I got an email yesterday and a question the day before about the coffee pot that’s sitting on the cook stove in the Hot Spot post from a couple of days ago.
Maybe other readers are interested in that coffee pot too. So what follows below is some old-fashioned show and tell.
We have hard water on our farm. And hard water has killed every electric drip coffee maker that we’ve ever owned. So years ago we gave up on electric coffee makers and switched to either range top perked coffee or the Melitta pour over system for coffee.
Both methods make good coffee. But both methods have drawbacks for our particular household.
Stove top perked coffee is wonderful but takes too long on most mornings.
The Melitta system uses expensive paper filters and I’m not wild about buying disposable anything.
So a few years ago while on a Lehman’s Hardware trip we found a Lindys stainless steel drip coffee maker in their “Lehman’s Outlet” store for $40.
(Lehman’s Outlet is really the scratch and dent section from the old store that was moved out of the store into another building after their big expansion)
The coffee maker consists of 4 pieces: a lid, basket, basket top and pot that all fit together.
Here’s how to make a really good cup of coffee with one.
Set a kettle of water on to boil.
Place the basket on top of the pot.
Measure ground coffee into the basket well
and then place the basket top over the coffee.
We use 1 tablespoon of regular ground grocery store coffee to 1 cup of water.
After the water begins to boil remove it from the heat.
Allow the water to just cease boiling and quickly pour the water over top of the basket assembly.
Allow the hot water to drip through.
After the coffee has finished dripping, remove the entire basket assembly from the pot and set aside.
We usually set it on top of bowl because sometimes it will still drip a little coffee.
The lid is put on top of the pot and the coffee pot can then be set on the stove to keep it warm.
The manufacture suggests the use of paper coffee filters but we have found that with paper coffee filters much more coffee needs to be used. Without the paper filters sometimes grounds will get into the bottom of the coffee pot but it’s not bad. I’d rather put up with some grounds than have to keep buying paper filters and extra coffee.
The non-electric stainless steel coffee pots are expensive. But they pay for themselves over time. We have used our coffee pot every day for well over 3 or 4 years without a problem.