I Made a Single Cup of Coffee With…A Cone!
(A “Dripper cone” that is.)
Every now and then I take a break from my trusty Keurig to try new things. Have you ever used a dripper cone before? If not, you’re in store for a real treat. I kinda sorta knew about that…by some happy accident I was offered a chance to test one out on the house a couple of years ago.
Hey if you get offered something for free and it’s something you might enjoy using, take it, you have nothing to lose. So here I did…and if you saw this puppy up close you might be like, “Wow, just that little thing makes coffee?”
Yep, it does. Here’s the skinny…. You’ve got the base, which sets right on top of your coffee cup, and the cone shaped dripper. That’s it. Nothing to plug in. Before you ask, these are not a brand new invention.
Here’s everything I got to test:
Apparently back in the day (don’t ask me what era for certain) a certain somebody by the name of Melitta Bentz came up with this nifty device and now surprise, surprise, her name has gone onto a line of dripper cones on the market today. You may already be familiar with Melitta brand filters. I know that’s a post for another day, so continuing on with my experience….
To get started, just set the base on top of your coffee mug and set the dripper cone into it. Scoop into the cone about a tablespoon of your favorite grounds, maybe a little more if you need the extra caff….now set some water on the stovetop to heat up. Here is where I really need to upgrade a little…A teakettle works best for this…preferably one of those new ones on the market today with a built-in thermometer on top.
When the temp reaches somewhere between 180 and 195 degrees F (remember that water boils at 212 degrees so don’t let it get to that point) pour it into your dripper cone. The grounds and the hot water will mingle together for a little while then it will start to drip, drip drip. into your cup.
And there you have it, fresh brewed coffee, one cup, just for you. This would be great to take on camping trips, anywhere you might be traveling that if there is access to a stove or even one of those single burners, I don’t know what they’re called….but this has got to be the most portable coffee making apparatus ever,
Only things to point out…It is tricky to see how much water you should pour in, as I didn’t measure it….the average cup of coffee being about 8-9 oz, for me anyway, it is hard to tell while glimpsing into the little opening in the base.
I’m unsure of the brand of this one I have, and even though I got it to test I hope I don’t sound biased or anything, I should mention that these remarks would be the same if I had not been given this on the house. It also came with a nice hefty measuring scoop. If you’d like to try out one like this, here are some similar models:
The teakettle on the right with the skinny gooseneck is made just for this purpose and has the thermometer built in too.
I’m still unsure of how this cone makes coffee good, I don’t use it enough to make my Keurig jealous, but give it a try, and see for yourself, is this cool or what? It doesn’t hurt to diversify sometimes.Well that’s the “brews” report for the day!