How To Get The Most Out Of Your 12 Cup Coffee Maker

A 12-cup coffee maker makes it easy for you to brew strong and delicious coffee for your family members, friends or coworkers. You can brew up to 12 cups of fresh coffee just the way you like it and serve your guests quickly. This guide provides practical tips on how to use a 12-cup coffee maker to make great coffee at home.

You can use your coffee maker to brew 12 cups of refreshing coffee within 10 minutes. That means that you’re always ready to serve large groups of people. It’s easy to change the strength of the coffee to suit your taste.

You can use your 12-cup coffee maker to make as much or as little coffee as you like. If you’re serving a small gathering, you can make fewer cups of coffee.

Let’s get started and look the things you need to make a perfect cup of coffee:


Use high-quality ground coffee to brew coffee that tastes and smells great. If you prefer to grind your own beans, use fresh and whole beans. Purchase enough beans to last for only around two weeks at a time, because they lose their flavor quickly once they are broken.


Water constitutes 98% of your coffee, so the quality of the water is as important as the quality of the coffee. If the water you use doesn’t taste good, your coffee will also taste like it. Water that’s filtered through a charcoal filter to remove bad odors, tastes and chlorine gives your coffee the best possible flavor.


Proper grinding is crucial for extraction of flavor. If the ground coffee is too coarse, the flavor will not be fully extracted because the water will pass through too quickly. If it’s too fine, too much flavor will be extracted. This could result in bitterness and clog the filter.

Follow recommended proportions 

Follow the recommended proportions given in the user guide to ensure that your coffee is not too weak or too strong. After you’ve used the appliance a few times and are familiar with the results, you can change the proportions according to your taste.

Let’s look at the things you need to do to make the perfect cup of joe for your guests. The following steps will help you to understand how to use a 12-cup coffee maker:

Using your coffee maker for the first time?

If you’re using your 12-cup coffee maker for the first time, flush it out with fresh water before brewing coffee in it. Insert the charcoal filter and fill the reservoir with cold water.

Follow the instructions for brewing coffee without adding any coffee. Once the brewing cycle is complete, discard the water. You’re now ready to brew your first cups of refreshing coffee!

Step one

Decide on how many cups of coffee you would like to make. Open the cover of your coffeemaker’s reservoir and pour in the required amount of fresh, cold water. The water level indicator will help you pour in the right amount of water.

Step two

If you want to brew less than 5 cups of coffee, press the 1-4 cup button.

Step three

Remove the filter basket and insert a #4 paper filter or a permanent filter. Make sure that the paper filter is fully open and is completely inserted into the basket.

Step four

Add one tablespoon (1 level scoop) of ground coffee for every cup of coffee. You can vary the quantity according to your tastes and preferences.

Step five

Put the filter basket back in the holder and press the cover to ensure that it’s shut properly.

Step six

Check to see if the glass carafe is on the heating plate and the top cover is closed. Plug the appliance into an electrical outlet and turn it on.

Step seven

You are now ready to brew your coffee! Turn the function knob so it’s set to brew and press the on / off button. The indicator light will come on.

Step eight

Your coffee maker will beep when the brewing cycle is complete, though coffee will keep pouring out from the filter for a few seconds.

The brew pause feature

You can pause brewing to stop the flow of coffee if you want to pour a cup of mid-brew. However, this will weaken the taste of the finished pot and the filter basket may overflow if the carafe is removed for more than around 20 seconds.

Cleaning your coffee maker

  • Before cleaning your coffee maker, turn it off, unplug it and lift up the cover of the reservoir.
  • Remove the filter paper and ground coffee and discard them.
  • Wash and rinse the filter basket thoroughly in warm, soapy water or clean it in the upper rack of your dishwasher. Dry the parts after use.
  • Wash and rinse the carafe and lid in warm, soapy water or wash them in the upper rack of your dishwasher.
  • Wipe the base unit with a damp clean cloth and dry it thoroughly. Do not immerse the base unit in water or any other liquid.
  • Do not use any harsh cleansers or scouring agents.
  • Decalcify the base unit from time to time. The frequency depends on how often you use the appliance and the presence of hard water in your area.
  • The clean light will flash to let you know it’s time to clean your coffeemaker.

Regular cleaning after use and periodic decalcification are needed to ensure that your coffee maker remains clean and germ-free. We hope these tips on how to use a 12-cup coffeemaker will help you to brew delicious coffee.


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