Does The Coffee You Make At Home Taste Too Weak Or Watery?

Don’t worry! You’re in the right place. Today we’ll go over 4 reasons for why your coffee might be tasting more watered down than you’d like.  We’ll also provide an easy fix for each of these common mistakes to get you back to a full-bodied goodness that you know, love, and are proud of.

4 Reasons For Weak Coffee (And 4 Easy Fixes)

Reason #1 – You aren’t using enough coffee!

This is one of the 5 most common mistakes people make when brewing coffee.  For methods like a french press we recommend using a full 2 Tbsp for every 6oz of water. When using an automatic drip brewer (most offices and homes have these) use closer to 1 or 1.5 Tbsps. The reason for the difference is because these automatic drip brewers brew at a higher temperature which we’ll get to later in the list.

Reason #2 – You’re not brewing long enough

Coffee only has 2 ingredients so all of the the flavor / strength of each brew only comes from the interaction of heat, time, water and ground coffee. Just like tea, the strength of the coffee you make has a lot to do with the amount of time the coffee is allow to “steep”. Weak Coffee is often as result of under steeping. For a guide for how long to brew coffee based on the brew method you choose check out our How to make coffee  brew guides


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Reason #3 – You need to turn up the heat

The temperature of the water used during extraction is a big factor in influencing how bitter (over-cooked) or weak the coffee will taste. Weak coffee can be a result of using water that has cooled too much. The ideal coffee brewing water temperature is around 195-205 degrees or about ~30 seconds off of the boil.  This is not as common of reason for weak coffee because most people (sadly in our opinion) still use automatic drip machines that tend make bitter coffee because of both over-extraction and too hot of water used.

Reason #4 – Your coffee grinds are the wrong size

Did you know that the consistency and size of the coffee grinds you use is an important factor in coffee brewing. It’s one of the reasons having a quality coffee grinder is so important. Each brewing method is different in terms of which grind level to use, but the general rule is that if you use too coarse of a coffee grind for a given brew type you’ll risk not extracting enough of the flavor and you may wind up with watery tasting weak coffee.

About The Author

Michael Shewmake

An entrepreneur and musician, Michael quit his full-time job in the corporate world to assemble a band of fellow storytellers, travelers, and coffee-lovers as enthusiastic as himself to share the unique stories and coffee from around the world.