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  • Settle a Freindly Coffee Dispute?

    Found A Coffee Forum to settle an annoyance between my husband and I and our coffee maker.

    I like getting the first cup of coffee that drips out of the machine, he likes to guard the coffee maker to stir the grounds as the water drips into to it. He will guard the coffee maker until its done brewing completely and then and only then let me have my much desperately needed cup of coffee.

    I'm of the opinion the whole pot doesn't need to brew for it to be good coffee and that constantly opening the lid to stir it is letting a lot of flavor from essential oils escape.

    He's of the opinion that unless he stirs it and waits for the pot to be completely brewed it's just not as good.

    Opinions anyone? Thanks for reading

  • #2
    You need to give us more information on the machine you are using and how you use it.

    Most of us on here use espresso machines, with the occasional siphon, pourover, aeropress. So those qualified to answer may be few of us.

    However, it's all in the taste of the beholder. Can you get access to two machines the same (borrow one)? Then run two brews exactly the same, take your first cup out of one, but stir the other for the entire brew and give your husband a blind test of the two and see if he can pick which is which. Then reverse, and have him give you a blind test to see if you can pick which is which.

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    • #3
      sounds like you are using a drip filter coffee maker with total immersion of the coffee. I agree with your husband in waiting for the total brew process to be completed to even out the extraction over the total brewing time.

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      • #4
        It's a regular drip coffee maker.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Pavoniboy View Post
          You need to give us more information on the machine you are using and how you use it.

          Most of us on here use espresso machines, with the occasional siphon, pourover, aeropress. So those qualified to answer may be few of us.

          However, it's all in the taste of the beholder. Can you get access to two machines the same (borrow one)? Then run two brews exactly the same, take your first cup out of one, but stir the other for the entire brew and give your husband a blind test of the two and see if he can pick which is which. Then reverse, and have him give you a blind test to see if you can pick which is which.

          This blind taste test would totally appeal to his Type A personality. I may take you up on this suggestion.

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          • #6
            I also agree with Greenman, The more evenly the water is dispersed over the grounds the the more even the brew can be. Depending on certain brands of filter coffees machines i believe a few aim to make sure the water is distributed over the coffee grounds evenly so what you husbands doing is not required..

            I had a breville filter coffee machine at work and i was doing the exact same thing..

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            • #7
              I too would have to give hubby the thumbs up for being right in this case.

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              • #8
                Different people like coffee differently. With espresso we have ristretto and a normal shot that are different in taste. So if you like the taste go for it. WHy not take your cup and let him stir the rest?

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                • #9
                  Brewing while stirring will totally even out the taste differences between the first drips and the last.

                  Over the 3 or 4 minutes the coffee brews, not many oils/flavours will be lost.

                  But since coffee is a matter of taste, if you like the first cup better, then it's better for you.

                  Greg

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                  • #10
                    Perhaps the real challenge is to find a coffee that you like when its prepared the way your husband wants.

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                    • #11
                      Or buy yourself a couple of 'coffee dippers' and then you can both make your own pour overs to suit your personal tastes.

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