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May 20, 2005 11:19 AM

Single Cup Coffee - Techniques

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Any ideas for alternative low-tech methods (with or without tube socks) and variations on cowboy coffee most appreciated.

Here is one method evolved from necessity. Bad coffee at work, too lazy to wash a french press, too cheap to make an entire drip-filter pot to share with colleagues, too busy to walk down the street to the nearest cafe.

Fill mug 1/3 with milk and set in microwave for 30 seconds. Meanwhile, fold coffee filter into quarters and open into a cone shape.
Stuff the cone loosely into the mug of hot milk. Fill the cone with a tablespoonful of coffee grounds and top with boiling water, taking care to keep the edges of the filter cone above the waterline at all times.
By the time you walk back to your desk and pull out the coffee filter into the bin, you have one perfect cup of cafe con leche.

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  1. You could save yourself a lot of trouble by getting a plastic Melitta one-cup cone filter holder (can be found at Whole Foods and upscale supermarkets, as well as online).


    3 Replies
    1. re: neighbor

      You could also consider a one cup gold filter.

      1. re: lala

        Yes, for less paper consumption, one could use a gold filter. However, I have not had much luck with those--either my grind is too fine, resulting in muddy coffee, or it's too coarse, resulting in weak coffee. Sigh. I tried.

        I do agree (in spades!) that these cones make better coffee than fancy electrical appliances. It certainly is hotter, a bonus if you add a lot of milk, as I do.

      2. re: neighbor

        These actually make better coffee than larger fancier costlier devices.