheat the water" trick for the last few days with my
auto-drip coffee maker. (Sorry, I don't remember who it was that
proposed this idea last week.)
It *really* makes a difference. I've been getting much smoother cups of
coffee than before.
My current variation on this:
Grind coffee for 8 "cups" (2 oz weight, approx -- when I'm feeling
an*l-retentive, I actually weigh it).
Run cold water for 8 "cups" into the pot, through my Pur filter.
Microwave the pot for 4 minutes (my pot has no metal parts). This
brings the water temperature to near 120F.
Pour water into the coffee maker, turn it on.
As soon as it's done (about 4 minutes later), turn off the coffee maker,
so the coffee doesn't burn.
Pour, sip, and enjoy.
This method requires only a little bit more attention than the old
grind-pour-brew method, and the overall time from grind to brewed coffee
is about the same (because it took almost 8 minutes to brew coffee from
cold water), and the quality of the brewed coffee is much better.
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