During the holidays, I walked into a popular home mega-store and was taken by the size of the coffee department. It had grown from being a section of the small appliance department into a giant department of it's own! I was tickled by how complicated the world of coffee has become, with every sort of contraption and device designed to out brew the competition, and prices in caffeine overdrive! Never has pouring water through a filter of fresh grounds required more brain power and a higher financial commitment! I believe that in today's turbo charged complex culture, a simple approach can be as restorative as the coffee itself.
I'm into simple sanity here. Welcome sanity's return to the humble cup of coffee.
Today I'd like to share the secret to honest brew that will deliver you from coffee craziness! The modest coffee drip cone is perfect for that single cup of afternoon revival. Yes, it's really that elementary and for about $2.50-$3 it's yours. Quite a difference from those $100-$300 and up machines, right? Now I know that sophistication comes at a price, and the basic methodology of coffee making has some variety, but really, does it have to be so K-cup costly and complex? I have tried everything, from full throttle bells and whistles to French press, and it all comes down to the quality of the bean, the type of roast, and the amount of grounds in relationship to the amount of water. And you're right that it may take a few tries to figure the perfect ratio, but it's a small price to pay for such sweet simplicity! Although mornings here are met with the essential full pot ready to pour, late day single serves are closer to the way life should be, simple, pure, and unconstructed.
Here's how: if you remember that a typical mug is about 2 coffee pot cups, 10-12oz, as you scoop, scoop for about 2 cups and adjust from there. Once your water is boiling, pour just a bit over the grounds to saturate them, allowing them soak it up and loosen their flavor. Wait a few seconds before filling up the cone then allow time for the mug to fill, adding water as needed. That's it! Really! It's as basic as boiling water, at almost the same price!
So forget the $300 extreme-techno-presso-caffeinator and come back to the cone with me!