Great, seriously great coffee for under $25.00 in additional equipment.


Jan 27, 2022
Upstate New York
So I have been using a Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee-on-Demand 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker for many years. I am on my third one. I like it because it is a cafeteria type single cup service, no carafe.

But: just about any drip machine will do. They can all make fantastic coffee. I have figured this out! By fantastic I mean coffee with a real taste, not just warm brown caffeinated tastelessness.

In addition to your reasonably priced, or even economy priced drip machine, buy a digital kitchen scale. Seriously, under $25.00. That is all you really really need. (You can spend as much as you want on paraphernalia of course, but in terms of vastly improving your coffee without much expense, a scale is all you need.)

Now, always ignore the cup indications on the carafe or water reservoir. They are inconsistent and meaningless.

Get good coffee. Play with your scale a bit, and figure out how to change units, zero it out, etc. Not hard at all.

Use 30 fl oz of water, against 50 g of ground coffee. Then prepare as usual.

This works. Always.

If you are looking for a coffee better than even this, you will have to spend a little money on a good burr grinder and buy whole bean coffee. But now you are into the coffee hobby. If all you want is great coffee, you don't need more than a digital kitchen scale.