Coffee Experiment: Auto Drip vs. Manual Drip Coffee – Which is Better?

Auto vs. Manual Drip

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With the coffee renaissance that is currently taking place across the country, it’s not surprising that more and more people are beginning to care more about coffee’s taste than its convenience.

What do I mean by this?

Well, in the past most of us would default to Starbucks or Keurig because of how quickly we could get a cup of coffee. In fact, it’s still very much the present.

Still, more and more people are getting their coffee fixes from slower methods, such as the manual drip/pour over.

Why? Simply because coffee that is brewed fresh, one cup at a time tends to be better.

Or does it?

Look, I’ll be the first to admit that I go to the Blue Bottles and Stumptowns over the Starbucks’ and Peets’  of the world. But this doesn’t mean that I’m necessarily convinced that brewing coffee through pour over at home is better than my SCAA certified auto drip coffee makers.

So today I decided to put them in a head to head battle to see which made the better cup of coffee.

Experimental parameters

  • 20 grams of coffee
  • 360 grams of water
  • Pre-soaked filters
  • 1 minute bloom
  • 202˚F water

The experiment

The results

So the auto drip coffee maker actually won this time around. Sure, it’s just one small sample with a very high quality auto drip coffee maker, but this definitely makes me want to use the Brazen Plus more often than the Hario V60.

I plan to run this experiment again in the near future. I’ll make sure to share the results here.

Try this experiment yourself!

If you have a gram scale, an auto drip coffee maker, and a manual drip/pour over coffee maker, you can replicate this experiment. Please share your results in the comments section below.

Tools used in this coffee experiment



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  • There is a big flaw in this: you know which cup is which. Surprised you didn’t include that in your parameters (which are on point). Next time you need to have someone else brew the coffee without you there OR you can brew the coffee into identical cups and then have someone mix up the cups and do a blind taste test that way. I look forward to you doing it again!

    • Totally, Joe. All of my “experiments” should really be taken with a huge grain of salt. Even if I were using a refractometer, it would be far from perfect. Thanks for weighing in though, maybe I’ll repeat the experiment one day with better conditions.

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