Drip Coffee

Everything You Need to Know About Drip Coffee & How It’s Made

When you walk into a local coffee shop, you’re sometimes faced with a plethora of coffee options to choose from. While some coffee names are straightforward, like lattes, cappuccinos, and americanos, some are quite confusing to understand, such as drip coffee. 

Drip coffee is widely enjoyed by many globally. Once you get the ratio and recipe right, you’ll easily have coffee ready, thanks to the drip coffee maker. However, some people are still confused by what drip coffee is and get shocked when receiving their orders at the counter. 

If you’re one of those who are confused about coffee, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ve written everything you need to know about drip coffee, from the basics to the brewing process. So grab a cup of coffee, have a pen and paper ready, and let’s get to it!

What is drip coffee?

Drip coffee is enjoyed by many people in the coffee world. This is because all you have in the cup you’re enjoying is the coffee, water, and time. Because of its name, many are still confused about what it really is. 

Many people think drip coffee is the same thing as pour-over coffee. However, even if they are quite similar, many coffee purists say there is a big difference between these two brewing methods. In this article, we’ll be talking about drip coffee in the context of an automatic coffee maker. 

Basically, a drip coffee maker produces coffee based on the recipe that you put into the machine. It brews the coffee using the water from its reservoir and extracts it straight to a carafe. After that, you can now enjoy your coffee by pouring it into your favorite mug. 

How do you make drip coffee?

When you have an automated drip coffee maker, it’s quite simple to do once you have a coffee recipe down. Some high-volume local coffee shops have automatic drip coffee makers in their bar to cater to on-the-go customers who want pure, black, delicious coffee right away. But how do you make drip coffee?

  1. Make sure you have the right amount of coffee to put into your coffee maker. This is usually around 60g of coffee with a medium-coarse grind size.
  2. Before clicking brew, make sure that you have filtered water in your coffee maker’s reservoir.
  3. The water will then start to heat and is forced upward due to the pressure.
  4. The heated water will then drip into the basket of coffee.
  5. As the water goes through the coffee, it will find its way to the carafe. Wait for it to stop brewing, and enjoy!

Compared to a pour-over, which is more focused on science and techniques, a drip coffee maker can still get you surprising brews with the right recipe and the least amount of effort. 

What makes drip coffee different?

Coffee is all the same; what makes it different is the type of brewing method you use. For drip coffee, you rely on a device for brewing your coffee. The coffee maker works by thermally inducing pressure to drive the hot water towards the grounds and allow the coffee to brew slowly.

On the surface, the idea of pressure and hot water is incredibly similar to how an espresso machine works. However, espresso machines use higher amounts of pressure onto a smaller batch of fine-ground coffee, giving it a thick and rich texture. 

Since drip coffee brews slowly and you use medium-coarse grind, you get a smooth, silky, and refreshing cup that you can enjoy at any time of the day. Besides that, it’s incredibly easy to make and relatively affordable; no wonder this method is a standard go-to brewing method for homes, offices, and local coffee shops globally. 


Coffee is universal and what makes it different is how it’s brewed and served. Now that you know what drip coffee is, how it’s made, and how it’s different from the rest of the brewing methods, you can now walk into your local coffee shop and easily order a drip coffee and make it your new go-to cup of joe!

Are you looking for a local coffee shop to get some work done while having a delicious cup of coffee? Head over to SIP Coffee & Beer in Arizona. We created a space where people can come to work, grab lunch, meet new people, and hold events. Drop by today!

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