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Drip Coffee Makers — super simple, super cheap



Gather ’round the fire with some delicious cups of hot brown as I tell you the story of American hot brown.

The Engineer Guy’s video on the coffee maker’s Bubble Pump

My percolator video

The infamous Kettle video (which I have a feeling inspired the even more infamous New York Times article…)

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00:00 Intro
01:05 Kettles are Confusing
02:20 Why kettles don’t make our coffee
04:51 Introducing Mr. Coffee
08:12 Exploring a vintage Mr. Coffee machine
10:57 Brewing Temperature and Control
16:19 Modern design and theory of operation
21:25 Speed comparison and taste test
23:20 Coffee Saver feature test
26:37 The cost-saving hot plate
28:59 These things are stinkin’ cheap
30:21 Coffee Pragmatism
31:21 Some advice for cheap drip brewers
32:08 More Pragmatism and the Flavor to Effort Ratio
33:23 The drip brewer’s reliability weakness
34:27 Conclusion
35:22 Bloopers

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  1. Don't hold back on those coffee opinions! It boosts engagement 🙂

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  2. Try a Pipamoka

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  3. I can see a Technology Connections and James Hoffmann collaboration in the future!

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  4. I wish you tested the old machine with 4 cups without coffee saver

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  5. Aussie here.
    I met someone who claims to prefer instant coffee.
    I remember growing up with loose tea leaves – and everyone’s short-lived horror at the introduction of tea bags.
    I haven’t used loose tea in decades.
    I sometimes use a coffee press (for coffee), but the necessity for rinsing after each use means I return to tea (bags) but not drip coffee, which I have never used at home.
    Seeing the prices mentioned here, I may buy one.

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  6. Very interesting… I learned something new, thanks!

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  7. Drip Somethingorother Makers do not answer the question how do you make coffee.
    That stinky brown water ain't coffee!

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  8. In South East Asia, coffee makers are getting to where the US is, slowly. You have to go to a cafe to see those big espresso machines and coffee machines. In homes, we still enjoy instant coffee crystals and various '3in1' powder forms of instant coffee. The varieties are endless in the supermarkets stores.

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  9. "as wide a cost spectrum as a Midwesterner will tolerate" I identify with that statement strongly.

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  10. This guy effortlessly combines the delightful comedic notes of an in-stride Contrapoints with a hefty dose of "How It's Made" serenity. Perfect.

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  11. What's all this nonsense with kettles. I boil my water in the microwave in three minutes and then pour it over my coffee/filter into the cup.

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  12. this video makes me proud to be American and I'm not sure why

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  13. Only a couple minutes in but for the record, pour overs and french presses also have an incredibly tiny footprint, which is why I use them for ~non hipster reasons~. They're ideal for small apartments since counter space is incredibly precious.

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  14. Very enjoyable, and educational to watch. Thank you.

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  15. Lol and then there is simple pour-over. Just a glass container and a filter that you pour hot bean-water into. You can't match that elegance.

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  16. The Rival of Mr. Coffee is…. Rival. 😁

    The secret to making coffee taste better is… 1 teaspoon of table salt added to the grounds for every 4 cups of coffee. So 1 tsp of salr for the small 4-cup makers and 1tbsp of salt for a 12-cup coffeemaker. This is not a joke but something I've learnt from my ex who managed a Second Cup Cafe. Try it, you will have your mind blown!

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  17. I just don´t find the difference between instant coffee and regular coffee, so I prefer instant coffee.

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  18. Here in Sweden it’s hard to find a kitchen without a water boiler. It’s equally hard to find one without a drip-brewer as well AND we are the second largest coffee consumers in the world (after our neighboring Finland). We don’t drink a lot of tea but the boiler can be used for a ton of reasons. Brewing coffee through a filter down into a kettle for example (the coffee gets better if the water is around 90 celcius which) or just to pre heat the water before cooking.

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  19. My go to coffee is maxwell from the cheapest American style coffee pot. Cut with water if it's too strong or hot. Cafes and fads suck.

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  20. I didn't like the coffee getting burnt so I picked up one with vacuum insulated carafe and no hot plate. No burnt coffee and it stays warm for a long time.

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  21. I don't drink coffee, but I much prefer using drip-coffee makers to make myself hot chocolates or tea because it's not so hot that I can't drink it, and since the tea or chocolate is already in the cup (or just put in the cup after the water is in), I don't have to clean anything. And the best part, most of the brewers now, like the Kureg, you just push a button to say '1 cup' and it only uses an approximate amount of water so I don't have to worry about it over flowing the cup or staying on for too long, so it ends up being done with that one cup in way less time than it would take to boil a whole pot/kettle.
    Of course I could just buy an electric kettle and put less water in it, but the additional functions of a kureg just make it nicer to have as an all in one

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  22. I just use the microwave with instant coffee/water for tea if i drank coffee every day id probably get a coffee maker and use the grounds for compost, but my instant coffee can sit in the cupboard for a month without being touched.

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  23. You should definitely try a moka pot. I remember excitedly telling a fellow chemistry student in college that it was "a Buchner funnel run backwards!"

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  24. Germany meanwhile is owned by the Melitta filter brewing mafia.
    Please send help 😀

    At least we tea drinkers get proper acess to kettles though.

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  25. Wait, slow down, an electric percolator is what?

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  26. You ruined your coffee with milk and sugar. Shame on you.

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  27. I use a kettle and use pour-over. I love it. It boils water in no time, well not really "no time", just really fast.

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  28. As a Gen X Australian, drip coffee machines were a thousand times more likely to be seen in American sitcoms and films than on our own kitchen benches. I remember finding one in the back of my grandparent’s cupboard but never saw it used. As a country, it seems, we transitioned from instant coffee to espresso machines in one giant leap, with moka pots and pour-over/Chemex/V60 filter units for those on a budget or wanting an option where electricity isn’t available.

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  29. If you watch various Coffee Experts… most agree that the BEST brewing temperature is right around 190 deg., but not boiling at 212 deg.

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  30. I see the home coffe culture in america is quite simmilar to swedem and the rest of northern countries. We LOVE coffe and we LOVE these coffe machines.

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  31. i just want to make it clear that the people that drink instant coffee (I am one of them) don't do it because we want to. Or at least not where I live. Here coffee is extremely expensive and that is the only buyable type of coffee. Don't go arround acusing us of disrespect to the whole coffee comunity or smt like that we hate it too but it is better than nothing

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  32. Your analysis and conclusions and the way you view and choose to live is very interesting to me, when My stomach was able to handle coffee I pretty much came to the exact conclusion you did, So I did what you did and found a good middle ground.

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  33. Pro tip: pour a tiny bit of water in the basket on the filter so it sticks to the basket, and so the filter doesn't fold down over and ruin your brew with grounds.

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  34. 12:44 thank you for blowing my mind. The ingenuity is crazy, What a concept, I've never seen those before. So cool

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  35. There are various methods and machines to make a cup coffee today. K-cups, instant coffee, K-cups, coffee press, etc.., but Mr Coffee coffee maker like the one you showed is what I still use and offer the best bang for buck in my opinion.

    It’s cheap to buy, easy to use, easy to clean, per cup cost is very cheap, and makes pretty good coffee.

    I’ve had amazing coffee from Espresso machines, the local Cafe, coffee presses, but for my morning routine, my Mr Coffee Coffee Maker is what I will always stick to.

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  36. A note about percolaters.
    Where i live in Alaska, getting grid power set up is super expensive, so we just use a percolater to avoid using up gasoline in the generator. Same story with oil lamps. Dry cabins are wild.

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  37. I'm with you on drip machines hitting the magic sweet spot of effort vs. results, but I found my favourite when I found my moka pot. Much more flavourful, much more kick – albeit with much greater faff per cup.

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  38. I thought a cup of coffee was 6 fluid ounces and a regular cup was 8 fluid ounces.

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  39. Love my Electric tea kettle, to heat up water,

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  40. I swear by my induction moka pot coffee!

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  41. Did Bill the Engineer Guy pass away??

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  42. I always kind of assumed drip pots worked but turning the water into steam and having it hit the roof, cool slightly, and drip over the coffee

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  43. Meanwhile in France (maybe rest of Europe too ? I have no idea), most people don't drink much tea, and have both induction stoves, electric kettles and drip coffeemakers (although many people prefer espresso so I think among people richer than students, capsule machines are most prevalent. We don't like filter coffee that much. Most people almost never use instant coffee, even with electric kettles, which are really for tea and boiling pasta water). I wonder why we like having so many appliances ^^' More interestingly, few people have french press (I'd say about as many as stovetop italian espresso little things), and I've never seen a percolator except in your videos (or a stovetop kettle for that matter)
    I'd love a big worldwide survey of the habits of people by country and region inside country, it's so interesting to see the spectrum of differences between people for daily things !

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  44. – зависи како пијеш када гдје и са ким и зашто
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    – кафа што се раствара у води на њу сипаш врућу воду из ма што
    – кафа што се циједи на филтер "ми то зовемо холандска кафа" /није то тако лоше
    – кафа оно неспресо
    – кафа сенсео апарати
    ех мој дечко али то све није као кахва
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    кахва то је шта рећи томе
    – зависи ко ти прави кахву
    – коме идеш у госте или си у бизнису или у ресторану да одмориш и сад оно нема ништа даи ти треба сјетиш се кахве
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    то се и пржи и меље и куха и све за како коме
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    на примјер
    – не може мени твоја жена наложити ватру и да ми то буде наша ватра
    – сваком своја ватра од љубави и оно пуцка тамо
    то је вам је пуно комплицирано све
    – но да не бринете научим ја то све вашу мегјеницу
    – само ако јој је мрско радити или невољна радити ми те кахве никада попити нећемо
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    на тој ватри која је ваша жена пржи вама кахву за вас да сједнете одморите или када устанете када се не ради ништа
    – то фешта од кахве буде
    (сама прибире зрна кахве а купила је сирову кахву)
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    хеј босно босно моја ди смо ми а ди је европа
    – да могу све да вратим назад да ли би узео ону нашу босанку
    – врло радо али нисам ја мени говорио ја смијем све и ја се ничега не бојим немам ја шта кога питати итд
    – онда уз нешто што је њој немогуће
    пили би своју кахву али у словенији они имају јако добру мљевену не могу наћи назив
    – али када ја инситирам да ми то направи а она неће
    то је њен кључ за све је добро
    – исто као кључ абрахаму ово оно и абрахам неће
    – што би постао абрахам да није
    што је постала она када није исто томе савладала своју препреку
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    но добро да видимо мегјеницу што ли ће она
    – а ако неће што има везе да неће и да хоће и да неће мени добро

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  45. Mega shots fired at instant coffee drinkers. Y’all ain’t safe on the street

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  46. A machine with a Dewar flask carafe obviates the whole hotplate thing.

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  47. lol
    where I'm from, we have American plugs but European voltage, which is very terrifying. However, we still use electric kettles here with no problem.

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