Coffee Lingo: Drip

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Drip: (n.) your mama’s coffee; a convenient way to get a solid brew.

While this used to refer simply to any brewing method that involves water flowing over ground coffee and “dripping” down into a vessel, “drip coffee” is now widely understood to mean an automated brewing process. Electric drip coffee makers gained popularity in the 1960s, making their way into just about every home in America. It feels like everyone’s parents had one, probably because it’s a really easy way to get a super solid cup of coffee without having to think too much about it. Coffee culture has been leaning back towards analog brewing for precise control over brewing variables, but for folks who struggle to get to work on time, drip brewers are a quick and convenient way to get your fix.


Looking for a good one for your home? This one is the Cadillac of drip brewers.

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