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What is the golden water-to-coffee ratio to make drip coffee?

The golden water-to-coffee ratio to make drip coffee is 17:1, which means 17 ml of water per gram of ground coffee. The coffee grind size for drip coffee is medium-coarse.


Drip Coffee Recipe

Serving:4 mugs
Cook Time:15 minutes
Prep Time:5 minutes
Author:Emine Aslan
Calories: 1

Have you heard that drip coffee is the most common way of making coffee in the USA? Learn below how to make it!

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Drip Coffee Recipe

Drip coffee is coffee made in an automated coffee machine. Drip brewing is one of the four main coffee brewing methods worldwide. In this method, water is met loosely with ground coffee by dripping over them from a height. So, in drip coffee, neither the temperature is as high as in the boiling method like Turkish coffee, nor is there high pressure as in espresso, nor steeping as in French press. Instead, water passes through ground coffee after dripping and goes down below into the coffee mug or carafe, loaded with all the flavors. You can read our related blog by clicking here if you’d like to learn more about different coffee brewing methods around the world.

Pour-over and drip coffee are the main types of coffee made with the drip brewing method. The barista or the coffee maker is personally involved in the brewing process in pour-over coffee. In contrast, a coffee machine makes the coffee in drip brewing. Click here to learn more about pour-over coffee in our related blog.

Making coffee in a coffee machine is the most common way to brew coffee at home in the USA. Almost every house in the country has an auto-drip coffee machine. So, how to make drip coffee is very well-known, but still, there are some tips to make the perfect drip coffee. We listed these tips below:

  • Quality and fresh coffee beans are important to have an excellent flavor in drip coffee. Grinding coffee beans just before brewing instead of using pre-ground coffee is better since coffee beans stay fresh and retain their flavor better in whole-bean form.
  • Quality water is almost vital to have a pleasant coffee experience. Tap water or some low-quality water has chemicals and odors, preventing flavors in coffee from bringing out and spoiling the coffee's taste.
  • The type of filter used is important, too. Paper and cloth filters tend to absorb the oils in coffee, so do not let them go down to the drink. Even though paper filters are used most in coffee machines, it is better to use stainless steel filters to have a more flavorful coffee that also includes oily flavors. A coffee with more oil is more filling, as well.

With these tips on hand, let’s move on to the drip coffee recipe below!


  • 12 tablespoons ground coffee, medium-coarse grind

  • 34 fl oz (1 L) water, filtered or bottled, if tap water is low quality


  1. Add water to the water reservoir of your coffee machine.

  2. Put a filter into the filter basket.

  3. Add coffee grounds to the filter.

  4. Place the carafe over the warming plate.

  5. Plug in the machine and turn it on.

  6. Wait for the machine to finish its job.

  7. Remove the carafe and serve the brewed coffee in a coffee mug.

  8. The warming plate will keep the remaining coffee in the carafe warm if you put it back.

  9. Enjoy your drip coffee!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 mug
% Daily Value
Calories per serving
0 grams
0 grams
0.1 grams
0 milligrams
8 milligrams
0 grams

    Drip coffee is served in a regular coffee mug with an 8-10 oz capacity. It is an alternative to tea not only at breakfast but throughout the day as you need some caffeine to refresh and alert your mind.