How to make coffee with a funnel

October 19, 2010


That’s right – I’m shamelessly going for the Google search with that title.

I have a definite caffeine addiction, and it mostly rears its ugly head on the weekends. On weekdays I usually have had two or three cups of coffee by 7:30, and on weekends if I don’t wake up until 8 or 9, the headache has already set in.

I got this mug from a preschooler years ago. They know me so well.

I forgot to make a batch of cold brew coffee this past weekend (it’s an overnight process), and my old one-cup coffee maker met with a terrible end after I discovered it had been put away in the basement with coffee grounds inside. (Can you say ‘mold farm’?) Anyway, I went to my tried-and-true method of brewing coffee with a funnel.

Ready, set, shake!

It’s just folding a coffee filter, putting it in a coffee mug with some coffee grounds and pouring water over it. If you use a little funnel, it has an advantage over those one-cup-coffee gadgets that just sits on top of the cup and brews weak coffee. With the funnel, when you pour the water in, only so much water can actually go into the cup before it reaches some sort of equilibrium. The water gets stuck in the funnel, steeping until you lift the funnel out. A larger funnel will still work, but you get weaker coffee due to less steepage. (That is a word, spellchecker! Sheesh, live a little!)

See this very technical diagram, drawn on the back of my bank statement:

The funnel – almost as multitasky as a stool. (Get a hobby, spellchecker.)

Note: Someone is actually searching for this! To improve drainage, put a skewer or something between the filter and the funnel wall. Happy drinking!

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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7 Responses to “How to make coffee with a funnel”

  1. Brad Said on:

    You could be like that guy who gets dropped in the middle of nowhere and survives on the land. Is it called Man vs. Wild? Except you’d be in a kitchen and without a coffee maker, showing how to make coffee with a funnel. Lauren vs. Coffee.

    See what I did there? I said “how to make coffee with a funnel” again. Oh! I just did it again! You’re welcome.


  2. Peggy Said on:

    Before I read ‘How to make coffee with a funnel’, I thought you were making some sort of caramel/chocolate dessert from the 1st little picture.

    I applaud your resourcefulness for getting your fix! Any ideas how I can conjure up something up when I need a chocolate fix?


  3. christina Said on:

    Ahhh….if only Brittney read your blog….she made coffee this morning, with the tea pot. I noticed there were quite a few coffee grounds lying around the kitchen and floating in her coffee!


  4. Keren Lowell Said on:

    Mmm. Stronger coffee….


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