My new micro coffee filter about 2" across
It's been a while since I talked of coffee. Well, we got one of the Keurig coffee makers recently, so my regular “pot of Joe” has been semi-retired. I could not cost justify buying the fancy little variety packs that are in the store, so we have a reusable cartridge where I put my ground beans.
I have experimented and found that if I add about 8 seconds to the VitaMix it makes a finer grind that gives me an espresso style texture and more flavor out of the brew. One loading of the cartridge can make 2 1/2 large cups of coffee.
Now I don’t drink it as strong as restaurant offerings anymore because my mother-in-law likes it weaker, so I got used to a compromise. I brew my first cup, add a little water, then brew a second time for me, then add some water to her cup.
I’m happy so far. No old pots of coffee, and it seems as if I am using less coffee. Probably not a lot less, but any savings is always appreciated. The Keurig was free so I did not spend anything to try it. (ask me privately where)
I’ve found that if I let the coffee dry out in the reusable cartridge, (maybe an hour or two) the coffee grounds pop out a lot easier for cleaning. Of course, if I am absorbing coffee on a particular day, that is not possible, so even hot and wet grounds are no big deal.
I have not tried to calculate if I am saving electricity by only heating the amount of water I am going to use for those cups. I never used the warmer much on the drip grind machine because it would eventually make the coffee rather stout and give it a burned taste. I would let it cool naturally and IF I felt I needed hot coffee, I would pop it in the microwave.
Of course,my wife thinks it tastes burned anyway. Used to be great when we had out coffee shop and people asked her for her favorite. How about Kaluha, cream and hold the coffee? :-/