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Drip Coffee Makers - super simple, super cheap

  • Published on Mar 29, 2023 veröffentlicht
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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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Comments • 11 551

  • Technology Connections
    Technology Connections  7 months ago +5001

    Don't hold back on those coffee opinions! It boosts engagement :)

      FROZEN FRIDGE 2 days ago

      ​@Gaming with Nitehawk nc

    • Crash Override
      Crash Override 25 days ago

      funfact - the most who don't switched to those "fancy fully-automated coffe machines", might use one of 5 systems to make coffee: pad machines, capsule machines, espresso-cooker - for the stove - the "kettle" for boiling hot water, and pour it into either "manual" drop-coffee filters or a french press - or: drip coffee machines. so, it doesn't make sense to me why they ask such questions... unless they're as the same level of stupidity as these people, who ask if you had in europe fridges, freezers or microwaves. otherwise, i never will understand why these questions are asked... well, maybe they just don't know all sorts of "making coffee" (or using these coffeemachines like a kettle, to pour there your hot water directly into a cup for tea) and they're clueless - wouldn't wonder me when that migh be mostly "generation z" who ask such questions ('cause some of that "tech" might be "oldschool, that doesn't use anyone" , but that's just a guess)...
      the only time, i drink instand coffe, is when i'm out for camping - otherwise i prefer also "real coffee".

      DOLL ARAMA 26 days ago

      HAVE A NICE DAY!!!!

    • Joar Hagland
      Joar Hagland Month ago

      i think you severely overestimate the prevalence of instant coffee in Europe

    • Dabundis
      Dabundis 2 months ago

      If you find your coffee too bitter or acidic, try adding a tiny pinch of salt. Salt gets in the way of your taste buds' ability to send bitterness/acidity signals to the brain, which can mellow out your coffee. It only takes a few grains to notice the effect for me.

  • Nikiaf
    Nikiaf 7 months ago +8644

    I feel like you’ve opened the door to explore espresso machines now. It would make for a good video anyway, there’s a lot of mechanical goodness happening inside.

    • K G
      K G 24 days ago

      @NighttimeDemon hey do you know of his 2nd channel? He has a 3rd kinda secret channel too. Its his very early stuff.

    • NighttimeDemon
      NighttimeDemon 24 days ago

      I'm 6 months late, but I would love to see Alex dive into how espresso machines work.

    • ClHR
      ClHR 2 months ago

      “mechanical goodness” 🙄 are you Gen-x? Do you also say “damn” before an adjective like “OoOo that’s damn good” 😐

    • K G
      K G 3 months ago

      @Titouan Lannuzel James Hoffmann had a 4 part playlist on the moka pot.

  • GunnyTheGrey
    GunnyTheGrey 3 months ago +646

    "Big tubs because some families will absolutely get through it in a month."
    I have been promoted to the status of "a family." I don't feel lonely anymore.

    • You Don't Know Me
      You Don't Know Me Month ago +2

      I have 99 problems. My 17 [coffee-drinking] personalities aren't any of them. 🤪☕

    • M Hammer
      M Hammer 2 months ago +2

      Apparently I’m 2 families because I go through 2 of those a month😂😂

    • GunnyTheGrey
      GunnyTheGrey 2 months ago +5

      @A Random Galactic Hitchiker I go through about 2 a month. Wife hardly drinks any coffee. If we ever divorce, I'm just going to tell everyone that was why.

    • A Random Galactic Hitchiker
      A Random Galactic Hitchiker 2 months ago +3

      me and the wife go through one in like 5 days. not even joking, we buy 3 tubs every grocery day.

    • Jere Lull
      Jere Lull 3 months ago +10

      @GunnyTheGrey Thx, but I got tired of that unruly bush and trimmed it down quite a bit; My wife says I look better this way, without the wild man of Borneo look. I should change my avi to match reality.

  • John Van De Graaf
    John Van De Graaf 4 months ago +109

    The coffee flavor degrades if heated more than a 30 minutes after brewing, so it's best to not use the warming function too long, as James suggests. When I pour my first cup of coffee, I turn off the coffee maker and pour the rest of the coffee into an insulated carafe, which keeps the coffee nice and hot for hours. This is simple and beats having to microwave later cups of coffee.

    • miniveedub
      miniveedub 6 days ago +1

      I only make enough for two cups and drink them one after the other. If I want more later I make it fresh.

    • Jere Lull
      Jere Lull Month ago +1

      i won't nuke cold coffee; I swear it boils some regions of the container while leaving the others cold. The *average* temp comes up, but so does the burned taste.

    • Radu Radonys
      Radu Radonys Month ago

      @Jacob James Hoffmann, a famous British Clip-Sharer who deals with coffee stuff.

    • Jacob
      Jacob 2 months ago +1

      Who’s James?

    • Jere Lull
      Jere Lull 3 months ago +6

      Nuking coffee is another way to ruin it IMO. I prefer to drink it cooled down.

  • Sunla Studio
    Sunla Studio 3 months ago +109

    Some months back, I watched your video "why don't Americans use electric kettles" and I remembered someone had gifted my husband and I one years back. I thought maybe I was misremembering, so I took a look, and I found it - still in the box and all. To be honest, I didn't really think about it before. My goodness, I've gotten literally daily use out of it since.
    It's so quick and easy to use. Thanks for the information and for enlightening me to these nifty things. I just came by this video, and remembered you, so I had to tell you!

  • jonathan thompson
    jonathan thompson 5 months ago +206

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

    • Jacob Wallace
      Jacob Wallace Month ago

      @Satoshi was a reptiloid I don't hear applause.

    • Blakksheep
      Blakksheep 3 months ago +6

      Hey, I loved How It's Made! It was my favourite show on TV, after I think Mythbusters.

    • LatencyProblem
      LatencyProblem 4 months ago +11

      @Satoshi was a reptiloid literal reptile brain take lmfao

    • CaiXiuYing
      CaiXiuYing 4 months ago +6

      @Satoshi was a reptiloid while I don't find Contrapoints ever funny, I think it's mostly this dude's cadence in the way they speak that's reminiscent of Contrapoints

    • Satoshi was a reptiloid
      Satoshi was a reptiloid 4 months ago +16

      Contrapoints comedic? What are you smoking.
      Contrapoints is the most cringe corporate "comedy" available on youtube.

  • Boggy
    Boggy 3 months ago +45

    My grandparents ran a diner from 1938-1965 that was on a major highway. The sign in addition to saying (Our Diner) also had the subtitle, "Good Coffee". For making coffee, they had a two-pot glass contraption. Two Bunn-like pots joined in the middle, with coffee in a chamber between them. The coffee was loaded, the water put in the lower pot, the halves joined, and the whole thing put on the stove. Water boiled & the pressure forced it up a dip tube into the top chamber. When the bottom chamber was dry, steam stopped being generated, and the vapor in the lower chamber began to cool even though the flame was still on. Vacuum drew the hot water in the upper chamber through the grounds & back to the lower chamber. Don't know what it's called.

    • Boggy
      Boggy 14 days ago +1

      @shades344 @Jere - Yep, that's it!

    • Jere Lull
      Jere Lull Month ago +2

      @shades344 It' been 50 years, but my hazy recollection was that of vacuum brewing.

    • shades344
      shades344 Month ago +1

      Maybe a vacuum coffee maker? I’ve used one that sounds like what you’re describing.

    • Jere Lull
      Jere Lull 3 months ago +3

      Sounds like the vacuum-brew we had in a bed and breakfast I worked at a couple of summers: Fill the bottom carafe with water, boil it up into the basket above, then take it off the heat to cool and suck the water through the coffee Had to be careful as the carafe was definitely breakable and could make an awful mess.

    • JBpiification
      JBpiification 3 months ago +5

      Or a syphon, Hario makes some home ones if you want a reference pic

  • Chocococolatte
    Chocococolatte 7 months ago +1890

    This man could make a whole 2 hour documentary on anything, and I would watch all of it.

  • Benjamin Geiger
    Benjamin Geiger 4 months ago +24

    Also, one handy feature of many modern drip coffee makers is the auto-pause feature. You can remove the carafe, pour a cup of coffee, and put the carafe back without letting coffee pour onto the hot plate.
    It's a ridiculously simple mechanism: there's a spring-loaded cover over the dispensing hole in the grounds basket. The carafe presses the cover open, allowing coffee to pour. When the carafe is removed, the brewed coffee builds up in the grounds basket until the carafe is replaced.

    • Alex from Strohs
      Alex from Strohs 7 days ago

      At least on mine, you have to be quick or the basket will overflow and end up all over the hotplate anyway.

  • DerpyDaringDitzyDoo
    DerpyDaringDitzyDoo 2 months ago +15

    One thing you didn't mention, that unlike percolators or electric kettles, that since a drip coffee machine doesn't give you coffee that's quite as hot, you don't have to wait as long after brewing before you can actually drink it! My favorite part is because they're all so consistent, you can find your favorite kind of coffee and expect it will taste the same pretty much regardless of the machine you use. Even most hotel rooms have the same cheap machines, and I know a lot of people that bring some of their favorite coffee with them.

    • Cara Danelle McClintock
      Cara Danelle McClintock 26 days ago

      One thing I will say for stove top percolators is that the water hitting the coffee isn't boiling it boils in the bottom pushing it up through the tube as steam but by the time it hits the coffe it's condensed and the temp has dropped still not the best method if you care alot about coffee but if that was the case you would have an espresso machine but it's a perfectly fine way of making coffee I will say though it doesn't feel as safe since you have to watch it the drip machine you can set and forget while you get your other things done in the morning

  • Whitbypoppers
    Whitbypoppers 3 months ago +127

    Coffee makers kept getting more sophisticated. We had a Cuisinart machine with a built in grinder. However, it didn't have a warming plate. It had an insulated carafe instead.

    • MrsTerror
      MrsTerror 16 days ago

      insulated carafes are way better than coffee makers that require a warming plate

    • Toby
      Toby 2 months ago +1

      That's the best design. Warming plates are shit.

    • DoomchildXXL
      DoomchildXXL 2 months ago +4

      The word is "phosisticated". ☝🤓

    • Windhelm Guard
      Windhelm Guard 3 months ago +1

      my mum has a coffee maker with a cut-off valve, it only lets water go through when the carafe is under it, that way you can take the carafe out during the brew, as soon as you had enough, pour a cup and then put it back under to let it finish.

    • Matasa
      Matasa 3 months ago +1

      That is a superior design, I feel. No burnt coffee, just kept nice and warm, and with grinder to boot.

  • mikebeartx
    mikebeartx 3 months ago +86

    I can't believe I sat through a whole video on coffee makers. But, it was actually very interesting! I had no idea they were so basic. I didn't think they were very complicated, but hey, I was impressed! Thank you!

    • Buster Beachside
      Buster Beachside 2 months ago +2

      You've become one of us, welcome to the cult of viewers who watch every video despite not having any particular thoughts, opinions, or interest in the topic going into it!

    • Emulleator
      Emulleator 2 months ago +3

      I don't even drink coffee

    • Stephen Kimble He Him
      Stephen Kimble He Him 2 months ago

      You should watch his video on dishwashers and dishwasher detergent, I have learned a ton from this channel

    • A M G
      A M G 2 months ago +3

      Same. I never thought I'd watch the whole 40min. I thought I'd skim through it but the thing with him is he edits out all the useless bits like watching water boil so there's nothing to skip

  • Henrik Andersson
    Henrik Andersson 5 months ago +13

    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.

  • Alex Wilkins
    Alex Wilkins 3 months ago +12

    I am an American who admittedly prefers tea over coffee. I usually would use a kettle on the stove to boil water until I got my electric kettle. I dont remember why I bought it, I think it was on sale. I got the electric kettle and I figured I'd be the only one using it but my dad seen how fast it boils water. He LOVED it, he uses it everytime he boils water. After having it for 2 weeks he was so impressed he went out and bought one for my grandma saying "She NEEDS this." After several years of owning my electric tea kettle I would go as far to say it is one of the most used appliances in my kitchen.

  • John Moore
    John Moore 3 months ago +38

    Brewing coffee is a hot water extraction, which is determined almost entirely by duration of the solvent mixing with the substance. So, for the "coffee saver" feature, there is a relatively solid chemical explanation for them being similar.

    • Felipe Lorenzzon
      Felipe Lorenzzon 2 months ago

      If I understood correctly, it increases the mixing time because the water has to travel a longer distance

  • David S
    David S 4 months ago +5

    You mentioned the bimetallic valve on Grandpa Coffee, but didn't mention the valve that lets you pull the carafe midbrew on the new ones. Another super simple addition that makes a world of difference.

  • MadMeeper
    MadMeeper 5 months ago +8

    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.

  • Johannes Karlsson
    Johannes Karlsson 4 months ago +4

    Seeing that early mechanical design with the valve created from a bimetal strip was truly delightful. And of course, so was the rest. Thank you!

  • A Darker Storm
    A Darker Storm 7 months ago +595

    "I'm not willing to become a coffee enthusiast!"
    *proceeds to name and model approximately a dozen different coffee brewing devices*
    "And I also weigh my coffee."
    Mate, you're an enthusiast. Perhaps not an afficionato, but definitely an enthusiast.

    • DONK
      DONK 2 months ago +2

      Weighing your coffee is the bare minimum for repeatable taste.

    • Blakksheep
      Blakksheep 3 months ago

      @Windhelm Guard wh-whuh?

    • Windhelm Guard
      Windhelm Guard 3 months ago +1

      i mean he isn't putting salt in his coffee yet.

    • Blakksheep
      Blakksheep 3 months ago +1

      @BaltimoreAndOhioRR 😄

    • Lukas G
      Lukas G 4 months ago +1

      Bruh he uses Folgers

  • Todd Steif
    Todd Steif 2 months ago +3

    Very interesting video. As a "Yank", I grew up with Mr Coffee makers. I'm very cultured in my taste when it comes to coffee. At the same time, I work full time in a factory so I'll settle for Essential Everyday brand instant coffee during my lunch break, yet I us a more traditional coffee brewer at home. I got tired of drinking burnt coffee after forgetting to shut off the brewer so I bought one with an insulated carafe. I figured if the insulated carafe is good enough for restaurants, it's good enough for me. Nice job with the vid!

  • Mark Markofkane
    Mark Markofkane 4 months ago +5

    My parent's first Mr. Coffee came with a water pitcher. So you could have the pot in place when pouring in the water. I used to make them coffee because this was like a toy to me. 1972 I believe was our first Mr. Coffee. Also, there were different grinds of coffee: Regular and Drip.

  • Chester Rico
    Chester Rico 2 months ago +4

    I've been using a French press all my life, so this was actually really educational!

  • Oscar Banlon
    Oscar Banlon 3 months ago +6

    Thanks for this video! I had a percolator back in college, and I have pretty much worked out the mechanism for modern drip machines, but it was nice to have you fill in the gaps with how Mr. Coffee worked and evolved to the modern day. You are very thorough in your research and explanations!

  • crlaw75
    crlaw75 3 months ago +39

    I was given a manual drip coffee cone (that takes paper filters) and I love it.
    Cheap way to make coffee at home and saves money on the take out stuff, since you have the big package of bulk coffee grounds.

    • Greego
      Greego 18 days ago

      @marnix kamminga lol my parents always used percolators.

    • Live long and prosper mary
      Live long and prosper mary Month ago +1

      Coffee presses are a good option too for camping (I use a reusable tea bag for the coffee grounds)

    • OrdinaryLatvian
      OrdinaryLatvian 2 months ago +1

      @marnix kamminga They are. They're.

    • Alex Chernikov
      Alex Chernikov 2 months ago +3

      Manual drippers make the best coffee (if you buy good fresh coffee, of course)

    • marnix kamminga
      marnix kamminga 2 months ago +5

      Their great for camping too. No power needed

  • hr suiter
    hr suiter 7 months ago +250

    I am an Old Geezer and I remember the invention of the Mr. Coffee drip coffeemaker. One thing you did not mention is the prevalence of instant coffee during the time before Mr Coffee. Between the years of the late 1950's and the early 1970's in office break rooms, the ubiquitous instant coffee and an electric percolator used to keep hot water warm was the de facto standard. There wasn't any time to use anything else during the week. It is no wonder that people loved perked coffee during the weekend, in spite of it easily scorching if not carefully watched. Even perked was so much better than the instant garbage they usually drank. When Mr. Coffee machines were introduced, coffee lovers saw light from heaven. They could make a pot fast at the office, and it didn't taste like bilgewater. Another thing you did not mention on the later versions is the handy little spring that allows you to take a quick cup even though the coffeemaker is not done.

      VAULT-TEC 2 months ago

      He mentioned that he covered it in his previous video.

    • BILL H.
      BILL H. 3 months ago +2

      I am old enough to have same memories, no matter what they say, instant coffee is the worst 😜.

    • Charles
      Charles 7 months ago

      I missed the coffee urn and coffee mess service vendor that came around every few days to clean the urn and replenish the coffee mess for the office.

    • lucas rem
      lucas rem 7 months ago

      hr suiter
      Melita you like?
      That is not Coffee, some other drink u got used to drink.

    • Korkee Konrad
      Korkee Konrad 7 months ago +10

      My Great Uncle invested in the Mr. Coffee and swore to the 200 degree thing his whole life.
      He was rich as hell and I remember him having a faucet in his house that put out exactly 200 degree water which was amazing in the mid 90s.

  • Tophmidna
    Tophmidna 2 months ago +1

    You're one of those content creators where I'll leave autoplay on by accident and no matter how interested I THINK I am in the topic, I will find myself sitting through the whole thing completed entertained until the next video starts

  • Gawk Thimm
    Gawk Thimm 2 months ago +15

    here in the European Nordics, we are pretty big coffee drinkers too, the vast majority uses drip coffee makers, but mostly with a 'slide-out' filter holder, and the filters are almost always (in my experience) cone shaped... that style of filter you use is mostly associated with larger industrial styles cafeteria coffee makers...

    • Crushonius
      Crushonius 23 days ago +1

      @@joseamadorsilva wrong you are not drinking more volume of coffee
      americans prefer to drink vaguely coffee flavored beverages
      that they for some reason call coffee looking at starcucks and similar .
      but europeans mean actual coffee when we say coffee that is why per capita we consume so much more .
      the amount of coffee we use for a quart americans would brew a gallon of "coffee" with
      not scientific or anything but that is roughly what it tastes like to us .
      it is like drinking coffee flavored water

    • @joseamadorsilva
      @joseamadorsilva Month ago

      @tostimofo I'll give you the win for per capital coffee consumption.. but sheer volume of coffee drunk is still ours.
      From what I've read a lot of Noric people have coffee breaks and the chance to socialize, we have that too but we tend to use coffee as a P.E.D. while working or simply to wake up.
      We'd be more likely to turn coffee into an IV drip simply for the buzz. 🙂.

    • tostimofo
      tostimofo Month ago +1

      @@joseamadorsilva You really don't. Not compared to the Nordics and the Netherlands anyway... In terms of kg of coffee per capita, Americans consume roughly half as much coffee as Nordics.

    • Gawk Thimm
      Gawk Thimm Month ago +1

      @@joseamadorsilva well, we here in the nordics do too, but only on a pr-capita basis, we just put over another pot when we want more

    • @joseamadorsilva
      @joseamadorsilva Month ago +2

      Lol. Love this comment. In america we drink coffee on an industrial scale, even at home! 🤣

  • Bradley Payne
    Bradley Payne 5 months ago +3

    I am astounded at how thoughtful this video is. I would never have guessed at the level of engineering involved in brewing coffee.

  • Codyyster
    Codyyster 2 months ago

    I love coffee videos! And the amount of detail and research you put in for every video is staggering. If you make anymore coffee related videos I want to watch.

  • Marshall Davis
    Marshall Davis 5 months ago +2

    Since I got my electric kettle, I DO use it for tea nearly daily (wife is allergic to coffee, so drinks yerba mate), but I do use a drip coffee maker (since my son broke my French press). I also use it for a start to grits, rice, oatmeal, pasta, etc.

  • Andrew Joy
    Andrew Joy 7 months ago +474

    That bi-metal strip to control the water inlet is just genius. I love how limitations bring innovation.

    • McMegahertz
      McMegahertz 7 months ago

      @quetsch Hell, they were even used in cars thermal turn signal flashers/blinkers up until the 80s.

    • lucas rem
      lucas rem 7 months ago

      80 celcius you do? on a bi metal?
      how old is that machine, 1950 drinks you need?

    • bundo13
      bundo13 7 months ago +1

      The really fun thing is that it comes back around! MEMS devices are things like this, just implemented in nano-tech. I don't know specifically that they've shrunk the bi-metal type mechanism, but I wouldn't be surprised!

    • RedCorsairr
      RedCorsairr 7 months ago

      Bi-metal strip sounds like a metalhead club.

    • zachary carlson
      zachary carlson 7 months ago

      @quetsch with sole exception of toasters, Bi metallic strips are still used in hairdryers and reset-able fuses consistently, in fact technically a reset-able fuse is what is in a hair dryer, and its purely for when something isnt right, say the air flow is being blocked because the filter is clogged, otherwise a hair dryer pretty much is a full blast machine, just running the heating element flat out and using the air flow to keep it from glowing to bright (learned that the hard way when my hair dryer had a tendency of turning bright orange inside then blowing cool air out for a minute afterwards)

  • Operator119
    Operator119 2 months ago

    I’ve been watching your show for a while and I just have to commend you at how well done they always are. Super intriguing as always and a a coffee enthusiast (not so much drip as other brewing methods) I found these simple yet brilliant feats of engineering were awesome.

  • Oh
    Oh 3 months ago +19

    I honestly go for a pour over because I don’t drink enough coffee at once to justify a drip machine. It makes more sense for me to just brew one cup when I want it

    • Jonjacobjingleheimerschmidt 2ed
      Jonjacobjingleheimerschmidt 2ed 2 months ago +1

      @juggernaut316 I have a few of them....I use it for hot water for coco
      As much as for coffee in the shop..
      Comes with its own mesh basket so no other filters required

    • juggernaut316
      juggernaut316 3 months ago

      There are small drip brewers that will do one cup

    • Oh
      Oh 3 months ago

      @Devyn Cairns I’ve definitely had it on my wishlist for a while but other stuff has seemed to come first.

    • Devyn Cairns
      Devyn Cairns 3 months ago

      @Oh honestly it's pretty impressive how well it works considering how simple it is, but you get a good clean cup and it gives you pretty good control without having to guess so much about your grind

    • Ospritely
      Ospritely 3 months ago +2

      @Devyn Cairns Yeah same, as I'm usually just making one cup my aeropress is so much simpler than the proper drip brewer, and I can adjust the variables (temp/brew time) way easier to my taste.

  • Marty
    Marty 2 months ago

    I love this channel and the content you create. It's always interesting and well presented.

  • Beckie
    Beckie 3 months ago +37

    I really hope you do one on how Keurig or single cup coffee work. I personally don't drink coffee and my husband only has one cup a day so we have a Keurig. But I do wonder how it works in comparison to the ones you discussed today. Thanks for your informative videos!!!

    • Live long and prosper mary
      Live long and prosper mary Month ago +1

      @Steve Person my first keurig experience was 10 yrs ago at a much older boyfriends house. He was 32. I was college age. He owned it before I moved in. Yet you say college students are to blame

    • Steve Person
      Steve Person Month ago

      Not much different save for the fact that the plastic cups account for such a large account of garbage dumps/landfills quantities. Found the info several years back. Around the same time i started making home made pasta.
      K-Cups are not biodegradable or recyclable and can take up to 500 years to decompose. Each year 10 billion K-Cups are manufactured, which is associated with billions of cups being left in landfills due to the lack of accessibility for decomposition. Yet, college students continue to purchase this harmful product.

    • Oliver Jazz
      Oliver Jazz 2 months ago +4

      Aeropress, an electric kettle and freshly ground beans, recommended!

  • Andrew Baker
    Andrew Baker 5 months ago +1

    Never thought I’d watch a half an hour video about drip coffee makers but I did and I loved it! Here in Australia, drip coffee makes aren’t that popular. If you go to any appliance store, they might have one or two models for sale. Espresso machines (future video idea) are far more common place. There are countless models available in most stores that sell appliances. If an Aussie family doesn’t have an espresso machine, there’s a sure chance they do have an electric kettle because tea and instant coffee are also popular here.

  • Dwi Randy Pradhika
    Dwi Randy Pradhika 7 months ago +322

    I'm dreaming of a collab of you and James Hoffmann, a man of coffee makers, electric kettles, scientific method, and good old british sass.

    • Josias Lourenço
      Josias Lourenço 7 months ago

      12:14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
      3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
      3:16 'For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
      3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
      3:19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

    • tyteen4a03
      tyteen4a03 7 months ago

      Oh god yes please, would be 100% entertaining content.

    • Michael Vilain
      Michael Vilain 7 months ago +1

      The America's Test Kitchen video with Dan and James Hoffmann did demystify a lot about what to expect with brewing tech etc. However, Dan's take on tea brewing was just wrong, at least for me.

    • Carla Sanchez
      Carla Sanchez 7 months ago

      i would looooooooooove that omg

    • punkdigerati
      punkdigerati 7 months ago +7

      I think James would have a characteristic disappointed facial expression at Alec's take on coffee.

  • N N
    N N 7 days ago

    Man I just watched nearly 40 minute video about a Mr. Coffee machine and I don't even drink coffee. Something about how this guy presents things just draws me in for a relaxed ride.

  • Luke Palmer
    Luke Palmer 4 months ago +1

    An idea for an episode for you: Freezer ice makers. I just took one apart and they are a purely mechanical, ingenious piece of engineering (a lot like drip coffee makers).
    Thanks for the great videos.

  • Dan Russell
    Dan Russell 5 months ago +2

    I underestimated how interesting this video would be at first. Awesome video and I love your technical engineering breakdowns

  • Derek Young
    Derek Young 3 months ago +25

    I remember waking up one morning to make a nice cup of coffee from my kettle and French press only to smell a horrible smell coming from my French press. Turned out the smell was coming from instant coffee my mother put into it Earlier. I Instantly lost my appetite and thirst that morning. I really don’t know how people stomach that stuff

    • Malapert Fourohfour
      Malapert Fourohfour 2 months ago +1

      @Jere Lull if you have to add milk, its already that bad

    • Jere Lull
      Jere Lull 3 months ago

      Instant isn't too bad if you add milk. Then you really can't taste the brown stuff they call coffee. Drip coffee, I add a little sugar because I'm not THAT dedicated to coffee.

    • Aidan Warren
      Aidan Warren 3 months ago +16

      Why on earth would she make instant coffee in a French press? You make instant coffee in the mug you drink it from!

  • Richard G
    Richard G 5 months ago +2

    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.

  • MowLawner
    MowLawner 7 months ago +476

    Drip coffee machines are the dishwashers of coffee makers. They're consistent, reliable, and effective AS LONG AS YOU USE THEM PROPERLY. If you weigh your coffee and use the same mass of coffee each time, the other variables will make a much bigger difference (bean freshness, how recent the beans were ground, whether you're using an insulated carafe). Plus, guess what I'm not doing while my drip machine is making coffee! Yep, you guessed it! Making coffee!
    Great vid, Alec.

    • blokbirb
      blokbirb 7 months ago

      I'm confused. Aren't drip coffee makers those machines where you put in a paper filter cone? If so, then it's what we use in Germany as well. I think everyone who drinks coffee regularly has a machine like this esp. since they're the easiest cleaning wise.

    • Liam
      Liam 7 months ago

      most important thing is to shut then off as soon as they are out of water.

    • MowLawner
      MowLawner 7 months ago

      @Digital Dan interesting. I’m kinda used to weighing all my food so I’m not particularly inconvenienced by measuring the mass of my coffee, but I can see how some people could find it inconvenient.

    • Digital Dan
      Digital Dan 7 months ago +2

      @MowLawner That immediately destroys value #1 for these things: convenience. I settled on a constant number of heaping somethings, and put up with variations when I change beans.

    • micko11154
      micko11154 7 months ago

      They are fine if you like garbage quality coffee! Espresso quality only for if you like GOOD coffee!

  • Casey St-Amand
    Casey St-Amand 2 months ago

    actually better explanations than anything ever produced for TV, very interesting!

  • SwordLily
    SwordLily 3 months ago +1

    I love my kettle and I love my drip coffee maker. My bf's parents have turned him into a bit of a coffee snob (often will not drink drip coffee) and yet his parent's only brewer is a pour over. I hardly see the difference but it definitely is a pain to boil the water (they also only have a stovetop teakettle). I love a fast coffee because I often drink coffee when I have a migraine and I think it tastes good; also despite liking french press coffee it is not often a great idea for my particular intestines.
    Interestingly enough, in my kitchen is also a box of imported instant coffee from Canada. It is pretty decent and extremely convenient. I could make it blindfolded, which is nearly the state I am usually in when I do make it.
    That Mr. Coffee carafe is so cute! I feel a sudden urge to buy 70s kitchenware. Nothing like the Mr. Coffee that sat on our counter when I was a kid. We also had a percolator because my mom was born in the 60s and liked it; and it was the first way I learned to make coffee, likely because the Mr. Coffee was broken, or my mom wasn't in the mood to drain a whole pot.

  • Arsen Vokrug
    Arsen Vokrug 5 months ago

    This was brilliant - thank you! I wonder if the original design was ever seen in UK or Europe. I don’t remember anything like it, but I do remember electric percolators, leading straight to the modern drip design. Coffee snobs use the real stuff, but the UK does tolerate (or even enjoy) instant, better than most!

  • Joe Abbey
    Joe Abbey 3 months ago

    I actually have a drip coffee maker. I stopped drinking coffee regularly years ago but it is good for the occasional cup when I need it or I have relatives over. It also is like 10 years old and still works great.

  • YogalandaWellness Yolanda Tietgen

    I watched this preparing my morning coffee - while also using an electric kettle to make my nighttime tea! - now so content to know how this thing I’ve used every day for 25 years works. Thank you!

  • Lee Blake
    Lee Blake 7 months ago +374

    The best thing about your videos is that they fly by. Most other videos that are this long tend to drag on, but yours seem so much shorter than their actual length. This is because you're so engaging and entertaining all while educating! Love your work, sir!

    • Nathan Brisebois
      Nathan Brisebois 7 months ago +2

      I have burned so many minutes watching these videos, and I do not want any of those minutes back. Time well spent

    • Muhilan
      Muhilan 7 months ago +1

      he has no fluff!

    • Al Davis
      Al Davis 7 months ago +2

      I agree. His videos may be long by Clip-Share standards but he still manages to leave me wanting more.

    • lucas rem
      lucas rem 7 months ago

      Way too long!
      he needs to tell the basics first, 20 sec 20 ml golden rules!
      then tell how crappy US people drink coffee! Mr Coffee and other crap is not they way!
      5 minutes max, the bi metal machine, 5 for the Italian machines! that was enough.

    • snorman1911
      snorman1911 7 months ago +3

      It's because it's all interesting information delivered on a great way, while other channels pad their content with crap, repeat themselves, and take forever to get to the point to reach a certain video length.

  • Ryan Gill
    Ryan Gill 4 months ago

    Love this video. I just dropped around $80 on a new coffee maker, primarily because it features a shower head-style water dripper thingy and because it has a low setting on the heating plate. I was not interested in spending the additional $50 to get the unit with a thermal carafe. However, now I am I considering returning it and just getting a $25 or $30 unit. I am fairly certain using a burr grinder (which I also just ordered) will have more of an impact on my coffee than the showerhead-syle water dispenser. And I could use that money to invest in a good thermal stand alone carafe.

  • Ron Maur'er
    Ron Maur'er Month ago

    This was a great video on coffee makers. I watched your video on the electric kettle over a year ago and It got me to dig mine out of the basement and I have used it daily ever since. I switched over to a French Press a few years ago but was heating my water in a small sauce pan on my gas stove. The Hot Pot seemed like another pointless appliance till I was properly educated on the benefits of using one. Prior to the French Press I did use a 4 cup Mr Coffee. I enjoyed learning about the history of it. Thanks as always for the informative videos. As a coffee snob (I roast my own beans at home now) I'll be watching your Percolator video next.

  • Steve Person
    Steve Person Month ago +2

    You are of the few people I can watch, and actually understand whats being said, without feeling the dastardly impulse to correct whats being stated semantically. Thank goodness for vocabulary and intelligence. You have restored my faith in humanity!

    • J.J. Shank
      J.J. Shank 5 days ago

      I'm sorry you feel that way about most of your fellow English-speakers.

  • Misty Quadrucci
    Misty Quadrucci 3 months ago +2

    I've settled on French press and electric kettle and filtered water; cleanup is simple with an appropriately sized wire mesh strainer and swirling tap water in the carafe and pouring through the strainer and setting it aside to drain and then tapping it into the garbage - I'd love to know your assessment of SIPHON contraptions!

  • Tony Feuerhelm
    Tony Feuerhelm 5 months ago

    I think it was Sears back in the beginning of drip coffee makers coming out with a under cabinet model. Just in time for Christmas they sold like hotcakes. After Christmas houses started catching on fire (starting in the kitchen) from coast to coast. Recalled the coffee makers with the bad off switch and paid for a few houses.

  • G0thique
    G0thique 7 months ago +266

    I always love how your videos are a mix of How It's Made, BBC, TED talk, and elecronic dissection videos. It's really refreshing and informative at the same time. I never get tired of listening to your voice or listening to all the things you decide to talk about or explain to us. So many things I never knew I wanted/needed to learn about!

    • Matthew Gies
      Matthew Gies 7 months ago

      @coolbluelights According to Snopes, a use of "Joe" meaning "coffee" is dated to 1931, well before Mr. DiMaggio was selling appliances.

    • coolbluelights
      coolbluelights 7 months ago

      @MonoLego I just asked my mom, she said yeah. I never knew that either.

    • MonoLego
      MonoLego 7 months ago +1

      Asking as a non American, do you guys have the decade or so of Joe DiMaggio product endorsements to thank for your expression 'a cup of Joe'?

    • coolbluelights
      coolbluelights 7 months ago +1

      plus a little bit of Project Farm

    • Brent Reynolds
      Brent Reynolds 7 months ago +1

      Plus, the awesome theme song!

  • RichardinNC1
    RichardinNC1 2 months ago

    Interesting stuff. My parents were huge coffee drinkers (all day long every day) and had drip brewers for decades, probably starting with a Mr Coffee but going through plenty of other brands, probably averaging 5 years each given the heavy all day use. Myself, I was happy with a 4 cup machine, making the 20oz for a travel mug to take to work. Suffering through the industrial strength Bunn unit coffee at work. A Keurig was a gift but I enjoy its convenience. I now grind my own beans (for better taste and less waste) but still use a Keurig for the 1 or 2 cups per day.

  • Fred 88
    Fred 88 Month ago +1

    I start every day with the exact instant coffee you showed! But I guess I enjoy as much everything that is or looks like coffee 😂

  • Demonic Sweaters
    Demonic Sweaters 6 months ago

    My mom had one of those beige and white Mr. Coffees when I was a kid, and I remember just loving the look and sound of that thing when it brewed. I wish they made them like that now. I currently own a Ninja, which is pretty sweet.

  • Elizabeth Johnson-Kueny

    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!"

  • Cole Stock
    Cole Stock 2 months ago

    I’ve never brewed a bad cup out of a drip maker (mostly because i’m good at timing and never leave it on the hot plate) but i’ll never EVER turn a coffee down from a French press. Me being lazy i tend to go to drip maker since its so easy and convenient. Happy brews everyone (wtf lol)

  • Sarah Watts
    Sarah Watts 7 months ago +256

    A collab with James Hoffman could be really fun for this water/coffee series! (Plus he could do a video to see if he can figure out the difference in taste between machines)

    • Frank
      Frank 7 months ago

      @uvbeenzaned his closing is full on James Hoffman! He knows about it and decided not to get another hobby, same for me.

    • uvbeenzaned
      uvbeenzaned 7 months ago

      He would learn so much about coffee with a collab with Hoffman.

    • Frank
      Frank 7 months ago +4

      The closing remark of this video was full on James Hoffman

    • Florian Sauter
      Florian Sauter 7 months ago +1

      We'd probably get some great facial reactions out of it too

    • TheBilgepumper
      TheBilgepumper 7 months ago +3

      @James Helferty Eh. He's done some reviews of drip machines, including very cheap ones like this. He doesn't prefer them, but I wouldn't describe his reaction as "horror," especially when he's using his own choice of coffee and grind. Now, when he reviews sealed bags of coffee that have been in someone's attic for decades..... See also, his reviews of "coffee flavored" food and drink for some choice reactions.

  • TimeToCheckReality
    TimeToCheckReality 3 months ago +16

    Time for one on the Keurig type machine and its differences. A new variation on drip that simplifies the process even further unless you want to grind your own (you can get reusable pods for that).
    In the original electric kettle tests, did you compare the speed to a microwave? Not to boiling but hot enough to brew tea or coffee for a separate filter or French press?

    • messageobliquespe100
      messageobliquespe100 2 months ago

      Maybe a few too many variables to consider but you could easily do it yourself re the microwave/tea question 🤔
      Variables are:- microwave power level you have available to you
      (Microwave will specifications eg 900W 1200W etc)
      Can measure power consumption if you have a plug in energy meter to see what the microwave consumes for the amount of water you choose
      The temperature for brewing tea - what have you read - 80 degrees 🤔
      The temperature of the water pre microwaving - temp can be as low as say 5 degrees to say 20 degrees if at room temperature
      Remember! Fresh water is of importance in making tea - so that should be after turning tap on for an amount of time you believe the water is as ‘fresh’ as you can get - it’s about oxygenation
      It’s all about your own personal taste - so brewing time is a matter for yourself too
      Happy experimenting
      Hope that helps!
      I commented on other video - as my stove kettle left on too long - I been using a covered saucepan - so I can heat water to my chosen temperature - I put in tea bag into the cold water - heat to desired temperature - 80/85 degrees - allow it to brew - then pour from the pan. I’m lazy but it’s quicker & under my control - tastes absolutely fine.
      I use approx 1.5cups /water per tea bag - and add more water for second after pouring the first.
      1 cup of tea never enough!

  • Lennert Bakker
    Lennert Bakker 3 months ago

    Keep up the good work! I really enjoy your video's.
    In the Netherlands we have a different basket. It's kind of a pyramid with the top cut off. The coffee saver is built in the basket, that way. And a lot of the good coffee drip thingy's use a thermos instead of the glass/hotplate combination.

  • Owlytsr
    Owlytsr 2 months ago

    Have you ever tried the "italian" coffee makers? I don't think it's their real name but it'q how we call 'em here. It's basically a percolator but it doesn't drip the caffeinated water back into the "fresh" one. Would love to get your opinion on those!

  • Hunter S
    Hunter S 4 months ago

    I agree, that 70s machine was surprisingly different and complex compared to the modern standard. Optimizing for profit always pushes out really interesting standards, even if they aren't inherently efficient. And, I also agree with the flavor to effort ratio - as long as the coffee is not being burnt or under-brewed, i'd rather invest my effort in trying new varieties and additives than actually altering the process I have to do every day at 7 am (or god forbid earlier).
    Now excuse me while I go research why K-Cup coffee taste so much worse, if it takes this little effort to make what I consider not just acceptable, but good...

  • Christopher Crooks
    Christopher Crooks 4 months ago

    I love the convenience of drip, and I love the flavor of espresso. So I have a machine that does both, but when I’m rushing to get coffee into my wife’s hands in the morning the drip wins every time. 😂 I make espresso when I have time. Although I steam the milk with the built in frother even for drip coffee since it makes it latte-ish.
    Coffee USUALLY (I stress this because brands like ravens brew sell at premium price but has always been extremely disappointing) scales in quality with the price and you do get what you pay for. I buy expensive locally roasted coffee but my god it’s so fresh it’s actually hard to make a bad pot under any circumstances.
    Coffee for me is this weird combination of luxury and necessity - I’ll happily drink mediocre coffee if I have access to nothing else, but that elite cup of coffee is just the most delightful breakfast I could ever ask for. (Usually I just have coffee with milk for breakfast, without eating anything.) Worth the money but I’m so lucky I can afford it 🙏

  • Shellman
    Shellman 7 months ago +226

    The Engineer Guy is one of the earliest facts-based educational channels I found. I still watch his various clips, especially the marvelous aluminium can episode :)

    • Random Videos
      Random Videos 8 days ago

      He's back 😁

    • Tom Sko
      Tom Sko 7 months ago

      I miss him too. He published a book and talked about his new kid in one of his last videos. I wish him the best.

    • Edwin Salisbury
      Edwin Salisbury 7 months ago

      @ThePoohat or an English town

    • ThePoohat
      ThePoohat 7 months ago

      @Edwin Salisbury bro you're named after a TV dinner.

    • Edwin Salisbury
      Edwin Salisbury 7 months ago

      @ThePoohat oh look a troll

  • Søren Hansen
    Søren Hansen 2 months ago +1

    As the fourth most coffee drinking country in the world (Denmark) I love my drip coffee made on the best coffee maker in the world, the Mocca Master from Holland. It even has a special funnel in the pot so the coffee don't taste bitter left on the heating plate. Oh by the way.... ALL Danish households has a electric kettle as well 😉
    Thanks for always interesting videos 👍

  • Brusselpicker
    Brusselpicker Month ago

    There is a rare half decent instant coffee you can use for emergencies but, proper coffee made from beans is on another level. I'm from the UK and was making my own coffee in the 80s using a percolator, then onto a filter machine, then a French press, now I have a bean to cup machine that I spent lots on but I love.
    It took into the early 2010s until you could get a decent coffee from a "mom and pop" cafe instead of a big chain.

  • rberg
    rberg 2 months ago

    I had a percolator in my college dorm room. I almost never used it for coffee. I used it as a electric kettle for hot water and also would make soup in it since it was the perfect size to cook a can of it if you took the center out.

  • masteradvance
    masteradvance 4 months ago

    Hey here from Costa Rica, a country made from coffee haha, we normally use a percolator when we need to serve big quantities of people. But you probably will find like 20 coffee makers every 100mts (328ft) and I always wondered how the water went up from the reservoir! So simple yet so ingenious!

  • Cynthia Bauer
    Cynthia Bauer 3 months ago

    I didn't know this machine had to be defended, it's so ubiquitous. I'm not a coffee expert but these machines seem fine for so many people. I'm reminded of the meme "before and after you discover the subreddit for a hobby"

  • dgpx84
    dgpx84 7 months ago +130

    With respect sir, you HAVEN'T gone on enough. Please keep doing what you do. Watching one of your videos is always the highlight of my week/month/whatever. I absolutely loved that this one was 36 solid minutes of details and explanations. It's exactly what I'm here for. So glad I'm a patron too! I hope you love making this stuff as much as I love watching it.

  • Cod310
    Cod310 4 months ago

    This was an interesting video. We in australia have kettles, but due to being a nation of coffee snobbs we have a lot of availability of barista style machines and coffee makers of simpler designs, which one you use depends on your preference and what your needs are. Though there is a note that the USA seems to love being different and confusing, coffee machine is simple and fine, but measurements, electrical outlets and switches, etc just seem less efficient and a little confusing. Though the way we do things here using celsius and the metric system, with switches on our outlets and seperate light switches is probably convoluted and confusing for people used to the imperial system and the USAs arrangements. Doesnt change the fact that these videos are very interesting and give excelent insight to the way everything works and is done over there even if they seem confusing given that im used to a very different system. Like 5 fluid ounces makes no sence to me, though 250 mililitres or something like one cup probably is the same for you guys

    MYHEARTISINJAPAN❤️ 3 months ago +25

    I absolutely LOVE my little black 4 cup Mr. Coffee. The sound of the coffee brewing, the taste of the coffee, etc. Love it. I use McCafe because that is my favorite. For me, it’s the perfect cup of coffee. I do use bottled spring water btw.

    • dstl4
      dstl4 2 months ago

      The little 4 cup Mr. Coffee does indeed make fantastic coffee! I don't know why it tastes different versus brewing 4 cups in an 8 or 10 cup machine, but it just does.

    • Stacy_SJ&A
      Stacy_SJ&A 2 months ago

      Me too! It’s so fast and reliable! I even like it when he gets dark from sitting out all day. I don’t discriminate

  • Coinfindr's hobbies
    Coinfindr's hobbies 6 months ago +1

    atleast here in sweden the cone style filters are the most common one, and i have tested coffee between different dripstyle coffee brewers and there is a difference, the one i have taken a liking to the most is the Moccamaster brand but then it also depends on what kind of water you have and the minerals in it and also who makes the coffee, like not flushing the karaff out completely before adding more water making the water look dirty and the coffee taste more burnt (yuck), but i much perfer coffee out of a drip style than a percolator that have that searing hot burnt coffee...

  • George Mammarella
    George Mammarella 4 months ago

    Haven't finished yet but - did you consider messing with the screw on the old Mr. Coffee to see if you could get the strip to behave differently and brew more consistently at 200?

  • Bmo
    Bmo 5 months ago

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

  • Matt Morgan
    Matt Morgan 7 months ago +140

    As a non-American who has only seen these things in movies, you have no idea how grateful I am that this video exists! Thank you for thoroughly sating my curiosity. :)

    • Jack Coe
      Jack Coe 7 months ago

      @Xyon 21 lol true, though I will say that coffee snobs are not localised to Melbourne. I'm in Brissie and....yeah...

    • Xyon 21
      Xyon 21 7 months ago

      @Jack Coe In my experience Australia is split almost perfectly into equal thirds. The Melbourne Coffee snobs, the "nothing wrong with instant" folks, and the energy-drink junkies.

    • amcaff
      amcaff 7 months ago

      @Chris Brian Jeremiah Olsen those auto-grind auto-drips also exist in the US, and probably quite common among those who care about their coffee, but I wouldn't say they're the default option. Not as sure about the pressurization, but at that point it's not really drip and so isn't as comparable.

    • Alexandre Limberger
      Alexandre Limberger 7 months ago +1

      Extremely common in Brazil too. There's no office without one.

    • Madcoda
      Madcoda 7 months ago

      Here growing up, I only see these in hotel rooms and mcdonald's (the larger ones of course). Nowadays people mostly use capsule machines at home, or pour over if they were hipsters like me ;)

  • Jovis
    Jovis Month ago

    In our household we mostly drink instant coffee and it is really good (in my opinion) however it is only the 1 brand that I enjoy, because I don't like other ones.
    We also have an old espresso machine we sometimes use, it's fine, but I even prefer the instant, less clean-up and gives me less jitters.

  • Erin Hawkins
    Erin Hawkins 2 months ago

    I've tried an Aeropress and it IS really quite good, but the filters are a pain and you can't just run to the store and grab some when you run out. And once there were three of us in the house drinking coffee instead of just one, we definitely needed a big coffee maker.

  • pacificnorthwestgothic
    pacificnorthwestgothic 4 months ago

    these videos really prompt me to stop and appreciate the design of everyday things around me :)

  • Chloe Hennessey
    Chloe Hennessey 6 days ago

    I wasn’t really a coffee drinker until the last year or two. My dad started getting this stuff from a company called Black Rifle. It’s called “silencer smooth”.
    And it’s basically the only coffee I like to drink. Other than that it’s Victorian Fog in the grayish green tin.

  • Buzzbot
    Buzzbot 4 months ago

    This is the first video I have watched of yours and was so engaged by it that I subscribed. Great simple explanation on old/new coffee makers. Mind blown!

    • Dash Escrofani
      Dash Escrofani 4 days ago

      Welcome to a wonderful channel. There are many such great videos that he has made and they are all a delight to watch.

  • Attila V.
    Attila V. 7 months ago +187

    I have to say, I always find your “documentaries” fascinating and have learned more from you than many other Clip-Sharers. Topics seemingly boring and mundane come to life. And the funny thing is it’s not even done with fancy video effects and production tricks. A dude in a chair talking about shtuff. Keep up the good work!

    • simon4043
      simon4043 7 months ago

      @Evan Thieme Why? Death from hypothermia?

    • 5Andysalive
      5Andysalive 7 months ago

      He has this cool lava lamp effect in the background though....

    • Evan Thieme
      Evan Thieme 7 months ago +3

      I constantly think about how terrible indoor ac units are. He has placed information in my brain that I will take to the grave

    • cpg100
      cpg100 7 months ago +10

      This is probably the reason I keep coming back to his videos. You put it very clearly. Dude is a master of subtle jokes.

  • Eddie Little II
    Eddie Little II 5 months ago

    Very enjoyable, and educational to watch. Thank you.

  • Bok
    Bok 4 months ago

    Looks like us Canadians are living the next level with both Drip coffee makers and electric kettles. Also I've always found filter brewing the easiest thing to do if you don't have the right equipment.

  • SeikiBrian
    SeikiBrian Month ago +1

    The biggest suggestion I can give for cheap coffee makers is to pour the coffee out of the carafe and into a Thermos. That'll keep the coffee warm for quite a while without the need to microwave it. Better coffee makers come with insulated thermal carafes that use the same principle.

  • Tobi Wan Kenobi
    Tobi Wan Kenobi 4 months ago

    I've formed a habit of collecting retro and/or classic coffee makers from my local antique and thrift shops. The one on my kitchen counter for the last 5 years is a 1983 Proctor-Silex. Flip the switch and it makes coffee. Reliability unmatched!

  • mipmipmipmipmip
    mipmipmipmipmip 3 months ago

    There are pour-over coffee makers that are basically a water kettle on top of a coffee filter. Because it releases the hot water quickly instead of dripping there should be a decreased chance for the coffee to taste bitter (I guess).

  • jbomb
    jbomb 7 months ago +81

    never thought I'd hit a point in my life where I'm excitedly clicking on a half hour long video about drip coffee makers but here I am.

    • jbomb
      jbomb 7 months ago +1

      @Josias Lourenço Jesus is mid af

    • Josias Lourenço
      Josias Lourenço 7 months ago

      12:14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
      3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
      3:16 'For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
      3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
      3:19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

    • WartimeFriction
      WartimeFriction 7 months ago

      You and me both brother

    • Alex Kidd
      Alex Kidd 7 months ago

      I've always liked documentaries even since I was a teen. Learn stuff. 👍

    • yo nigle
      yo nigle 7 months ago +1

      let go of expectation and life unfolds itself

  • Derek Brush
    Derek Brush 2 months ago

    I brew my coffee in almost exactly the same way as you, but let me make a suggestion - try using a conical burr grinder that runs timed cycles. It delivers exactly the right amount of grinds every time without measuring a damned thing.

  • morphman86
    morphman86 4 months ago

    Aerated coffee grounds is a big problem. Your coffee will taste very different on Day 3, like explained in this video.
    I got around this by going to the local "tobacco accessory" store (you know which one that is) and purchasing a vacuum-sealed jar with a nice print on it (you know what that's for) to store my coffee in after opening a new pack.
    It will taste slightly different by Day 3, but not nearly as "flat" as if the bag was open to the elements.

  • Shay Feral
    Shay Feral 6 months ago

    I went Canada back in the summer to visit with a friend of mine, and his folks use an electric kettle and coffee press to make their coffee; after trying it out I was sold. I bought a kettle and a press, a grand total of $25 CAD and brought them home. I use them every day!

  • Jorgie
    Jorgie 2 months ago

    Your sense of humor is just as keen as your knowledge of appliances! Another banger of a video

  • Robert Lehnert
    Robert Lehnert 5 months ago

    I've had pricier drip makers over the past 40 years, but across the board, they now all pretty much do the same quite good quality coffee. My current one is a $10 Dollar General model that's been running perfectly for 6+ years with no hitch whatsoever.

  • ian long
    ian long 7 months ago +112

    I don't know how you do it, but you consistently get me to watch long form informative videos on topics I care very little about. Your videos are always good for killing 20-30 minutes and increasing the amount of useless knowledge I posses in an unexplainably entertaining way. Keep up the good work telling me more about things I don't care about, but still find fascinating when you present them.

    • Jimmy M
      Jimmy M 7 months ago

      I don't even drink coffee anymore yet I watched this whole video. And even when I did drink coffee, I never made it at home, I only drank it at work.

  • Kodie P
    Kodie P 2 months ago

    I have a induction tea kettle that I adore. It's fast . And brews to a specific temperature. So a exact to 200 when I'm using my hipster pour over come. But I agree with you that a pour over machine does a fine job. When I'm on the road , my little coffe maker saves me time and money compared to the truck stops.

  • Alex from Strohs
    Alex from Strohs 7 days ago

    How about a video on the mehcanics of the vacuum coffee maker? I've heard that the coffee it makes is much better. (I think some people call them siphon type)

  • Mr.Backup993
    Mr.Backup993 6 months ago +5

    man, you absolutely have to make a video on Alfonso Bialetti's moka design! It's an extremely unusual yet very simple and great design for coffee brewing considering it's been a staple of italian coffee since 1933.
    Just a warning though: if you ever get to buy one, i strongly advise you to get the original aluminium one (yes it's weird choice, but it's actually part of the design and it changes the flavour quite a lot imo)

    • Lisa W
      Lisa W 5 months ago

      @Mr.Backup993 oh yes, but sadly good barmen are hard to come by in my area 😥

    • Mr.Backup993
      Mr.Backup993 5 months ago

      @Lisa W now now, a good barman with a good coffee machine can do wonders. :)
      Still, it's absolutely the best when it comes italian-styled coffee at home, especially with all the pros you've mentioned

    • Lisa W
      Lisa W 5 months ago

      Bialetti - best coffee brewing option ever, in my opinion. Easy, saves space, is cheap, makes great coffee. I've gad much worse coffee than what my Bialetti produced in very fancy cafés...