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What Is the Difference Between Drip and Brewed Coffee?

When considering the difference between drip and brewed coffee, you have to bear one thing in
mind; brewed coffee is a generic term that covers any coffee brewing method, including drip coffee. So in order to establish these differences, we have to remove drip coffee from the brewed coffee section and treat it independently. It’s not really a comparison that has much detail to go into, but it is a question that gets asked often.

Let’s have a look at both in more detail.

What Is Drip Coffee?

Drip coffee is a coffee brewing method that uses hot water poured slowly on coffee grounds to allow the water to absorb the coffee and ‘drip’ into a carafe underneath. The process is much slower than other brewing methods but is said to have stronger flavors.

Drip coffee uses an automatic machine and is very similar to the pour-over method, the only difference being that it is automatic, whereas pour-over is manual. This means that the machine has full control over how your drip coffee is prepared.

Read more about drip coffee here.

What Is Brewed Coffee?

Brewed coffee is coffee that is prepared by pouring hot water onto coffee grounds. This can collectively relate to different brewing methods including French press, pour-over coffee, and even the Aeropress.

When talking about drip coffee, it is also classed as brewed coffee, which is why it can be difficult to compare the two.

The Difference Between Drip and Brewed Coffee

Drip coffee is made using water that absorbs coffee and drips into a carafe, creating a unique and strong taste. Brewed coffee is made using many different methods including the French press and pour-over, and it can also taste different depending on the method used.

Let’s have a look at the main differences:

The Difference in Taste

The difference between these two types of coffees can be noticed in their taste, aroma, and caffeine content.

Drip coffee is strong and bold but can be weaker than a pour-over coffee for example. It is also less acidic and has a smoother taste than other brewing methods.

On the other hand, brewed coffee can have many different textures and flavors depending on the method used. 

Ultimately, the taste of your coffee can also be impacted by how you brew, the machine you use, and the type of coffee you use. 



The Difference in Preparation

Preparation is another difference between drip and brewed coffee where brewed coffees are made by leaving ground coffee in hot water or by water passing through and drip coffee is made by hot water passing through ground beans that are in a filter. 

Drip coffee can be considered the easier method when it comes to preparation as you only need an electric machine. This machine does everything for you at the touch of a button. However, it may still take longer to brew than other manual brewing methods. 

Again – It’s important here not to get confused with pour-over coffee.

The Final Sip

When it comes to the difference between drip and brewed coffee, there really cannot be a direct comparison as drip coffee falls under the term brewed coffee. Also, brewed coffee refers to multiple brewing methods. 


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