How to Make Darn Good “Old-Fashioned” Coffee

Yea, I know, it’s not ‘wild’. But it IS cookery! I use decaf organic coffee, so close enough. 😛

We’ve got a huge problem with most people not knowing how to cook these days. And it’s not their fault. No one took the time to teach them growing up. They were too busy having a ‘childhood’. Half the nice folks I talk to can’t even make real oatmeal… so here we go.

You will need:

1 medium saucepan with a lid.
Enough water to almost fill the saucepan (Leave ½” space at the top)
Your favorite ground coffee

Put the pan on the stove on medium. If you have 10 temperature settings on your burner, you’ll want to put it on a 4.

Immediately add 2 tablespoons of ground coffee to the water whilst the water is still cold. It’s very important to do it this way. You want to slowly ease the flavors out of the grounds. Not shock them. Cover the pan with the lid.

Now, you will need to attend this until you know how long it takes to boil. Approximately 15 – 20 minutes depending on your elevation. Resist the urge to put the temperature higher. You’ll just come out with crappy tasting coffee.

Now, let me define ‘boil’. Boil to me, in these coffee terms, is that bubbles are just breaking the surface. Not to be confused with a ‘roiling boil’. You aren’t making pasta here. If you can smell the coffee 4 rooms over, that’s all of your essential bean oils that are being burnt out of your coffee, and it is NOT a good thing.

So… watch your pot, and when it starts to bubble a bit, take it off the heat and set it on another burner for about 5 minutes. This will allow the grounds to settle so you can pour it off.

I pour mine into a conventional coffee pot. If you make coffee, you most likely have one of these somewhere. If not, use another equal sized or larger pan. Carefully take the lid off of the pan, being cautious not to burn yourself with the steam (IT’S HOT!) and SLOWLY pour the coffee into the coffee pot/other pan.

With practice you’ll be able to get 99% of the liquid out of this with zero grounds. But for your first try, don’t be afraid to leave some liquid in the pan, so as to be sure not to get any grounds in your coffee. The last thing you want your first taste is to get a mouthful of grounds.

Now, if you like sugar or milk in your coffee, add those as you normally would. I like to add 1 teaspoon of dark brown sugar or maple syrup to mine. It’s absolutely delicious.

Typical comments I get are “Wow!, all the bitter is gone.” And “If I knew coffee could taste this good, I’d have done this years ago!”

I’ve had people who couldn’t even drink coffee without a ton of sugar to mask the sucky bitter under-taste, go to drinking it this way… BLACK… because the vast majority of the bitter is gone. I’ve also had people who couldn’t even stand the SMELL of coffee before, (as it is typically acrid and burnt) turn into die hard coffee lovers.

Things like espresso machines totally ruin coffee. They burn the beans. The temperature is simply too high.

GOING BEAN (as opposed to ‘going green)

What would be more ‘green’ than recycling your coffee grounds? And by recycle I mean get some real use out of more than once?

Now, this isn’t the coolest part. Oh no. The coolest part is that you can re-use these grounds for about five days, and still get coffee that comes out almost as good as day 1.

Simply re-fill the pot with water to the previous level, put the lid on it, and put it back on the stove on the shut off burner. When you want more coffee, just turn the burner back on, add ONE TABLESPOON additional coffee to the existing pot, and prepare as normal.

The only reason I discard after five days is because the level of actual coffee goes down as the percentage of coffee grounds to water ratio rises. In other words, you get a little less liquid each day, because the space in the pot is taken up by coffee grounds.

The coffee doesn’t get yucky tasting under normal conditions. Though in the heat of summer I only keep it for an additional day or two if it’s really hot out. In the winter, spring and fall, it’ll keep for four to five days easy.

I know you might not believe it. But try it, and you’ll see.

So, who wants to be brave and be the first to try this and provide some feedback? 😉

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