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From beans to cup this instructable will show you the whole process right the way through...
 
 
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Step 1: Getting your beans.

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You can get your pre-roasted beans from loads of places, many coffee shops, starbucks and clements included, along with your local supermarket.

Reading the packet/can should help you choose though phrases like 'rich aroma' and 'subtle blends' are a given, look for the kind of coffee you like/want, remember if ytou want you can get flavour infused beans aswell, though if they are much more expensive than the same without the flavour consider infusing them at home.

Step 2: Grind 'Em Up!

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Our next step is to grind the beans for one of our three ways of making the coffee, use a coarser grind for making it with a French press or cafetiere, fine ground are generally great for the fancy coffee machines and filter ones alike.

If you don't have a coffee grinder think outside the box a little, a herb grinder can work or possibly a blender if you are a blendtec employee...

Step 3: Making: The French press/cafetiere

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This one isn't too complicated, put a little hot water in the bottom of the cafetiere to warm the glass, swill it out and put in your grounds, most people have the little spoon/mini ladle, that gives you a pretty decent amount per cup though a heaped dessert spoon of grounds per cup is a reasonable measure.

Add your boiling water up to the level just below the highest point the filter will sit at, not a paper filter, the mesh circle that is...

Let your coffee brew! This isn't instant, wait between 6 and 8 minutes get the biscuits out, potter around but don't take it early and ruin the coffee quality...

After the time is up slowly and carefully slide the plunger on top down to the bottom, take care doing this or you'll end up with gritty coffee.

When pouring go slowly, it'll help keep the grounds from unsettling, especially on the last cup.
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mikebook2 years ago
My moka pot hasn't had any issues with pressure, but the coffee is extremely bitter. I thought the point of espresso was that it was made so quickly it didn't have time to get bitter. Nothing like any of the espressos I've gotten in cafés here in Europe. I think my grind might be too coarse, but coming from the U.S., I haven't seen espresso grind up close before, and I'm not sure. Any ideas?
furlow2 years ago
Grind size is key to this maker, you should have it finer than press pot coarse, but not as fine as espresso coffee. As others have said, don't pack it down, this is normally the cause of spluttering and the safety valve going and you end up with no coffee.
furlow2 years ago
I guess it depends on the coarsness of your grind, but I would never brew a press pot for that long, normally its about 3-4mins maybe 5 maximum. Anymore and it will probably taste quite bitter. Also most say that you should use water just off the boil to prevent any unwanted bitterness.
ifredsayred4 years ago
The only thing I'd add to this excellent instructable has to do with the French press method. I've found that after pouring the water, take a spoon and give it a good stir before placing the plunger top back on. That way the coffee grounds mix in completely with water instead of having some grounds sit on top. Very nicely done!
I second that. Stirring the grounds with the hot water releases the carbon gasses expelled from the beans and aerates the coffee for a fuller richer taste.
Oooo I'll try that! I use a French Press, and in my opinion, it's the best way to make coffee.
foxli2 years ago
Thanks for sharing this--I recently acquired a french press that has no instructions. With your help, I made such a good cup of joe I'm giving away my old Mr Coffee!
mabey theres something wrong w/ me i use a heaping tablespoon per cup }:]
Haha. Try two. That's what I do for my morning brew. ;) Puts a little pep in my step. Just a little.
Table spoon and dessert spoon are the same thing methinks, tea spoons the little one but looking at my table and dessert spoons I see nothing to differentiate other than what they got stamped on in the factory...
durn it im not as hardcore as i thought B/ haha
vumbaka3 years ago
You MUST NOT pack the cofee tightly,or teh hot water can't run well into the coffee,resulting in a disgusting quality of beverage.

(I'm italian,I know hot to make a GOOD coffee...)
seamaas3 years ago
most stove top espresso maker's have a release valve on the side it is that brass thing at the top of #1
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killerjackalope (author)  seamaas3 years ago
They do but if you get it wrong they'll still blast the grounds over the kitchen, it just stops the boiled piece from exploding under pressure though...
that is true
roobs5 years ago
wait, where does the coffee go??
thartaros roobs4 years ago
right on number 3
No it's on #2 which is the basket
creasemaker4 years ago
I just ran across you Instructable, and thought I'd show you the espresso maker I found at a surplus store 25 years ago.It came with "NO" instructions, and the people in the store did even know what it was. It came from Italy( has "made in Italy " on it) and has the name "La Sorentina" on it.
the first I tried to use it ,with help from my know it all brother inlaw, I shot coffee every were, because removed part that held the coffee while it was still under pressure. after some research several years latter I got it to work and saw it in a book as an "atomic  style"  and it still makes a great cup.

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kitschykat4 years ago
Is it one spoonful of ground coffeevper 6 oz., 8 oz. or 10 oz. cup?
arhodes184 years ago
you don't have the siphon/vacuum maker...
Bartboy5 years ago
Drip coffee?.....
killerjackalope (author)  Bartboy5 years ago
Done and added...
I is happy.
:D
Knex has made it into another featured ible!
Victory at last!

you have no idea how >:( I'd be if it became un-featured..... lol
killerjackalope (author)  Bartboy5 years ago
Well it's actually a good example of a drip coffee maker, though if I ever do find myself making coffee the drip method I'll make it right it to the cup more often than not...
killerjackalope (author)  Bartboy5 years ago
Bugger I'm sorry, never got round to it before I got kicked out... Will fix now...
marijuana is not physically addictive
killerjackalope (author)  highoncatnip5 years ago
Eh what? I didn't mention weed? The spammer below, if you want to reply to him, it's the bottom right corner of his comment, that reply button...
DougHardy5 years ago
Another thing to help prevent explosive coffee syndrome is to put your moka on LOW heat, as the instructions state. Combined with the loose packing of coffee, this is all you need. It's really a wonderful espresso maker. :)
markie1615 years ago
The key to your exploding coffeepot syndrome is where you say that the water, “expands enough to be forced through the packed in coffee...” Do NOT pack the coffee into this coffeepot or it can build up too much presser and burst. Just fill the holder and level it off, I've used these for years and never had any bursting issues.
killerjackalope (author)  markie1615 years ago
It also has a pressure realease valve, which failed to activate, not actually sure why it burst like it did...
merseyless5 years ago
The Italian's are upset, and they are coming...
Paul555 years ago
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killerjackalope (author)  Paul555 years ago
No spam please.
now i drink like three cups of coffee a day
i was first introduced to my caffine addiction (it runs in the family :) ) when i had a BFC monster before a school dance. i swear people thought i was on crack. i dont actually enjoy the dances, i just go so i can double back after my mom drops me off and buy a ton of energy drinks
whatsisface5 years ago
I had 3 coffees and a red bull in the space of two hours today. I was speaking really fast apparently.
killerjackalope (author)  whatsisface5 years ago
I remember the only time I've truly been hit by a monster caffeine rush was when I had seven hammerheads back to back while meeting with someone (hammerhead - two shots espresso, filter coffee to top up to a big mug) it was stressful conversation so it was a case of coffee at all times and several cigarettes, the girls at the shop were talking to me after and gave me a fully stamped loyalty card because it was so funny for them... So next week in for my free one and I end up missing a thing I was supposed to go to because they started chatting to me...
When I went to the dominican repulic when I was 9, I sat in a bar drinking ( virgin : ( ) margaritas and espressos almost all day ; 0
So it's hammerheads that I love drinking... I always wondered what the term actually was.
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