The coffee maker sitting on your kitchen, isn’t the only method to make drip coffee. There’s an even simpler method called the pour over. It takes everything out of the traditional coffee maker except the basket and the filter.
Melitta recently sent me two of their single cup brewers to test out, the Ready Set Joe with a coffee mug and the Ready Set Joe with a travel mug.
As far as making the coffee, it doesn’t get much simpler. You put the Ready Set Joe on top of your mug, put in the filter, add the coffee grounds and pour in hot water.
I recommend using about two tablespoons of finely coffee grounds per cup and the heat the water to just below boiling.
What I like about the Ready Set Joe is that it allows more control over the brewing process. It lets me use whatever temperature I like. It allows me to pour the water across the grounds slower than a traditional coffee maker. These two things can really change the final taste of the coffee. For me, I was able to make coffee that felt smoother and had a cleaner taste.
Another plus, is that I can take the Ready Set Joe just about anywhere. I’m taking it with me next time I travel somewhere, go camping or just head down to the office. It’s just a small plastic basket, so there’s no need for me to lug around full size coffee maker when I just want one cup of coffee.
Of course, that is the one drawback. This style only makes one cup of coffee at a time. There are other models that are larger and come with a carafe so that you can make more coffee.
Overall, this is a very simple, but effective way to make quality coffee without all of the hassle and cleanup of a full size coffee maker. If you haven’t tried manual pull over brewing, I suggest giving it a try.
Have you ever tried this method of brewing before? What did you think?