How to Make Coffee in a Coffee Maker-So Easy, So Good

Morning coffee is definitely a must for me and my husband. Our morning just isn’t complete without a great cup of hot coffee. We, just like everyone else in the world, enjoy “coffee shop coffee” and the ambiance of the coffee shop atmosphere, however, many, many mornings I make coffee at home. It saves us time and money and I enjoy making it, too.

Making coffee is one of the first things that I do when I wake up. so, allow me to introduce you to “How to Make Coffee in a Coffee Maker-So Easy, So Good”.

The Coffee Maker

I have a Mr. Coffee coffee maker. I have been using this particular model for a little over a year. It is a Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker.

Features include:

  • Lift & clean filter basket
  • Water window
  • 2-Hour auto shut-off
  • Cleaning cycle
  • Delay brew
  • Freshness timer
  • Strong brew selector
  • Grab-A-Cup auto Pause
  • Reusable filter
  • Water filtration

I have used other Mr. Coffee makers in the past and they have done justice each and every time. If you are careful and conduct proper maintenance on your machines, they actually last a long time. The only reason I have ever replaced my previous coffee makers was simply just to upgrade. Whenever purchasing a coffee maker, it is always wise to read through the manual to become acquainted with your machine and to learn how to care and maintain it for a longer lifespan.

If you do not have a Mr. Coffee coffee maker, that’s fine. Any automatic drip coffee maker will work.

What’s Needed

This is what’s needed to make a great cup of coffee at home.

automatic drip coffee maker

coffee filter

coffee ground


tablespoon for measuring

What to Do


1) Pour in desired amount of water into your coffee maker. Some people will pour and measure their water in the carafe but I will just pour directly into the coffee maker since there are measurements on the side anyway.

TIP: Keep in mind that the amount of brewed coffee is a little less than the amount of water measured. When making 2-16 oz cups, I will fill the coffee maker to just a little over the 6 cup line.


2) Place coffee filter into filter basket.

TIPS: Trim the coffee filter using a pair scissors when needed. Regular sized coffee filters are too big for the filter basket that I have. IF you don’t get a chance to replace your filter basket, just place the regular sized coffee filter into the coffee basket. 


3) Add your favorite ground coffee into the coffee filter.

TIP: Follow the measurement given on your ground coffee packaging then adjust according to your preferred strength. We like strong coffee. So when making 2-16 oz cups, I will use 3 heaping tablespoons of ground coffee.


4) If your coffee machine has an extra filtering system, place the extra filter on top of the filter basket now.

TIP: If you run out of filters for this system, it’s OK to do without it.

5) Closeup the coffee maker.   

6) Press the power button to turn on. (There is also a “strong brew” and “fresh brew timer” which I also switch on)


TIP: If you are really pressed for time in the morning, use the timer feature. It’s quite easy to set up.

7) Enjoy the delightful sound and delicious smell of your coffee while you wait for it to finish brewing.

TIP: If you just can’t resist and wait until the pot is completely done, you can pull out the carafe in the middle of brewing to pour a cup.


8) Pour yourself a cup or two, sip slowly and simply enjoy your day.



There It Is

There it is….”How to Make Coffee in a Coffee Maker-So Easy, So Good”.

If you have any other wonderful tips that you use to make coffee in a coffee maker, please share them. I would love to hear them and I’m sure everyone else would too.

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16 Replies to “How to Make Coffee in a Coffee Maker-So Easy, So Good”

  1. Hey,

    What a great post. I drink a lot of coffee, but at home I just use instant coffee. I need to invest in a coffee maker to improve the coffee I drink.

    I’ll have a deeper look into this coffee maker and maybe invest in it.

    Thanks for sharing, and I love your website.


    1. I used to be an instant coffee drinker many, many years ago. It was okay but the coffee maker is so much better! There’s just something about the sound and smell of the coffee while it’s brewing. It makes my day every day!

      A coffee maker is a wonderful investment. Take proper care of it and it will take proper care of you.

      Thanks for stopping by my site!!!

  2. Mr. Coffee has always been a great brand in coffee makers. This is definitely a money saver compared to a daily stop at Starbucks.

    We have hard water where we live, so to keep my coffee maker running well, occasionally I’ll run a carafe full of water through with a cup of vinegar added to it. Run a full carafe of straight water through after to get out any vinegar taste. This keeps the hard water from clogging up the machine, and helps you get the most use out of your coffee maker.

    1. I’m so glad you brought up the idea of cleaning the coffee maker with vinegar! Yes, I do that as well. As you can probably tell from my pics that we also have hard water where I am from. Regular maintenance on the coffee maker is very, very important to making your machine last long. Plus, it makes the coffee taste better when everything is fresh and clean.

      THANK YOU for checking out my post!

  3. Ah! Love that first cuppa.

    Thanks for your helpful hints on the coffee maker. Especially cutting the filters to fit. It always bothers me that the stick out the sides. 

    We often ad a bit of cinnamon to our first morning cup. Apparently it stabilizes your blood sugar, and it gives the coffee the most delightful aroma. 

    Enjoy your coffee brewing! 


    1. Hahaha…I felt the same way about the coffee filters! Glad to help you out.

      Going to try out the cinnamon idea…sounds great!

      Thank you so much, Sam!

  4. Hi Geri,

    I don’t drink coffee but my son does. At the moment he always have to drink instant coffee and is nagging me to buy a real coffee machine to be able to drink a “normal” cup of coffee. This article helped me a lot about deciding which one to buy.


    1. That’s great to hear! A coffee maker is a wonderful investment for any and all coffee drinkers. Amazon has some great ones…be sure to check out my links, as well. Your son will love it!

      Thanks so much for checking out my post!

  5. Hi Geri, what a nice step-by-step instruction on how to use a coffee maker and you are right in reminding us to UPGRADE our coffee makers. Mine is so rudimentary that it makes me lose time during my busy early mornings! You have convinced me about getting a nice Mr. Coffee! 🙂 Thank you for your article and have a great day, Paula 🙂

  6. Great post Geri! Simple and straight to the point, your steps are pretty much my exact routine as well. Have you ever had coffee from a French Press? I’ve been looking into getting one. I hear they are a little more work to do, but that the flavor is worthwhile. Have a great day!

    1. I have heard and seen the French Press but I have not tried it just yet. If you do, let me know how it works for you. And if I do, I’ll be sure to write a post about it.

      Making coffee is so simple and such a joy for every coffee drinker’s morning.

      Thank you for checking out my site and have an outstanding day!

  7. I love my coffee and I would probably buy a good cup of coffee at least twice per day. That actually adds up to over $20 per week. If you take that over a year that’s over $1,000. It makes sense to purchase something like the Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker at only $35.29. Even if you didn’t use it every day it’s more economical and at least you can have a decent cup of coffee at home. Thanks for sharing.

    1. YES!!! My husband and I used to do lattes every morning and we love those too and enjoy lattes occasionally BUT there’s just something special about brewing some coffee for yourself at home. It’s probably that we do save a lot by doing it.

      Thank you so much for checking out my site!

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