Brewing coffee – Technivorm Automated Drip

Coffee Making Techniquesโ€‹

There now appear to be a million and a half ways to brew coffee. French press, Aeropress, Espresso machine, pour over, and many more. The snobby looks at the fancy local coffee shop if you don’t choose to go the dripover route are hilarious.

Automated Drip? Isn’t that the worst way?

For pure convenience I am a big fan of automated drip. Especially in the morning or for large groups. I’ve gone through a number of machines before settling on the Technivorm Moccamaster (Amazon)

The machine in all it’s glory

Ready to load coffee and water

Loaded and ready to start

Whyย Technivorm?

Well it is the best I’ve found. THe only machine that is certified by the SCAย Speciality Coffee Association.


  • Built like a tank. I’ve had this machine for over five years and it still functions perfectly.
  • It has a huge copper heating element which boils the water and uses the boiling to actually push it out and over the coffee grounds
  • It is built in the Netherlands and the quality of a machine built in a European country shows.
  • It has replaceable parts
  • It lasts. I feel this might be the last or second to last automated coffee brewer I ever buy


  • It is expensive. ~$291 looking on amazon today.
  • It can be slightly intiminating to use the first one or two times. How do all these parts work? It is more in the mindset of that industrial coffee machine at the office that only that one guy knows how to use.

How do I use it?

It’s pretty simple but I’ll lay it out step by step.

  1. Remove the black plastic top covers
  2. Load water into reservoir
  3. Add coffee filter to basket (make sure the switch on the basket is set to full open)
  4. Add coffee in basket
  5. Put covers back on.
  6. Turn machine on
  7. Wait for brewing to complete
  8. Enjoy coffee

See it in action

Notice the coffee “blooming” as the water comes into contact with the grounds. This is the carbon dioxide escaping as it brews. This means you have fresh coffee.


Enjoy your coffee. Also don’t forget to clean it periodically (but that is the topic for another post)


A burr grinder will up your coffee game significantly. In depth discussion of the wheres whats and whys is an entirely different topic. I use the capresso coffee grinder (Amazon). It is the “cheap option at around ~$90. Well worth it. I’ve had this particular machine for almost ten years and it still works like a champ.

Ditch the whirly grinder.


Happy Coffee!

Aloo Ki Lonji (Spicy Potatoes with Fennel seeds)

I’ve always loved eating Indian food and with the right spices and some minor shopping good dinner is coming your way.

  1. Get spices out of the cabinet and ready to go
  2. Boil potatoes, measure spices, chop tomatoe
  3. Add oil and whole spicesย cook and then add tomatoes and ground spices until they form a thick past

  4. Add potatoes and bring to boil
  5. Cook until thick paste is formed and serve

Cheap and delicious.

Peachy Green Smoothie

Day 3

Oh smoothie life, you are a giver. Milk, spinach, apple, peaches, ice. ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ๐Ÿฅ› They said use soy milk. I did not because I do not hate life. I used whole milk like a reasonable person.

Smoothie Challenge


With a day job and not enough time in the day I realized I needed to eat better. I’m not a big breakfast guy so.. smoothies.


Purchase a bunch of fruit and vegetables. Conventional grocery stores, specialty stores, and costco were my target

I have had a Vitamix (amazon) for years. It was time to put it to use.

Containers for prep were also key. I’ve had snapware (amazon) for years. It is great and can be run through the dishwasher.

Drinking containers and transport

Hydroflask 22oz tumbler (amazon)ย and straw lid combo from Klean Canteen (amazon) were the option I went with.

Time investment and Preparation Strategy

Mornings aren’t necessarily my friend in getting things done. But, I can prepare everything ahead the night before and throw it all together in the morning.

When Will It End?

Not sure. Pretty tasty and easy so far.