We have used various 4 cup or 10 cup drip coffee makers in recent years.
During that time we transitioned from buying ground coffee to buying only
coffee beans. A little coffee mill can be had for around 10-15 dollars US.
Not as good as a fancy burr grinder, I'm sure, but most satisfactory anyway.
I now have a special blend of coffee I use almost exclusively. It consists of
some dark roast Cuban beans, some medium dark roast Ethiopian beans,
and a spoonful of relatively cheap ground Colombian on top in the basket,
seems to add some flavor overtones we like. It's great coffee!
I also brew individual cups, and was surprised to learn that my practice
was somewhat of a fad- 'hand poured'. For this, you can take a small screen
type strainer, about 3in diameter (7.5cm) which just fits atop the drinking
mug. Into it you place a small 'No. 2' cone filter of the brown (unbleached)
type. Put your ground coffee in the filter and slowly
pour boiling water over
it. Once you have mastered this simple method, it doesn't seem like all
that much of a hassle to fuss with strainers and filters and such. Not good
if you are in a hurry, of course. Lately I've been using ground Gevalia to
do it this way. It's been pretty good, and is a lot less trouble than the 10 cup
pot at Betty's. BTW over the years I learned that it was worth the trouble
to press and form fit the cone filter into the screen hemisphere of the
strainer, and even pre-wet the filter a bit, just to assure it is hugging the
bottom of the strainer. No fun to have the works shifting around as you
begin your pour... This method has made me some darned good coffee
over the years, allowing a lot of experimentation to find the right beans
and the right blends.
Betty and I are both dedicated coffee drinkers but we've both decreased
the amount we drink over a day. Lately we go through perhaps a single
5 cups or so made in the 10 cup drip machine- between us. Years ago, I
drank way more... If we go out to a restaurant, we usually drink more
than that... we might
order water, we always order coffee...
I also drink a fair amount of a custom hydration beverage during the day.
It's not all coffee here. Just some pure cranberry juice (no sugar/additives)
well diluted with chilled seltzer (~1:5) and sweetened with liquid Stevia
drops. Delicious! Does keep me from becoming dehydrated...
Edited by Cluttermagnet, 05 October 2015 - 09:19 AM.