Simplify your kitchen, get rid of those space hogging unnecessary appliances that consume energy, and get back to the basics:
A stainless steel pot, boiling water, freshly ground coffee and a metal tea strainer.
That is it, that is all, no fuss. The pot and the strainer are washable and reusable for decades!
It wasn’t always this way for us, it just happened as we downsized, as we moved to a smaller apartment, as we moved abroad to our homestead and became ever more eco-conscious… then one peaceful morning it hit us – just as our Bodum French Press glass carafe exploded into shards all over the kitchen floor.
It was a sad, sad, few moments, thinking that our coffee days were over. After a frantic search and the harsh realization that there was no store in Hungary to buy a replacement carafe and since this was our third one, we decided to think
Sometimes looking to the past is like looking at a catalogue of practicalities.
Being resourceful we opted to use our smallest saucepan, measured out two cups of water and brought the water to a rolling boil.
Add the coarsely ground delicious organic coffee beans to the boiling water, stir, take it off the heat and let it steep/brew under a lid for about 5 minutes. 1 T. for every cup of water – make it as strong or weak as you like, but please drink it black! At the very least use milk or cream and absolutely nothing artificial… coffee may be good or bad for you, but unpronouncable ingredients are definitely not the key to beaming health.
Slip the heart warming broth through the strainer…
Pour a second cup …
and enjoy with some freshly baked spelt hazelnut crescents. No secret recipe, just a blend of ground nuts, raw butter, whole spelt flour and local honey.
Next time your glass breaks and you think about energy consumption, reach for your saucepan, boil the water, add the grounds and a few minutes later enjoy the taste of simplicity. It is entirely possible to brew coffee without a coffee maker.
There are no plastic parts and the clean up is easy too.
How do you brew?