My 12 cup programmable coffee maker has a brew setting for 1-4 cups of coffee. What does this actually do differently than if I brewed

My 12 cup programmable coffee maker has a brew setting for 1-4 cups of coffee. What does this actually do differently than if I brewed a full pot?

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  1. The optimal brew time for a filter brew is between 3–6 min. A full pot will have more water than a 2 cup brew in the morning. The machine slows.dkwnnthebrate of water flow to maintain and optimal brew time.
    Why 1–4 and not 1–6? That’s dependent on the specific components and filter your machine uses. So one brand will use the 1–4 or 1–5 cut off where as another will use a different one.

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  2. Try timing the brew when you do 4 cups on 12 cup setting, and on 4 cup setting.
    My best guess is that the 4 cup setting brews more slowly, to give the water more time to extract the flavour from the coffee.

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  3. If it is a Cuisinart coffee maker, the 1 – 4 cup setting double heats the water to ensure a piping hot brew. From one of their Instruction Booklets:
    11. 1-4 Cup Setting
    For brewing smaller pots of coffee. It provides double heating of the water, so coffee is piping hot.

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  4. Most better large coffee makers have this setting. What it does is to slow down the brewing, often by pausing for a short time after the grounds are initially wet. You see, the machine will be designed for a cycle when full or nearly full, where the hot water flows at a particular rate, and so the coffee grounds are being extracted for a particular amount of time which is optimal for good coffee. Problem is, if it’s a 10-cup coffee maker, and you are only brewing 2 cups, you’d get weak coffee that’s only partly extracted. So, the solution is to add in a button that will keep the coffee brewing longer, to give it a chance to extract the full flavor from the grounds.

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  5. It probably says the machine can make 1 to 4 cups worth of coffee. I am willing to bet that if you press it, the digital screen will show number 1 2, 3, or 4.
    For instance with 400ml of water, it will use probably 100ml to make the 4 cups worth of coffee. Of course, the exact water it use depends on whether you set to light or strong.

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  6. I imagine you put in less water, 8oz is the “standard,” so 8-32oz of water. You would also need to use less coffee grounds, I’m sure you can find that on the box. X amount (tablespoons or some such) of coffee per 8oz of water.
    Basically, it just uses less water to make less coffee. It normally makes 12 cups, so now it makes 4 or less.

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