How to Use a Coffee Maker

Many coffee makers can now be programmed to make your coffee at a pre-set time.
Many coffee makers can now be programmed to make your coffee at a pre-set time. (Image: Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Many people can't start their day without their morning cup of java. By investing in your own coffee maker and learning how to properly use it, you can save both time and money. There are many different styles of coffee makers to choose from, each featuring different functions to suit your specific needs. In general, coffee makers follow the same basic steps for use. However, always make sure to consult your specific coffee maker's manual.

Things You'll Need

  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee filters
  • Ground coffee
  • Water
  • Spoon

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Remove the carafe from the coffee maker. Your carafe will have lines to mark where each cup is. Fill your carafe with water, equal to as many cups of coffee as you would like.

Pour the water from the carafe into the reservoir of the coffee maker, and place the carafe back into position.

Place a coffee filter into the filter basket. The amount of coffee you'll need to add depends on how strong or weak you like it. Check what the recommendations are for your particular blend. Add the grounds into the filter using a spoon.

Press the "On" button on your coffee maker, and wait for your java to brew.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are displeased with the taste, there are a number of things you can do: change the water to coffee ratio, use different beans, use different sweeteners or creams, add cinnamon, vanilla or chocolate. This is just a way to get started.
  • Remember that this won't taste like an espresso from your coffee shop. This will be a simple cup of drip coffee.


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