Saturday, May 4, 2013

Can Someone Teach Me How to Make Coffee?

After a 3 year relationship, I had to break up with my Keurig.  

It was time.

Out with the old.

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In with the new.

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As I carried my Keurig down to the basement I said a silent thanks for all the early mornings and cold Winters it got me through.  

I LOVED my Keurig.  It was perfect for me to drink one cup of coffee in the morning on my way out the door.  But now things have changed - with two coffee drinkers living in the house and me working from home two days a week, it didn't make sense to make coffee one cup at a time. It was a waste of both money and resources.  

And, there is a little problem.

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I don't know how to make coffee.  Cue gasp.  

I try, I really do.  But it always tastes burnt, too weak, or too strong, or the coffee maker overflows.  One time, when I was the first one awake at my grandma's house, I tried to make a pot and ended up breaking her coffee maker.  She seriously had to order a new one.  

This time, I am determined.  Any tips?  Specifically, what are your water to coffee ratios?  I feel like what is suggested in the directions is so much!

I am also excited to be able to try different types of coffee and not be limited to the packaged K-cups.  Any favorite suggestions?  I recently brewed this and love it!

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I hope you have a lovely weekend.  Any big plans? I have a long run date with Kim and then we are going to Hallaway's first birthday party.  Remember when she was born?  How has it already been a year?


  1. When I had the 12-cup coffee maker, I made coffee this way: 12 cups cool or cold water to 8 tablespoons of coffee grounds (6 tablespoons for the coffee-chicory Cafe du Monde blend). BUT and here is the warning I learned to make coffee to my dad's Air Force tastes, and they call coffee JET FUEL so my way of making it may be too strong for you. My mother-in-law works with a former Air Force person in a bank and she says his coffee is indeed too strong for her. Experiment with fewer grounds if so but if you always measure with a measuring spoon, you'll be confident that your coffee will come out exactly the same every time once you find the way you like it!

    Also, don't store the opened grounds in the fridge or freezer...this can promote moldy growth because it introduces moisture to the grounds where none existed before. Just fold down the top of the bag tightly and seal it with an office binder clip or short piece of scotch tape and keep it in a dark cupboard away from heat. :)

    I recommend the Archer Farms blends from Target...affordable and always really good quality! And if you have leftover coffee at the end of the day, store it in a tupperware in the fridge and use it to make iced coffee the next day. :)

    1. Thanks for all the tips! I really appreciate you taking the time to explain all of that to me. :) I think I will probably start on the other end of the Jet Fuel spectrum and work my way up. Ha! I saw the Archer Farms blends at Target and they looked so good. There were so many flavor options, but I thought carrot cake looked the best.

      Iced coffee = my best friend in the summer.

      Have a wonderful Sunday.

  2. You are making me laugh! We had a Melitta (sp?) coffee maker for the longest time. We just dumped in the beans and it ground them up and made coffee. It was magic. It recently died. We got a new coffee maker (the exact same one you got there, because it was highly recommended for best value in a consumer reports-type magazine) and we can't find a ratio that suits us at all! We have almost given up to the point that we won't drink coffee on the weekends or we walk down to the neighborhood coffee shop. I am soooooooo going to try the ratio above.

    (P.S. I like it strong.)

    1. Wow, that does sound like magic. I picked that coffee maker because of reviews too.

      You have a neighborhood coffee shop you can walk to!?! Super jealous! I think I would give up on making coffee too. :)

  3. It might take a little experimentation to find the strength you like. I usually use a slightly heaping tablespoon per 12 oz water (2 "cups" of coffee - I find it very entertaining that a 12-cup coffee pot is not measured in cups in the normal 8 oz sense but each cup is 6 oz). I usually pour the coffee out of the bag that it came in into a sealable container so that I know it is well sealed in my cabinet and I can leave my measuring spoon in the container too so I don't have to search for a new one in the morning or anything annoying like that. I bought an extra tablespoon to keep with my coffee since my measuring spoons already get enough use.

    1. I also think it is so weird that a "cup" of coffee isn't 8 oz. It drives the scientist in me CRAZY.

      Thanks for the tips about the spoons - I have so many that Dan tries to throw them away. Ha! :)


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