I'm living in an interesting situation this summer... staying in downtown Madison in a graduate-level studio. It's cool because I can walk to the capitol and discover some really awesome things. At the same time, I'm re-living those college years I never really wanted.
At times, I also feel like I'm camping.
I have a french press maker, which makes a heck-of-a good cup of coffee. However, I am used to my electric coffee maker, which currently resides in North Carolina. I didn't want to pack our 4-cup spare because it's too small.
I also don't have a pot to boil water in, since the girl before me only had two skillets. So, here's my morning ritual:
1. I make fire! Not really. But there is fire involved.
2. I place my carafe in a pan of water. If you don't use a water bath, then stuff is likely going to get weird. I tried a few other bad ideas first, like putting the carafe directly on the stove and placing it in the pan without the water. No bueno.
3. I put the coffee in the french press and put on the lid. If I do 8 cups, I use 8 spoonfuls. It's not rocket science. I just add coffee until it looks okay.
4. And press down.
5. Wait a few minutes so that it can steep... then voila! My french press is getting a workout everyday and I love it. I only had one batch of bad coffee when I made it too light.