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How do you brew your morning cup of coffee?

  • Ali G Feb 4, 2014 08:03 AM
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I've been making coffee at home recently to save some money and also so I can use the beans of my choice. I have a couple of moka pots that are mostly used for espresso and also a french press. I like the french press, but don't care for the sludge at the bottom of the cup.

Lately, I started using the My K-Cup in our Keurig. This is super convenient since there is no water to boil and my wife only makes her coffee from pods, so its already on. However, I get mixed results and even after a thorough cleaning, it's been producing short cups for the past week.

I've been looking at an Aeropress or some other kind of single cup contraption (Chemex, Hario, etc). Just wondering what others use to make their coffee and what method or device do you prefer?

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  1. I use a burr grinder then brew in a Bialetti.

    1. Used to grind with a ceramic Burr grinder then hario pour over but now I grind in the ceramic Burr grinder and use aeropress.

      1. Bodum burr grinder, Bodum french press = fantastic coffee, every morning. Keurig, no matter the "flavor", is absolutely tasteless in comparison.

        I should mention that I am not insinuating that the Bodum brand makes the difference, the burr grinder/french press combo is the key for my taste. I am sure there are many perfectly good brands available, that's just the set-up I have.

        1. Jura Capresso E8. Grinds the beans and brews your choice of coffee or espresso or cappuccino (it has a spout to for steam to hot-foam the milk).

          Not cheap, but hubby discovered it in Switzerland over ten years ago when it was just Capresso.

          We bought the first machine from Williams Sonoma in South Coast Plaza, Santa Ana, and at first, they died after a couple of years. Williams Sonoma replaced them every time we had a problem.

          After Capresso merged with Jura, our coffee maker has worked without a hitch for about eight years, I think.

          They also have an excellent customer service organization in the U.S., webpage or 800 toll free telephone.

          Oh, BTW (by the way) they do not recommend using Starbucks because the say the beans are too oily and mess up the inner workings of the machine.

          1. French press for me and has been for many, many years. I have not the faintest idea of what brand the press I currently have is (I have gone through more than a few over time).

            1. White enamel French drip pot in a skillet of hot water. pour one tablespoon boiling water over the grounds and stop until the dripping coffee stops. Add another tablespoon. as a general rule I use French market Pure Coffee but sometimes will use chicory. I think I am one of about 50 people who still use this method. no one else cares.

              1. Breville Smart Grinder and Technivorm drip. Occasionally, I use a cheap Melitta pour-over.

                1. I have a Technivorm Moccamaster and a 12 oz Bialetti. If DH is around and I'm willing to drink caffeine (I am very sensitive to it so I usually stick with decaf), I make us a full pot in the Moccamaster, grinding the beans just prior to brewing. If it's just me (or I just need decaf), I use the Bialetti - I actually prefer the stronger style anyway, especially with decaf beans.

                  DH has an Aeropress that he keeps at work - it makes good coffee, but he has gotten lazy and ends up at Starbucks most of the time these days.

                  1. I use and love the Keurig. I used to go through all the rigamarole of french press, and then for a while I was using a Mellita individual cup pour through, but both were a pain.

                    The key for me was finding a type of Keurig coffee that I liked. They do have some nice strong blends that taste like coffee and not like brown water. Some of my favorites are Jet Fuel, Double Black Diamond and Eclipse.

                    1. Ha. I was just thinking of starting a thread on this topic.

                      Well, in answer, I've got an old (ca. 1972) Corningware glass percolator that I use for my coarsely ground Sumatra.

                      1. I use my Dualit espresso machine on the w/ends and mainly have a macchiato or flat white. At work I've started using the Hario V 60 ceramic coffee dripper which produces a different style of coffee.
                        Still prefer the espresso machine overall ,but I prefer the Hario over using the cafetiere at work. Brews a fuller rounder flavoured cup than a cafetiere IMO.
                        Only issue is that every time a make a coffee I have to explain to people what I'm doing and how it works as no-one has seen one before.

                        1. A plain old one cup melitta with a brown paper filter. Coffee varies, but we grind in a very ancient Braun grinder.

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                          1. re: magiesmom

                            All things being equal (including making sure the water temp is right), the pour-over delivers as good a cup as my Technivorm.

                            1. re: grampart

                              Or anything else.
                              Friends are always amazed at how good our low tech coffee is. And it packs very easily for travel.
                              We needed a new one about five years ago. I think it was $5.99.

                            2. re: magiesmom

                              Same, have tried them all. Simple paper filter suits us best.
                              Use Peets french roast from grocery store.

                            3. Single stovetop cup moka pot when I'm alone (usually most Mondays - Friday), French press when my girlfriend is at my place (most weekends.)
                              I either drink it black, or make a pseudo latte by heating up and frothing some milk then adding the coffee to it.

                              In spring and summer I often make iced coffee from what I brew in the moka pot. And sometimes I brew some coffee in the French press, let it cool, store it in a plastic container in the fridge and make iced coffee with that. Saves a lot of time in the morning when I do that.

                              I also have a mini-French press at work. I use that occasionally when I want a cup during the work week.

                              1. I discovered the Clever pour-over for coffee in the office, after one too many cups of disgusting swill that had been sitting there forever. This little device is like the basic Melitta with paper filter, but it lets you steep the coffee for a few minutes before it drips into the cup. I just grind beans at home. I don't know why it works so well but I've made converts of several people at work.

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                                1. re: luciemom

                                  Yes. I read about the Clever-drip on another site, checked out the review on Sweet Maria and ordered. As SM says, eliminates the sludge issue of a French Press and also the loss of heat during the brew time and eliminates the weakness of most pour-over - that the coffee starts dripping through immediately, before time has allowed for extraction. And as with any pour-over, you can be sure the water is at a proper temp for extraction.

                                  And clean-up is much easier than with a French Press.

                                  I also have a press, a Chemex and Gevalia auto-drip (the latter a gift from a neighbor for all I do for her) but use the Clever-Drip 99.44% of the time.

                                  I have both a Hario hand operated burr grinder and a Krups blade grinder.

                                  1. re: brucesw

                                    My tricks to getting good strength with Melita pour over are:
                                    - use a fine grind
                                    - add the water slowly at first to wet the grounds
                                    - keep grounds barely immersed in water
                                    - wash and/or stir grounds that accumulate on edges back into the water.

                                    Sometimes I'll steep the grounds in a sauce pan, and then filter then through the cone (or a small strainer if using coarser grounds).

                                    In one way or other it comes down to steeping grounds just enough and straining them out.

                                2. I use aeropress because of convenience of preparation and cleanup, and the low cost of filters and the unit. I've had pour over vs aeropress at coffee shops and slightly prefer pour over. But I don't want a pour over setup in my kitchen. It's a cleaner tasting cup of coffee, at least with paper filters, than french press. It's also far easier to clean up.

                                  1. Keurig with dunkin donuts ground coffee in the refillable filter, not the k-cups.

                                    1. At home, I use a Cuisinart Grind and Brew--I can put water and beans in the machine at night, set the timer, and have coffee ready when I wake up.
                                      I keep a small French press at work (I grind a few days worth of beans at a time) and use that for my mid-morning cup. I find that if the beans are ground for the press (pretty coarse) and I leave the last bit in the press, there isn't too much sludge.
                                      The Melitta cone filter for pour over, as mentioned by others in this thread, is also a great way to make a single cup.

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                                      1. re: iluvcookies

                                        I have a six cup melitta for company

                                        1. re: magiesmom

                                          Mine's a four-cup, but I still use it to make a single cup. The mug I use is 20 oz and I fill it almost all the way.

                                      2. When I make it I use a French Press.

                                        1. Virtuoso conical steel burr grinder --> Chemex
                                          At work, I use a retired Krups burr grinder --> Hario V60

                                          My all-time favorite method of brewing is siphon. For me, it's too expensive and too finicky. But man do I enjoy a cup of coffee from a siphon from a few local cafes.

                                          1. Arkady hand grinder into a Faberware electric percolator or Wearever stovetop aluminum coffee pot/percolator.

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                                            1. re: Raffles

                                              Prior to my Keurig I use to be a percolator guy.

                                            2. Weekends I use the Hario V60 glass pourover with cloth filters. Weekdays I use (don't judge!) a Hamilton Beach Scoop SS. I use burr ground french or colombian roasts. When I have a hankering for cappuccino I use a Bialetti Mukka Express stovetop.

                                              1. Another Keurig lover here. DH drinks caff, and I drink decaf, and boy has this helped us.
                                                I've also done the French press and while it's lovely and tactile and makes me feel like I'm elevating my coffee game, I'm just not that into coffee.
                                                Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the hell out of my morning cup, but I don't think I'll be "cupping" anytime in this life, or caring if my beans came out of a civet's arse ;-)

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                                                1. re: monavano

                                                  I care! That they DON'T!

                                                2. I've got a Nespresso machine and love it. I was gifted the cheapest model years ago by an aunt and upgraded to a "fancier" one a few years later.

                                                  My entire family's been converted, and when I serve Nespresso coffee/espresso to friends and dinner guests, I'd say half of them run out and get a machine too.

                                                  I worked as a barista for years during college, didn't get a Nespresso machine for convenience, but I truly love the results.

                                                  And I drink it black, on ice. Thick layer of crema on every cup.

                                                  1. I ADORE my Aeropress. During the week, I use a cheapie blade grinder...on weekends, a hand burr grinder. It really makes a great cup, while still using a paper filter to catch the sludge and oils that may or may not be heart-unhealthy. I also roast my own beans now, but the Aero makes even Eight O'Clock taste better.

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                                                    1. re: Wahooty

                                                      I got an Aeropress for Christmas, and I have been enjoying it as well. I don't use it every day (I'm often not at home), but I'm liking what I get from it when I have the chance to use it.

                                                    2. I use a european stovetop espresso maker with a dark roast sumatra i grind.

                                                      Have you tried a different grind for your french press? I used to use one and really liked it, I never had noticable sludge end up in my cup. Sounds like the coffee may be ground too small/fine.

                                                      1. The old reliable from grad school 4 cup Mr Coffee brewing fresh ground Kauai Coffee Co in the cuisinart grinder.

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                                                        1. re: autumm

                                                          Yep, mines is 12 cup and I brew a Kona blend, but waaaay better than what's at work and cheaper than Starbucks.

                                                        2. Rocky Rancilio and Technivorm Moccamaster.

                                                          I've been thinking about getting a Nespresso, just for the simplicity.

                                                          1. There's only two reasons people get sludge in a cup of French press:

                                                            1. The beans were ground too fine. Solution: don't grind the beans so fine. Don't panic if you see the occasional visible bean piece. Better that than powder.

                                                            2. You poured every drop of water -- including the water that was down under the screen after you pressed -- out of the pot and into the cup. Solution: don't do that. You're losing maybe a couple tablespoons' worth of coffee at most if you stop pouring before the pot is entirely empty: if that perturbs you, put in a couple tablespoons' worth more from the kettle when you pour the water in.

                                                            Do even one of those fixes and your sludge will be minimal. Do both and your sludge will be gone.

                                                            Oh, and: KitchenAid blade grinder, 8-cup Bodum Chambord, electric kettle, wooden chopstick for stirring. Comically oversized cup screenprinted with multi-colored psychedelic owls, known as Big Carl. Easy chair in living room, DVR with the previous night's Olbermann and Fallon, cat (tuxedo, elderly, male, mono-fanged).

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                                                            1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                              I think that's very well put, Jenny. Funny how people will sometimes blame appliances/tools for poor results when the fault lies in the techniques employed. On the other hand, it's pretty rare when people say something akin to, "I hate this frying pan. Everything I put in it comes out overcooked."

                                                              1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                I was never happy with the coffee I got out of my Bodum until I got a burr grinder.

                                                                1. re: brucesw

                                                                  Burr grinders definitely take a lot of the guesswork out of it, it's true. But I like my blade grinder and don't feel like replacing it until I have to.

                                                              2. 26 grams of Groundworks beans. 360 grams of fresh water at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Delicious

                                                                1. Use both Chemex and Hario pour over. Both great. Burr grinder, very important.

                                                                  1. At 4am I made my first cup...right from the Keurig. The dogs woke us up when the motion detector lights went on in our back driveway. I saw footprints in the deep snow and a hooded person with a flashlight casing our cars. Called the police. With a major snowstorm going on this idiot decided to hike up our long hill from the street carrying two buckets, hoping to fill them with loot from the 4 cars covered in snow.
                                                                    After calling the police, Iimmediately pulled a Farberware urn from the closet and opened an emergency can of coffee from the pantry. Made 30 cups. During the next hour 4 different police cars and 7 police stopped to check the property and take reports. They all appreciated the freshly brewed coffee. Nothing open this early in our town. I opened a package of Dixie to go cups with lids and sent each one off with hot coffee and some of the cookies my youngest baked last night.
                                                                    This was the first time I've used the urn to brew coffee in 4 months.
                                                                    BTW>>>they caught the guy at 5:20 two blocks away removing items from an unlocked car in a driveway two blocks away. The idiot was tracked by following his foorsteps in the snow.
                                                                    Since no one will be leaving the house today, I'll be making a 12 cup size Farberware pot of coffee around 8 for the family breakfast..........................

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                                                                    1. re: bagelman01

                                                                      wow your police must not have much to do!

                                                                    2. I'm an average joe these days and make my coffee in a Black & Decker plug in maker from wally world. And I'm happy with the cheapest Folgers on the shelf. I make it strong though.

                                                                      However, I'd like to get a stovetop percolator. Percolators are easy to make coffee bitter without know-how so it'd be a learning experience but, the regular coffee makers don't brew true coffee. You need a very short boil time, I believe is what I've read.

                                                                      I also want a French Press and an espresso machine. But I'm happy with any coffee that's not watered down.

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                                                                      1. re: Muddirtt

                                                                        Love your post.

                                                                        1. re: latindancer

                                                                          Gotta love black Folgers with milk and sugar :)

                                                                      2. I have a double shot expresso made in a starbucks machine. I use san migeul free trade coffee ground in a regular grinder. Weekends I make a bodum.

                                                                        1. I do a coarse grind of medium roast beans and use the French press.

                                                                          Never have sediment.

                                                                          1. Mazzer Mini burr grinder and brew in a Melitta Clarity. The Clarity is no longer made. It looks like a Technivorm. This is the every day brew. When the wife is out of town I pull out the french press. She's not a fan of any sludge

                                                                            1. My morning coffee is brewed by The Coffee Fairy :) DH makes espresso with Rancillio Audrey.
                                                                              We do, however, have an Aeropress, and a single-cup Mellita cone filter. I like both. We had a tassimo for a while, but I've given that away.
                                                                              The 12-cup electric drip, by Cuisinart, was our morning-coffee-maker of choice before our 3-week European holiday last year.

                                                                              1. French press, black.

                                                                                1. Short-cupping is the worst. Basically, try banging the hell out of it. Apparently there's a valve somewhere that gets stuck.

                                                                                  I also use the Keurig as you can guess, with the MUCH more environmentally friendly San Francisco Bay Coffee Company's Fog Chaser. (Their cups are something like 97% compostable and I get them on Amazon for under $30 for 80 cups.)

                                                                                  1. Aeropress...upside down method...black

                                                                                    1. Bought Dh & myself a Keurig when I needed to switch to decaf. Previously we ground fresh beans for every pot and brewed in a Cuisinart Coffee on Demand maker. I
                                                                                      still would like to use fresh beans, but with the Keurig's
                                                                                      fill it yourself pod, I made the worse coffee and a much bigger mess than I like to deal with in the a.m. What's the secret to using this device? I followed the directions, but it was ghastly and messy. Help please!!

                                                                                      1. We decided to give the Keurig a break and bring out our old 12 cup Cuisinart drip coffee maker. So far, it's working out since we can get the volume of coffee we want. However, we are working through a bag of beans I got from a local roaster. My wife prefers a dark roast, but I've been enjoying a medium roast in the morning from better beans. I think I will still be buying a single cup option in the future. I'm leaning towards Hario V60 pour over or the Aeropress. This way we can each get the coffee we want, it just takes a little more work.

                                                                                        I might also try my french press again. I don't own a burr grinder and can't help but get sludge in my cup no matter how coarse I try to grind with my cheapo blade grinder.

                                                                                        1. 10 year old Solis Crema SL70 - just keep it clean and it does a wonderful cap or latte... Usually using a med roast from Dunn Bros - 2% milk - medium grind - shot of Mexican vanilla and I'm in a good place.

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                                                                                          1. re: Maggie19

                                                                                            Mine crapped out on me after many years of service.

                                                                                          2. I just bought a 12 cup percolator, love it!! You can buy one at Bed Bath + BEYOND (say it like Toy Story) and use the mailer coupon.

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                                                                                            1. re: waitress

                                                                                              Percolator lovers are a rare breed.

                                                                                            2. My little 10 cup Krups coffeemaker crapped out on me after nearly 20 years of service. Just bought a Cuisinart. Makes very good coffee. I also have a Bodum French press and use that occasionally. I find the Keurig K cups coffee a bit weak and expensive.

                                                                                              1. I use either a vintage Cory Vacuum Pot or a vintage Electric Percolator....

                                                                                                1. I have a Keurig machine and have a local coffee shop grind the beans appropriately. I usually buy some fancy-pants beans that cost way too much...I like my coffee dark and strong...but, after you dump a couple shots of whiskey in there, it doesn't really matter if you're drinking Folgers instant or Kona airmailed from Hawaii.

                                                                                                  1. I've used SS Bialetti moka pots for years. They're my favorite, for sure.