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SherlockHolmes Fri 26-Aug-11 19:59:55

How do you make yours? I prefer to use a cafetiere at home, so have been looking at stainless steel/polycarbonate versions, which are all a bit pricy (around £20). Do you think a metal teapot and a tea strainer would do the job adequately? I'm sure there are some fellow caffeine addicts out there who can offer some advice grin

thisisyesterday Fri 26-Aug-11 20:07:08

why can't you just use a cafetiere?

a tea strainer will surely be way too big?

amistillsexy Fri 26-Aug-11 20:07:32

Use a filter cone over a flask. Make 2 cones of coffee (about 4 heaped/5 scoops of coffee and 2 full filters of water) and you've got seconds as well! grin

thisisyesterday Fri 26-Aug-11 20:08:02

or else you need one of these

Gastonladybird Fri 26-Aug-11 20:10:05

Can you still buy coffee bags as that was a decent compromise

Sandalwood Fri 26-Aug-11 20:16:14

We use a stovetop coffee maker at home and camping.
But DD did once get DH one of these as a gift. It's good.

Blu Fri 26-Aug-11 20:44:53

We use a steel cafitiere at home (saves on replacing the glass jugs when they inevitably break, also the insulation is good and makes a pot last longer) so we just take that.

Next time you break a glass cafitiere replace it with an insulated steel one.

No, no, cones and filter papers don't do a good job: coffee tastes v 'thin' from them, I think it filters out the coffee oil, or too many very very fine particles or something.

But I used to make coffee in a jug and filter out the grounds with a fine mesh strainer - it was fine.

doozle Fri 26-Aug-11 20:50:31

I like the one cup Romboult filters. You just fill with boiling water, they filter through and all sorted.

Like these

MmeLindor. Fri 26-Aug-11 20:53:52

One of these espresso makers and pot of milk

Anifrangapani Fri 26-Aug-11 20:54:30

I use a perculator when I am camping - nice strong coffee smile

midnightexpress Fri 26-Aug-11 20:54:36

You need a proper stovetop percolator. This sort of thing. It won't smash to smithereens and it makes decent coffee. DP is a complete coffee freak and he always uses one, including whilst wild camping on a Scottish hillside.

He will minimize his backpack weight with all manner of powdered food/lightweight fleeceage, and then lug a steel percolator through the hills. Go figure. hmm

midnightexpress Fri 26-Aug-11 20:55:09

Haha MmeL - x-posts!

SamsGoldilocks Fri 26-Aug-11 21:01:20

i take a cafetiere - just bought one for a recent camping trip and then smashed my friends glass but it only cost me £7 from ASDA

SherlockHolmes Fri 26-Aug-11 21:01:59

Thanks all - lots of good suggestions. I don't want to use a normal cafetiere as we have had broken glass whilst camping before, and it's not fun! I think the answer is to bite the bullet and buy a polycarbonate one, as it seems to be as cheap as anything else.

MmeLindor. Fri 26-Aug-11 21:02:20

Got to have good coffee. The filter stuff is weak and blah

Blu Fri 26-Aug-11 21:27:15

Amazon have an 8 cup polycarbonate cafitiere for a tenner! here

For camping I still like my steel double wall one, though, for the insulation.

hazeyjane Fri 26-Aug-11 21:33:09

Got to be a stove top coffee pot like mme lindor linked to, makes a lovely espresso shot, then top it up with hot milk - ahem, coffee addict!

MmeLindor. Fri 26-Aug-11 21:37:08

Hmm. This topic seems to bring out a certain type of MN. How are you, HJ? Is there still a Spa around? Not on MN much at the moment

hazeyjane Fri 26-Aug-11 21:43:17

There is a Spa, mme, but it is pretty quiet atm, a mixture of holidays and people being more active on twitter (which I am just a bit of a Luddite about), I guess.

Please pop in though, there have been several holiday related hospital trips, and I believe everyone is preparing for broken-boiler season!

MmeLindor. Fri 26-Aug-11 21:45:29

Thanks, HJ. Have found it. Sorry for hijack , op

midnightexpress Fri 26-Aug-11 22:58:08


hillbilly Sat 27-Aug-11 07:08:36

Stove top coffee pot every time! Illy coffee and hot milk.

redheadbedhead Sat 27-Aug-11 07:31:45

DEFINITELY stove top with hot milk and a decent brand to start with, like hillbilly says - Illy / Monmouth mmmmmmmmm / Segafredo. I used a cafetiere for years just because my parents did, but when somebody made me coffee in a stove top it was like a revelation. Haven't used the cafetiere since...sits in the cupboard crying.

hazeyjane Sat 27-Aug-11 08:51:11

Illy mmmmm

Lavazza red nice too.

Milk has to be boiled in a pan to get a nice frothiness.

God I'm going to have to go and make coffee now.

PinkFondantFancy Sat 27-Aug-11 08:54:31

Whittards sell a reusable version of the one cup filter thingy. It's fab-you just put your ground illy or whatever in it, pour on boiling water, done!

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