Coffee brewing

I’m on a 10 day sit now and the preferred coffee brewing method in the house is an electric percolator. I haven’t perked coffee in 40 years I think. Coffee is good but percolators are a pain to clean.
My current brew at home is cold brew.

I have an electric percolator. It’s definitely a different lifestyle choice. I don’t think any of my sitters have actually used it and I offer a couple of alternatives – a small stovetop espresso maker, and a cone for pourover. It’s not any harder to clean than Mr. Coffee type glass carafe, but once a week I might do the vinegar thing. I love the coffee!

When I sit I am terrified of breaking and being held responsible for breaking a fancy coffee maker. I am not a fan of pods as I really like the low acid organic stuff we get and take it with me. I also found a great product. Very inexpensive collapsable silicone cones that sit on top of the coffee cup. You can find some that don’t need filters. Ours use #2 filters. I love having two so I can just boil the water in a kettle and pour it over directly into our mugs so we can have coffee at the same time and you don’t lose heat like with pourover methods where you have to make the coffee and then pour it into the cup. I am probably going to get a second set for sitters. Providing a photo but no produt link.
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Aeropress.

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I prefer Aeropress, too. Since there are only two of us at home, there’s no need to make a big pot of coffee. Plus it’s quick and easy.
We also occasionally use our Breville espresso machine, but it’s a bit too complex for me and though I love good coffee, I’m not a big coffee nerd.

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@Marion What a great find! And Temu sells them 2/$6.45 including 20 filters. Easy to pack, light weight. Thanks.

Ha. I just bought two more so I can leave a pair for sitters who are afraid of electric percolators! We love traveling with these!

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@Marion I just ordered one of those to take on my upcoming trip to Europe.

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As a sitter, this is one of the first questions I ask the homeowners - do you have a coffee maker and what type? We’re just old fashioned drip coffee lovers. On local house sits we have a little travel coffee maker we bring with our own coffee. We’ve encountered every type of coffee maker imaginable on sits and usually just go with the flow as to what the homeowners have. We always bring some instant coffee too to make do until we get settled into the sit. Our next question is always “do you have a toaster” - air fryers seem to be taking place of toasters and ugh don’t like them!

Electric percolators can indeed brew a tasty cup, but I understand the hassle of cleaning them. Cold brew at home is a fantastic alternative, offering a smooth and refreshing flavor without the need for complicated equipment. Have you experimented with different beans or brewing times to tailor the cold brew to your taste preferences?

We’re French press kids all the way & carry one with us in Turkey @toml just in case there’s only Nescafé in the house!! Eeekkkk. :rofl::rofl: #crimeofcrimes

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I rarely drink coffee and don’t even know how to make it, but on sits I sometimes order premade cold brew via DoorDash supermarkets and add premade chocolate syrup. Combine in a travel bottle or such and shake till frothy. Tasty.

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Your Nescafé reference reminded me of these, which my dad used to drink when we were kids. I can still smell them, because he used to order us kids to make him cups.

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Are these nice @Maggie8K? Never seen Anything like it!

They were pretty gross, IMO. I don’t think they even make them any more.

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Agreed that they were gross. Very unpleasant aftertaste.

Probably made out of stuff scraped from the bottom of toxic bins, LOL.

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@Marion thats what we carry full time. :slight_smile:

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I remember those. They are sugar filled with many, many, ingredients. They taste good, but bear little resemblence to coffee or coffee drinks from cafes or made at home.

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Memories of my childhood when moving to the U.S. :persevere:

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@Marion Thanks for the advice! I just ordered one for our travels.

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