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Melitta Ready Set Joe Single Cup Coffee Brewer black
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- 1 cup capacity
- Brew A Phenomenal Cup of Coffee
- Cone Fits All Cups
- Fast Easy Clean up
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This cone allows you to come up with your own perfect brewing recipe without wasting pounds and pounds of coffee. The way the beans are roasted, the quality of those beans, the amount of coffee grounds you use and how they're ground, the temperature of the water: all of these have a bearing on the taste of your coffee.
First, the water:
The industry standard for the ideal cup of coffee begins with a water temperature of 195-205 degrees. This is not quite boiling, which is why the "Monsieur Brew" brands make such bad coffee. Brewing with water at the boiling point over-extracts the beans, making for an overly bitter-tasting result.
Use a food thermometer to find this temperature range and use it with 2 tablespoons of coffee per 8 ounce cup of output as a starting point. Then vary the amount of grounds and water temperature as you see fit.
Now for the grind and blend of your coffee beans:
Melitta recommends that you get a coffee ground a little finer than the standard drip grind. You can easily get this done in one of the better supermarkets that has a coffee grinder for specialty coffees.
As for the blend, I'm not going to recommend brands, but the hallmark of inferior blends of coffee is that they start tasting sharp and nasty as they cool down. If this still happens with your Melitta filter after you've used the right amount of coffee and the right temperature of water, then you can blame it on your daily grind.Read more ›
First, I fill my coffee cup with hot tap water to preheat it. Then fill the Melitta brew cone with a #4 filter, and wet it down with hot tap water. I like the over size # 4 filters, it keeps grounds from going down the side of the filter using this technique.
Next, I heat room temperature spring water in a Pyrex glass measuring cup, using a microwave. If you measure the water, you can easily get the right microwave time to produce 185 F degrees. For me, it's about 1:50 for 8 oz. You want to avoid adding the coffee to boiling (212 F) water, it can make the coffee taste bitter. If it boils, let it cool for 60 seconds or so.
Then, I add the coffee, measured with a scooper, directly into the Pyrex cup full of hot water, and stir vigorously for 10-15 seconds. If you want, you can wait a little longer, depends on your taste.
Last, I pour the coffee and grounds into the Melitta cone/filter, which is placed over the empty pre-warmed coffee cup.
I think the end result is better, due to the longer contact time, and better ability to stir the coffee/hot water mixture. Give it a try yourself.
First off, I have done a lot of switching back and forth between various methods over the course of my 40+ years of drinking superior-bean coffee. My first introduction to coffee drinking and methodology was by a Dutch couple who owned a beautiful gourmet coffee and tea shop in my college town, Santa Barbara. I enjoyed their savoir faire, so I took their advice and bought a Melitta set: cone, filter papers, and a modest carafe. They had some exquisite models, but they were sympathetic to my college budget. They noted that I was able to discern subtle differences between coffee blends, and wanted me have the best tools for making coffee, not the most glamorous models available. God bless that wonderful couple.
Over the years I have come to prefer the darkest and boldest varieties of coffee, and I now buy Starbucks beans almost exclusively. I have been using a French press to get the taste I want, but bought this 1-cup filter as an alternative for when I want just one cup in the afternoon, and simple clean-up. But the filter seemed to take something away from the taste; it came out a little weaker, and definitely lacked the "edge" I got with my French press.
Then I read these reviews and tried again. Bingo Perfecto. I wouldn't know the result from the French press, except for the bit of grounds missing from the bottom of my cup. Here's what made the difference:
1. Definitely be bold and use more coffee if it tastes too weak! I used 2 heaping tablespoons in my French press. I use 2 heaping and one shallow tablespoon in the Melitta.
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Drip brewing is really done best in very large volumes because some of the beans' flavors are not extracted immediately unless a super fine grind is used. Small volume drip brewing tends to overextract finely ground coffee and underextract coarser grinds whereas large volumes of water tend to even everything out regardless of the coarseness of grind provided there is sufficient volume of coffee grounds. In small volumes, a perfect medium is difficult to achieve and using the right volume of coffee grinds is also important as too much will result in overextraction of the most available compounds whereas too little will result in a watery brew. Finer coffee will slow the drip down whereas coarser grinds will drain faster. Finer grinds conserve coffee beans but require more precise quantities.
With this type of brewer, you are in control of the water temperature and I've found it makes a big difference. Near boiling water tends to overextract tannic acids and make a bitter brew. Although some reputable experts suggest 190-200 degree water, I've found that 180-185 degree water produces less bitterness. It must go into a pre-heated cup.
The plastic here I understand is polypropylene -- no BPA, phthalates or PVC. I doubt ceramic versions are safer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have the old, red cone and the problem with it was that you never knew when your cup was full.
if you were over by an ounce or two, a huge mess ensued. Read more
Quick and easy to use, and makes a delicious cup of coffee. There's nothing else to say about it. Oh PS it was inexpensive tooPublished 3 hours ago by Amazon Customer
What can i say I've bought a ton of these. I keep leaving them in hotel rooms and friends' houses when I am on the road. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Melodie Sheppard
Everyone loves it. Fresh cup every time no stale cold pot. Easier to clean too.Published 12 hours ago by J.Feuling
Have used Melita filters for decades and this new design is a great improvement over my old paper filter holders. The ribbed interior greatly aids coffee water flow. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Ancient Arch
Fantastic for a single cup. The rim underneath doesn't quite fit properly on my travel mug and I have to hold it, but it fits perfectly on cups and mugs. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Daisy
I wish I had kept my old one safe from B; he thought it was too tired & tossed it before I got to review the new one. Read morePublished 1 day ago by gail cooks
I have to pour over at least twice to get a good strength. I don't want to put a lot of coffee in it because that's a waste. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amiela K.