Sunday, April 10, 2011

Stove-Top Coffee

A few months ago, the hubby and I started having coffee together a couple of times a week. We stick to Ethiopian coffees.  We were introduced to it by our friends who lived in Ethiopia for some time.  I was re-introduced to it by my good friend who I went to visit last August.  Her husband is Ethiopian and they enjoy it pretty regularly.  

Before having Ethiopian coffee, I always thought I did not like coffee. Loved the smell. The taste?  Not so much.  But I like Ethiopian coffee.  It has a mellow and even flavor.   I still don't like it enough to drink it everyday plus I am an avowed tea lover.  But I really enjoy having it with the hubby. 

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Anyway, my dad gave me a coffee maker and I was making the coffee in there for a few months until I broke the decanter while washing it.  Well, when I went to find the replacement I realized it would cost almost as much as a new coffee maker!  We don't drink coffee enough to justify actually buying a coffee maker and I did not feel like going through the effort of asking on Freecycle.

My friends who'd lived in Ethiopia made their coffee on the stovetop.  Heck, folks have been drinking coffee for centuries without coffee makers.  So I decided to figure it out and lo, and behold, it's not hard at all.  

First I boil some water and steep the coffee grounds in a 1 tablespoon coffee grounds to 1 cup fresh water ratio for about 5 minutes.  I strain it (using the filter that fit in the coffee maker) into a pot.  I bring the coffee to almost boiling and then pour it into a Thermos so it will stay hot until we're ready for it.  It's pretty effortless and I think I prefer the way the coffee tastes when I brew it this way.  

I'm glad to re-claim some of my precious counter space and I'm actually pretty pleased at how easy it is to make coffee without an appliance.  I feel like I did after I lost the paddle for my bread-maker and figured out how to make bread using my stand mixer.  Liberated, in a way.  

3 comments:

liberationtheory said...

That sounds so easy! It never occurred to me to make coffee without a coffee-maker. If I hadn't given up regular coffee 3 years ago, I would totally try this!

Serenity Love Sincere Peace Earth said...

I LOVE coffee. I drink it EVERYDAY. Multiple times a day. And loose tea too. Since I am the only one in my household that drinks hot beverages, I won't mess up a big coffee maker for the pleasure. I use a coffee press. Pour the grounds/tea in, add hot water and smoosh. To me it tastes more authentic than a coffee maker. I like all kinds of coffee, but kona is my favorite. If I can get it in bean form all the better.

DaenelT said...

I love coffee and never would have thought to make it without a decanter. Thanks for the tip.

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