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The pleasure of drinking coffee is twofold. One is perceiving its scent, the other is perceiving its taste. Most perfumes are a blend of scents. One of these scents is perceived by the brain before the others. This one scent is called 'the top note'.
Coffee has a top note, as well. It is delicate and lasts for only a few minutes. Most of it is destroyed during the boiling stage of brewing. I prepare my coffee in such a way as to preserve that top note. I want it 'right now' fresh with that top note intact, so I make it one cup at a time.
I put a cup of water into a glass electric kettle and turn it on. I have a sieve with a stainless steel wire basket. It is just the right size to fit over my coffee cup. I set the sieve on my coffee cup. I put a filter in the sieve and coffee grounds in the filter. In that short time, the water is boiling. I pour half over the coffee grounds. A few seconds later, when that settles, I pour the other half.
The coffee is quickly and gently brewed, not cooked. You can taste and smell its top note. It is delicious. If you are a coffee fanatic and try this method, you may never again want coffee that is cooked for a few minutes and then sits for even ten minutes.
I know. My method is not practical for a family gathering. But for those times you want to treat yourself to something special, go for it!
That old stained sieve looks as if I have used it for this purpose for many years. I have.
Source: My search for that perfect cup of coffee
I have several from Melitta and have given them as gifts. They are great to take along on vacation if you really enjoy "good" coffee, rather than hotel room coffee (just use their maker to boil the water).
Due to extended electrical outages caused by the last two hurricanes, we have discovered a few tips for coping with no electricity. The first couple days we made do with instant coffee. We have a gas range, so could heat water in a kettle. Then I discovered a simple way to use my coffee maker even though there was no electricity.
Just prepare the coffee and filter in the usual way. Bring your kettle of water to a boil. Pour enough in your coffee filter basket to fill your filter, being careful not to overfill it or the coffee grounds will spill over the top. Set the filter and the pot in place. As the water runs through, just repeat this step until you have enough water to fill the pot. Pour the coffee into a thermos to keep it warm or reheat on the stove in a pan as needed.
I live in Oklahoma & we have power outages year round due to high straight winds, tornados, electric storms, & ice or snow storms. On our coffeemaker, the basket won't sit flat onto the top of the glass pot & you have to stand there & hold it the entire while. Otherwise, you can only add about 1/2 to 3/4 c. of water to the basket at a time before the basket starts to tip over & you have a dangerous &/or messy situation on your hands. My solution was simple. We are camping fanatics & I use our campfire percolator to make the most excellent coffee on top of my gas kitchen range when the electricity goes off. To reheat, I don't have to pour into a saucepan or anything--just turn the burner on under the campfire percolator. Of course, it usually doesn't last long enough to have to reheat it & I just make another pot.
Just in case you forget to bring a coffee stirrer along with your instant coffee, use the sachet packaging. When you are outdoors, you won't be bringing a spoon just for stirring coffee wherever you want to drink it.
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My coffee machine is broken. Is there another way I can brew my fresh coffee grounds?
I read the following information on a website:
Do you have a clean pair of old pantyhose stockings that you can no longer wear? Cut off one of the legs and then pour your fresh coffee grounds in the leg. Tie a knot in the end.
You can put coffee in a filter and pour boiling water through it.
You could also make "hobo coffee" by simply boiling the fresh grounds in a sauce pan until you get the strength of coffee you like, then either filter it (see above) or just carefully pour out the coffee leaving most of the grinds in the pan. (In the Middle East they have finely ground coffee that they make this way in special little pots.)
By Lnda G. J.
I just looked on Amazon and they have all kinds of stove top coffee pots (percolators). I also googled how to make coffee in one of these and there are detailed instructions. The only thing is they mentioned using some type of filter in the pot, but my folks never did. You do get a few of the grounds in the bottom of your cup, but the farmers where I grew up never minded a few grounds left in the bottom of the cup.
My husband likes the occasional cup of coffee, but not often enough to buy a coffee maker. My question is instead of having to strain the coffee could I use a tea diffuser in a cup of boiled water and come up with the same thing without having the additional work?
By Momma Ruby from KY
You have several options...
1. You can buy a small cone basket that will fit on a cup and you put a filter in with coffee and pour boiling water thru. A size "2" is perfect and you can generally buy these in the grocery store, in the coffee and tea area.
2. You can buy or make a muslin tea bag. They are sold in health food stores. They are about 2" x 4" with a tie top and can be used for tea, coffee, or to add whole spices to soups, etc. Use just like a regular tea bag. They can be reused until they fall apart.
3. You can get a 1 person french coffee press. Although, it can break and is more expensive than the other two alternatives.