Buying cheap electric coffee maker is just that, you will get what you paid for: ineffective cheap parts. However we will try to help you get the best out of your money. We can do this with a little know how on basic coffee brewing principles (in relation to a brewer).
Standard Cheap Electric Coffee Maker Parts
- Switch, for on and off.
- Water Reservoir, with water level measurements or “number of cups.”
- Carafe, brewed coffee container usually made of glass
These parts you can not do anything about them.
Important Cheap Electric Coffee Maker Parts
- Water Dispensing Head, where hot water comes out.
- Filter Basket, where your filter sits.
- Screen Type Filter, which will contain ground coffee beans. Usually included with the brewer, but you can also buy paper filters.
Water Dispensing Head
CHOOSE THE BREWER WITH THE WIDEST DISTRIBUTION OF HOLES IN RELATION TO THE BASKET
“Coffee professionals” agree on the same things about brewing with a manual coffee dripper (like a cone). Your cheap electric coffee maker is basically the same with a manual coffee dripper.
They say it is best to pour water covering all the areas of the coffee bed. As a result this promotes “even extraction” of coffee for a better cup. Your coffee bed is the ground coffee beans in the filter basket.
Therefore choose a coffee maker that has (water dispensing head) holes distributed wider than just concentrated in one spot. It should look like it is covering more areas of the coffee bed, not just the center.
Choose a cheap electric coffee maker that has a round with flat bottom filter basket if available. Otherwise choose the ones with a cone shaped flat bottom filter basket.
These kinds have readily available paper filters. In addition they are designed better which might help with “even extraction.” Those weird shaped filter basket looks cute, but they are not going to help you brew a better cup.
Unnecessary Cheap Electric Coffee Maker Part
- Hot Plate, hot surface that heats the carafe.
It is best to turn off the brewer after brewing. So that your hot plate can not cook your coffee.
You can transfer your coffee to a thermal carafe to keep it hot. Another option is to just brew enough coffee that you plan to consume within the hour.
Ineffective Cheap Electric Coffee Maker Part
- Heating Element, where water passes through and gets heated, while pushing hot water to the dispensing head.
This part can not heat the water to maintain an ideal temperature for brewing coffee. Basically the heat is not extracting enough from your coffee beans.
You can compensate by using a (little) less coffee beans than recommended. Thus allowing more water to extract more soluble from your coffee beans.
Lastly always keep your coffee maker clean. Wash the filter basket and the filter screen after every use. Also wipe the water dispensing head with clean towel to remove coffee residue.