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Old 09-01-2013, 01:36 PM   #15
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Hi, I have a new Bodum burr coffee grinder, but some of the grindings are still tiny. My grinder has 12 positions I set it on the 3rd one from the largest. We like to grind our own now. We also have an electric drip coffee maker in our trailer, but I don't like the idea of my coffee brewing in plastic. [we don't use this one anymore] And we have two electric / stainless steel percolators at home, but they seem to be too hot, too cool, or too medium, so we like our stove tops better.
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Old 09-01-2013, 02:32 PM   #16
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I was punching holes in the drip filters, too. The coffee service at work was trashing several packages of filters that came in the boxes of individual coffee packets every week, because they were too small for the big catering-size tanks we use to make coffee for the office. I started taking the regular size filters out of the boxes and leaving them on the counter, and people started taking them home.

Anyway, used these for awhile before finding the Bodum stainless steel French press pot we have now. However, we also use Tasters Choice instant coffee sometimes, when we are in a hurry to get going in the morning and don't have time to clean the pot. Taster's Choice actually isn't too bad when you get used to it, but still not as good as fresh (real) coffee.
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:26 PM   #17
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Great idea! I love percolated coffee, but hate the clean up. This would make it much easier.
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:47 PM   #18
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Very interesting. I can't live without my coffee. FYI I have seen a couple propane powered coffee makers too, by Coleman. One is a stove top type so I wonder if it would work on our stoves or if it needs a coleman stove underneath.

http://goo.gl/qXVAXW propane powered

http://goo.gl/XoSgBw stove top drip type with glass carafe
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:59 PM   #19
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After tasting perk coffee, I can't imagine that a few grounds (or perhaps any foreign substance) could make any appreciable difference.
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:47 PM   #20
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Doesn't or didn't Folgers sell coffee in "tea bag" or a "donut shaped filter with the coffee inside? This would save alot of work; but being retired, what is time?
They do, and they are palatable, but not really "real coffee", in our opinion.



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Old 09-01-2013, 06:15 PM   #21
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I don't want to start "coffee wars", but after years and years of drinking Folgers and Yuban, then finally discovering the difference between robusta and arabica beans, grinding our own coffee, and trying a French press, canned Folgers just doesn't make the grade anymore.

I guess when I was in the Air Force and the old coffee never got thrown out, just more coffee made (our shop chief had a fit when someone washed out the pot; he said it was just getting "seasoned" good!), I got used to the thick dark brew that dissolved spoons.

It's hard to believe that one day I'd pay $3-4 for a cup of coffee that I need our granddaughter's help ordering, because I can't figure out exactly what kind of beans or serving size I want.
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I've been trying to get the cat to swallow a quantity of green coffee beans so that I can harvest them later for some of that really expensive hot shot coffee(Kopi luwak) I see on the internet. By the look of things, I wont get much and the cat is giving me (if you'll excuse the term) the dogeye. Maybe I need a kopicat? I'll just go get another cup of coffee!
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Always better to grind your own beans. Best to buy 100% Colombian or, at least a known country, rather than a blend. Blended coffees like Folgers and most other cheaper brands are a mixture and come from countres like Vietnam. Ground coffee is allowed to contain 15% foreign substances like twigs and leaves and who knows what other things. For boondocking, I have a dripolator but usually just use my electric drip maker by pouring the hot water in and then putting the pot back in place. But I do like the perc filters. If you must have perc coffee, best without those grounds.
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I remember when grandma would put cold well water in the blue enameled coffee pot and boil it on the cook stove powered by corn cobs. Us kids would be given the job of grinding the coffee beans with the old box with the crank on top. She would than measure (?) out the ground beans into a piece of old flour sack and tie the top with string. This was than added to the boiling water. After a period of time she would add an egg complete with shell and break it into the pot. She would let this boil.some more . Anny coffee ground that had escaped was captured by the egg. The coffee was now ready to drink, and oh the smell.
She would now pour it into cups with saucer. Being Swedish, fresh cream and sugar was added.
Now my friend, that was coffee.
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Wow Captain, those are some expensive filters. We use, and have used for over 30 years, the square shaped filters in the photo. We pick them up at the local grocery store and get something like 40 for just a couple of bucks.

I like the idea of using coarser ground coffee in the percolator but then that would require having access to fine grind for the drip, medium for the french press and coarse for the most often used perking pot. Ugh, this is against my KISS principle so we just go with the square shaped filters.
I think maybe you missed one of the numbers in that Amazon listing. It's for 40 packs of 12 filters each. It's not a great price, but it works out to $3.81 per 100 Melitta filters, which is a pretty normal price for Melitta cone filters at least. #4 cones are $2.98/100 on walmart's site, they're $3.99 or so per hundred at my local grocery that sells decent beans.
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I use an electric percolator, the holes in the "metal filter" are real small so the grounds are not too bad I just pass on the last mouthful!!

Of course I cheat and use an electric drip when I'm in a hurry.
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I remember when grandma would put cold well water in the blue enameled coffee pot and boil it on the cook stove powered by corn cobs. Us kids would be given the job of grinding the coffee beans with the old box with the crank on top. She would than measure (?) out the ground beans into a piece of old flour sack and tie the top with string. This was than added to the boiling water. After a period of time she would add an egg complete with shell and break it into the pot. She would let this boil.some more . Anny coffee ground that had escaped was captured by the egg. The coffee was now ready to drink, and oh the smell.
She would now pour it into cups with saucer. Being Swedish, fresh cream and sugar was added.
Now my friend, that was coffee.
Great story!

Doug's almost-96 year old mother, born/raised in Iowa and lived there all her life, could probably tell a similar one.


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Hi, I have this nice stove top percolator. [actually I have two] We keep one in our trailer and one in our house. Problem is, we need a filter to keep the grinds out of our coffee. I could use no filter, a disc filter, or a drip filter. None of these choices work well. So I have decided to custom modify my own filters.
I have a RevereWare percolator and use 4 cup coffee filters and push the bottom of the filter onto the tube coming up through the basket till it pushes through the filter, easy and quick.
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