English: A photo of a cup of coffee. Esperanto: Taso de kafo. Français : Photo d’une tasse de caffé Español: Taza de café (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
My partner freaked the other night when he picked up the coffee carafe and the bottom came out. We were really happy it didn’t happen with hot coffee in it. But he really freaked, so, when talking about it, I decided, since we’re just 4 days from moving where we can only carry what we can take in our car, that we weren’t going to buy a new pot. (I think he thinks that without coffee he would just never get out of bed.)
Non-Coffee Drinkers with Coffee-Drinking Guests
You might also be interested in this if you are a non-coffee drinker having coffee-drinking guests who don’t want to run out and purchase a coffee maker for their visit. Don’t do as I once did–I had a whole house-full of coffee drinkers for breakfast (this was my occasional-coffee-drinking days), and I tried keeping up with everyone’s coffee needs by making medium-sized French Press pots for everyone. NOT the smartest thing I’ve ever done (not the dumbest, either, but I digress.)
Making coffee without a coffee pot/coffee maker
So, how to make coffee without a coffee pot. I was really surprised when I looked online this morning and found the dumbest and weirdest ways people suggested making coffee without a pot. (I was just looking to find optimal water temperature.) Really, all you have to ask is, how does the pot do it? In a drip pot, you put the filter in the basket, pour cold water into the back of the coffee maker, and the pot heats the water and runs it through the ground coffee.
I got a wide mouthed jar (one I use as a small canister) and fitted it with a strainer. This was the second attempt. The first one, I just rubberbanded the filter around the top of the jar. (Duh, there’s a reason the pot has a filter basket.) It did all right until we tried to remove it, whereupon one side tore. Luckily, no grounds got into the coffee, but the next time we decided to use the strainer, and luckily the strainer fit the mouth of the jar perfectly. I just set the filter into the strainer. It took longer to make that way because you can’t pour as much into the shallow strainer as we could into the depth of the filter.
I measured enough for 4 cups of coffee into the grinder and ground it finely. (My partner likes his coffee near bitter–the finer the grind, the more bitter it will be, especially when you are using espresso roast coffee.) Then I put the cold water into the tea kettle, heated it like the coffee pot would, and when ready, I simply poured the water over the grounds a little at a time, allowing it to run slowly through the filter. Yes, it takes time, but it’s a labor of love. Actually, the coffee is sooo much better this way (not sure why this method brings out more of the fresh coffee taste), that I may not go back to the pot.
“Cup of Coffee” size
One thing. I didn’t measure the water–I just poured till it looked like about four cups and had the right nose, density and color. If you prefer to measure the water, just pour the hot water into a glass measuring pitcher. But please remember that a “cup” of coffee is based on 5 oz, not 8. So to make 4 cups of coffee as you would in a coffee maker, you only need 20 oz of water, not 32.
Measuring the coffee
Oh, and if you’re not a regular coffee drinker and making this for someone else, whether you are using ground coffee or coffee beans, my measure for 4 cups is 2 level coffee spoons and 2 rounded ones. (But for 8 cups its 5 level and 3 rounded–I don’t know why. For some reason it seems to take a bit more coffee for a smaller quantity.) A coffee spoon is equal to 1 tablespoon, a coffee scoop is usually equal to 2 tablespoons. I have a coffee spoon that came with my coffee canister from Target, and it is equal to 1 tablespoon. So, yeah, a whole paragraph to tell you to use 2 level tablespoons and 2 rounded ones for 4 cups. ><
Why not use a French Press?
Why not use a French Press, you ask? Well, in a pinch we didn’t have one. I looked and found just the outside frame for my French press, but no glass or plunger. I would suspect that somebody just broke the glass and didn’t tell me, but if they left the frame, they likely would have left the plunger, too. ::shrugs::
Another reason to not use a French press is that I’m still being a money-miser, and it takes a lot more coffee to produce a cup of French press than it does for drip.
If you want to make more than 4 cups at a time (like if you’re having coffee-drinking guests), get a bigger jar and a bigger strainer. I always have at least 3 sizes of strainers on hand. We prefer to make fewer cups and make it more often throughout the day as it stays hotter since we don’t have a thermos.
Anyway, to those who said to use ground coffee and just throw it into the bottom of a glass measuring pitcher and pour the water on top and then strain it after steeping–ICK! (They were doing this for guests.) At the very least, if you don’t have your own coffee grinder, go to the store, pick out some delectable organic, fair trade coffee beans (I may be a miser, but I’m not stupid–coffee is one of the most highly pesticide sprayed products on the market), and use their grinder to grind it coarsely. Then you’ll get French Press-like coffee quality, and the coffee will strain much more quickly.
Now, here is an article on how to make milk foam without a milk foamer. Just ignore her last sentence. It’s not true that half ‘n’ half or cream will make better foam. My favorite barista told me that the less fat the milk has, the better for foaming. I adore heavy cream, but I use skim milk to make my milk foam. http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-milk-foam-without-100716