Drip brewing is the most common method in the United States. It can produce a satisfying cup if properly brewed. Brewing coffee begins with using the correct amount of coffee. Start with 2.5 to 3 tablespoons of medium ground coffee per 8 ounce cup. A medium grind is similar to the consistency of granulated sugar. The grind will determine how long water is in contact with the coffee. The finer the grind, the more time it takes the water to flow through the grounds. The goal is to adjust the grind so that the entire brew cycle takes 3 to 3 1/2 minutes. If it’s too fast, the coffee will be under-extracted, making it weak and having little aroma. If too slow, it will be over-extracted and bitter.
One of the problems with drip brewing occurs when you only need to brew 4 cups or less at a time. Most coffee machines do not get up to the proper temperature fast enough to only brew a couple of cups. If you are only making a few cups, We suggest using a French press.