The Physics of Drip Coffee Makers [Video]

By Jason Fitzpatrick on July 7th, 2011

The design of the ubiquitous drip coffee maker takes advantage of basic physics to keep costs down with minimal parts. Watch the video and you’ll never look at the old pot the same again.

Water goes in and coffee comes out. Simple, right? Although a coffee maker might be simple to use and employ minimal parts to get the job done (and keep the cost down in the process) the physics of the process is fascinating. Check out the above video to see how a coffee maker is engineered.

Coffee Maker: Pumping Water with No Moving Parts [YouTube via Geeks Are Sexy]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/7/11
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