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Techniques - | Written by Lewis Spencer

How to make filter coffee

Making great filter coffee is an important skill which is the basis of many different coffee drinks, such as lattes, cappuccinos and iced coffees - but it is also a great way to get a simple caffeine fix with no fuss.

If you have a filter coffee machine, generally all you will have to do is put the ground beans in the right place, fit a filter and press a button to let the machine do all the hard work, providing you with a delicious, rich shot of coffee within five minutes.

But you can make filter coffee yourself without a machine. Use one tablespoon of ground coffee beans to between 100ml and 150ml of hot (but not boiling) water, depending on how strong you want your coffee. Stir this mixture and then gently heat it for three to four minutes.

In the meantime, you can prepare a coffee pot or mug by standing it ready, with a filter of some kind over the mouth of the jug or mug. Coffee filters are traditionally paper, as paper filters can trap even the smallest particles of coffee ground, but you can use a fine mesh strainer, or even clean fabric if you are improvising.

Allow the coffee to filter through in its own time – mashing or pressing the coffee grounds can force particles through the mesh, leaving you with muddy tasting coffee and a last mouthful that will be unpleasant to sip.

Once the coffee has all drained into the cup, dispose of the grounds, add milk and sugar if desired, and enjoy your home-brewed filter coffee.

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