So my old Krups drip coffee maker has nearly stopped working. I’m contemplating new equipment, but am currently broke and don’t want to spend anything; I certainly don’t just want to go to the store and get some awful Mr. Coffee hunk of junk. It’ll have to have water the proper temperature and a cone filter for it to work for me.
This morning, I made enough coffee to fill a to-go mug and a thermos, about 7 “cups”. I heated 28 oz. of water in the microwave, poured it in the carafe, sat the carafe on the counter, then heated another 14 oz. until it was just at boiling.
While the 14 oz. was heating up, I ground 5 tablespoons of coffee (that’s the recommended amount for my old Braun whirly-blade grinder.) I put the grounds in a coffee filter. After the water started to bubble, I took it out, checked to make sure it was close to 190 degrees F, slowly poured it over the grounds, stirred the grounds gently, and gently closed the coffee pot. Four minutes later, I put the carafe on the coffee pot.
Now, I’ve used a similar method to make cold coffee before–grind 5T of beans, put it in a pint Mason jar, close the lid, then pour the liquid in the coffee filter 12 hours later, and to my heathen taste buds, this was very close to cold coffee that I’ve made in the past. I might have to use more coffee beans next time.
And a moment to rant about measurements here in America: yeah, a “tablespoon” is a terrible measurement. Almost none of us here have scales. Recipes don’t call for them. According to Alton Brown, you can thank our Colonial ancestors for that. And a coffee pot “cup” is different than a measuring cup; the carafe is measured in 6 oz., a measuring cup is 8 oz., and many coffee cups are 10 oz. Crazy, man.
Anyone have any recommendations for new equipment? Any manual pour equipment out there that just takes a standard #4 filter? I’m not picky about coffee, as long as it comes out not terribly acidic and doesn’t otherwise taste foul.