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My sister just turned me on (not k()d3) to the Melitta gadget. She bought one a while back as alternative to those dismal one-cup machines in motel rooms, and just bought another one to use while she visits my parents and their beloved (by them only) old-timey electric percolator.

It works extremely well. Exact same principle as any other drip maker, except on a smaller scale. Nuke the water, pour it into the filter containing the coffee, wait a little bit, enjoy. Clean-up is indeed dead easy.

She's going to give the one she just bought to me when she leaves town. Got it at Wal-Mart, I think.
 

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My parents used a big version of that for many years camping and on the boat (I think they may still use it on the boat), and were very happy with it. I have a couple of friends who also swear by them for use in their offices.
 

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1) a decent burr grinder. $20 probably won't hack it, but it doesn't need to be a $400 commercial model either. If you want to make your coffee at work, its easy enough to grind it at home and bring a baggie of freshly ground to work with you.

2) simple french press. The 60 sec it takes for cleanup is worth it.

Heck, eliminate the "what's allowed in the cube farm" issues completely -- grind and brew brew at home and tote it in a decent double-wall thermos.
 

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JustTooBig said:
2) simple french press. The 60 sec it takes for cleanup is worth it.

Heck, eliminate the "what's allowed in the cube farm" issues completely -- grind and brew brew at home and tote it in a decent double-wall thermos.
Having never used a french press, is cleanup just a matter of dumping the grounds and rinsing it out?

I do occasionally brew at home during the week, but the reality is that I have not managed to consistently do so during the week. I need a back-up plan at the office that doesn't taste like dirty dishwater.

Thanks to those who replied about the drip thingy. I'll probably pick up one of those or a french press after work today.
 

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JustTooBig said:
Heck, eliminate the "what's allowed in the cube farm" issues completely -- grind and brew brew at home and tote it in a decent double-wall thermos.
+ 1. That works very well, especially if you pre-heat the thermos with hot water before putting the coffee into it.
 

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Becky said:
Having never used a french press, is cleanup just a matter of dumping the grounds and rinsing it out?

In the short term, yes. But there is a build up of oils from the coffee that requires a bit of a scrub once in a while, especially if you don't rinse it immediately after each use.
 

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my ikea french press needed disassembly for decent cleaning to get all the grounds out. Maybe a better quality one would be better with just a quick rinse.

I now use an Aeropress with hot water from an electric kettle. It makes a tasty shot of pseudo-espresso which you can then add hot water to for an americano. It makes up to 4 shots, equiv. of roughly 20oz of coffee. However, with freshly roasted coffee grounds, the 'foam' would overflow when you pour the water in. I've had a slight bit of overflow trying to prep a 3-shot serving (to fill up my 16oz thermos), you just have to pour a bit slowly. Aeropress uses a paper filter (they're cheap, but can be re-used once or twice) and cleanup is pretty quick. However, it does seem to use more coffee than a french press or drip method (might be an issue if you're buying expensive coffee?). There is generally no sediment in the bottom, which I didn't like with my (crappy?) french press. I got mine an amazon, $30 shipped with extra filters, so not too expensive to try.
 

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JustTooBig said:
1) a decent burr grinder. $20 probably won't hack it, but it doesn't need to be a $400 commercial model either. If you want to make your coffee at work, its easy enough to grind it at home and bring a baggie of freshly ground to work with you.

2) simple french press. The 60 sec it takes for cleanup is worth it.

Heck, eliminate the "what's allowed in the cube farm" issues completely -- grind and brew brew at home and tote it in a decent double-wall thermos.
This. I've been bringing my coffee in a thermos for years. Best, most convenient way to enjoy good coffee at work. All your muss and fuss is at home, where it belongs and where you're set up for it.
 

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black_box said:
I now use an Aeropress with hot water from an electric kettle.
+1 on the aeropress. grind fine, stir, let sit for 30 seconds or so, plunge. great clean cup of coffee. easy clean up too. a decent burr grinder makes all the difference as well.

while you're at it, if you already aren't doing this, you might as well start roasting your own beans. sweet maria's is a great resource for budget home roasting. great results, cheap and will make you wonder what you've been drinking all these years. for realz.
 

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The Melitta will make excellent drip coffee.

French press is a whole nuther thing and IMO it's worth doing. Keep in mind you grind at different settings for both.

I love French press.
 

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I got rid of the electric drip machine years ago and only "brew" by french press. One thing I've always wondered though is if it is PC to dump the coffee grounds down the drain? If I had to or am suppose to dump the grounds into the garbage or compost pail I probably would switch back to the melitta method for ease of cleanup.
 

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I've started putting my grounds in a container and then tossing that when it's full, they used to go straight into the trash. I'm not sure that much sediment is good for the system? I would collect it and then compost if the option was available to me.
 

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thatdrewguy said:
I got rid of the electric drip machine years ago and only "brew" by french press. One thing I've always wondered though is if it is PC to dump the coffee grounds down the drain? If I had to or am suppose to dump the grounds into the garbage or compost pail I probably would switch back to the melitta method for ease of cleanup.
Compost your grounds if you can. Worms luv it! Don't put your grounds down the drain. Not so much for the environment but for your sewer lines. They can clog them up and you'll need the Roto Rooter man. Believe me, I know from experience. He said coffee grounds are one of the top reasons they're called.
 

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Big fan of 'em, as long as you have a way to heat the water. I use one at home every day (but the standard-basic version) and it makes excellent coffee. Just bought a one-cup for kayaking trips because it's smaller and easier to pack.

Similar deal with clean-up, actually - I wouldn't want to take the time every day to clean out a French Press, and on a wilderness camping trip it's really a hassle. With one of these, just toss the filter and grounds and give it a quick rinse. If you're running low on grounds, for the second cup just add a few to what you used for the first cup and life will be fine (flame away). Even buying pre-ground coffee and doing it this way will be so much better than any office coffee I've ever had.
 
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