Where To Put Water In A Coffee Maker

How To Know Where To Put Water In A Coffee Maker


A coffee maker is an appliance that almost everyone uses daily. This means that many people are familiar with how it works and what you need to put in place to make it work. This includes coffee grounds and water. Many people might be familiar with how a coffee maker works, but not everybody. Just in case you don’t know where to put water in a coffee maker, we’ll sort that out now. In case you’re a first-time user of a coffee maker or you’re not familiar with the model you’re about to use, take a few pointers from this post, and you’ll see that it’s easy to know. Water is an essential ingredient that you need to get that cup of coffee ready. There is no coffee without using water. But the water has to go to the right place for the coffee maker to brew. 


Where Does The Water Go In A Coffee Maker


Every coffee maker has a reservoir where it stores water for brewing coffee. The reservoir always appears like a mini tank on the coffee maker. Well, it’s actually a mini tank, and it should look like one. The location of a reservoir in the coffee maker is not fixed. It can be found in different positions on a coffee maker. It depends on the model you’re brewing with. But, the most common places to find the water reservoir are at the back of the coffee maker, or by the side, or on top of it. It is easy to identify, because other than the carafe, it is mostly the largest part of the coffee maker. It will have a lid that you can open with a button, it will either pop open or slip open. And you can look into it, which will tell you if that is really the place where the water goes into. 


Cold Water Or Hot Water Which One


The water that will go into the water reservoir should be a hundred percent cold. That’s because the coffee maker has been built to heat the water to the temperature it needs it to be for brewing. So there is no need to make the work of the coffee maker easier because that’s what it does. Using hot water for your coffee maker will put it at risk for damage. It won’t save you any time making a cup of coffee. It will only make you spend more money because your machine could get damaged, and you would need to fix or replace it. Another thing, the only appropriate thing to put in your water reservoir is water. You shouldn’t use milk, it is too thick for brewing and could get your coffee maker clogged. If you need to have your coffee with milk, you can add the milk after brewing, or you can preheat the milk and pour it into the carafe, either way, you get your coffee with milk. But, pouring the milk into the reservoir is not an option. 


How Much Water Should I Use


The quantity of water you will use in your coffee maker, mostly depends on how much coffee you’re making, and the model you’re using. It is recommended by SCAA that the ratio of coffee to water should be one to sixteen. That is, when you measure the weight. Another thing that influences the amount of water is whether you’re brewing your coffee bold or not. It all depends on how you want your coffee. How much water you like in your coffee is the right amount to use. Although, you will need to fill up the reservoir most times. The water you use in making your coffee is very important for the quality of the coffee. It is best if you use filtered or distilled water. Although, some coffee makers have a water filter in their reservoir. You should not use your tap water if it is not clean or has an odor, or if it is high in chlorine. All these will affect the quality of your coffee. You can also allow the tap to run a few seconds before filling your reservoir. 


Do I Need To Clean The Reservoir


Yes, you do need to clean the reservoir. As often as possible, or as specified by the manufacturer. The fact that water is the only thing that goes into it does not mean that it won’t need to be cleaned. Due to the mineral content of water, the reservoir usually has scale build-up, which has to be removed. Because if you don’t, it will affect the efficiency of your machine and the taste and quality of your coffee. It could even damage your machine. You can clean it by brewing vinegar and water, a process known as descaling. The process is similar with every coffee maker, but there might be some variations. The vinegar and water brew will help to remove the scales. The mixture will be two parts vinegar and one part water. You will pour the mixture into the reservoir, and let it brew, just like coffee. Some coffee makers have self-clean features and will indicate when it needs to be cleaned. But if your coffee maker doesn’t, you have to clean as often as you can. If your coffee maker has a water filter, you should take it out during cleaning. It has no business in the process. Make sure you rinse any vinegar left in your coffee maker by running water only cycle two times. 



A coffee maker has different compartments, and each of them has its purpose. It will be erroneous to put water in the filter, it has to go in the reservoir. Carefully check your coffee maker, to find out where the reservoir is and put it in the water appropriately. That is one of the first steps to using your coffee maker right. Remember, no milk in the reservoir. Just water will do.