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I’m getting away from my mormon parents for college! What do I need in a “starter kit” for making coffee without spending too much?(r/Coffee)
The advice so far has been overkill. To make a simple, inexpensive cup of great coffee you only need a few things:
*A coffee cone. You can probably buy one at a grocery store
*Filters for the cone
*Grinder. If you’re just getting into brewing your own coffee you don’t need to splurge on the burr grinder. It’s definitely item to have, but you can use a blade grinder and make an excellent cup of coffee.
The method is simple. Put a filter in the cone, put the cone on top of your coffee drinking vessel of choice. Heat the water until it boils, then wait a bit for it cool down a little. You don’t want it boiling when you pour it over your coffee. Grind your beans, about 1 tablespoon of beans for 6ounces of water (I’m assuming you are American. I’m not going to bother with metric conversion, or weight). So a 16oz coffee much would be 2 1/2 tablespoons, roughly (I usually just round up and go with 3). Pour water slowly over grounds until all the grounds are soaked, and wait while the coffee drips into the cup. Don’t pour all the water at once. Wait until the water level goes down some, and then add some more. You may need to do this 3 or 4 times.
That’s it. Wait to cool, add whatever floats your boat, and enjoy. A french press is another great way to enjoy coffee, but the press will set you back more than the cone. Although with the press you don’t buy filters, it will have to be regularly cleaned.