I've had trouble with my coffee the past two days

@dragon54u (31644)
United States
January 25, 2009 8:07am CST
I make it as usual but for some reason the filter caved in on one side and let grounds out to fall into the pot. I hate it when this happens. I have to use another filter and pour the coffee back through it. I don't know why this happens, I do everything as I usually do and occasionally this will happen. I used to work for a lady who used a percolator to make coffee and refused to use a filter. She could taste the paper! I tried it both ways and discovered she was right, it does taste better without a filter. If I would switch to her method I wouldn't have this problem but I'd have to throw out the last cup of coffee as it would be full of grouds. Does this ever happen to you? Do you throw out the whole pot or re-filter it or drink it down till you hit the grounds?
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
25 Jan 09
I'm going to find out what I'll do very soon, or maybe not. My husband is the only coffee drinker in our house and he usually only wants one or two cups of coffee every day so he prefers instant coffee. He asked me to pick him up a jar the last time I went grocery shopping. I was looking at the smaller jars, since he's not a big coffee drinker; not the smallest jar they have, but the next larger one. It cost over $6.00 for one small jar of instant coffee!!! I was floored! I couldn't believe the cost of coffee had risen so dramatically! So, he's either going to have to drink fresh-brewed coffee or learn to do without if THAT costs too much, too! But, in a hypothetical situation, I would not throw out the whole pot because it's too wasteful. I'd definitely re-filter it. My mother had a percolator when I was little and I loved watching it! It was a metal container with a small glass top where the coffee would 'perk' or bubble. I got a giggle each time I'd see the coffee jump up into that glass top! Okay, so I was easily amused. LOL My first cup of coffee came from that percolator. I loved it! I have brewed my own coffee before using filters, but never had that problem you mentioned. If I had, I'm sure I would have re-filtered it because I've always been somewhat of a cheapskate. Actually, 'frugal' is a much nicer word.
@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
25 Jan 09
Isn't it wonderful how easily amused children are? I remember watching my grandma's percolator and loved see the coffee bubble up in the top. Cheapskate is a fine word! There's nothing nice about saving money, it's become an all-out war these days and deadly serious job. That's a ridiculous price for a jar of instant coffee! Do you have a dollar store near you? They sell instant coffee as well as bags of ground coffee. $.99 only is a great store if you have one, I miss that store.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
25 Jan 09
Thank you, Dragon! I never thought about looking in the dollar stores! We have 3 of them not too far from us so I'll go look and see what they have. I'm sure my husband will want to thank you, too, since he's the coffee drinker! I'm going to do that today! I need to stock up on a few other things, anyway, and usually buy my cleaning supplies from a dollar store since you can get the exact same brands they sell in grocery stores or even WalMart at a much cheaper price. I'll be looking at their food section a little more closely from now on! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
• Bangladesh
31 Jan 09
Thanks to share with us and thanks again for this idea that what about may be started as a discussion at mylot. You are great "dragon54u" but sorry to say that I not taking any drinks link tea/coffee so I never have to prepare it and had no experience as you have earned. Enjoy your coffee, enjoy mylotting.
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@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
31 Jan 09
Thanks to the wonderful people here, I have solved my problem. You are wise to not drink tea or coffee, it is a costly habit that I have cut back a lot on. But it tastes so good in the morning!
@KrauseHome (36752)
• United States
26 Jan 09
Well, with the New Coffee makers out there, they have a lot of different types, and maybe if you could afford it, it would be time for you to consider getting a New one instead, and save some of your troubles. But personally for me it depends on where I get my coffee as to what is best. But when made from home, I prefer using the filters.
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@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
26 Jan 09
I make it do, use it up or find another way to use it--I don't throw anything away unless it's absolutely usless! I had a lot of good suggestions and I think I'll go with using my basket filter with the paper ones. That should solve the problem--I'd forgotten I had that basket filter!! myLot benefits me once more!
@Thoroughrob (11748)
• United States
26 Jan 09
I use the reusable coffee filters. They cost about $5 but you just use them over and over and don't have that problem. I did have alot of trouble when I was using the other type, and it was because the coffee was not going through fast enough and too much water was sitting in the filter.
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@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
26 Jan 09
That might be my trouble. I've had a good suggestion of folding the filter in such a way as it will lean toward the side. Another person suggested the filter you're talking about but since I use the finely ground espresso it doesn't work well. I still have it-I never through anything useful away!-so I think I will use it inside of the paper filter and see how that goes. Thanks for your helpful reply!
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
25 Jan 09
I use Melita filters, and try to get the unbleached kind. What you have to do is to pour a little water of the grounds to get them damp, and them pour in the rest, making sure to do it slowly and not up to the top. Then if the pot is not fill, put in the rest of the water. That should work. I do not like perculated coffee by the way. And the bleached filter paper is no good.
@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
25 Jan 09
I didn't know the unbleached filters made coffee taste better, so you can tell a difference? You have a very good idea! If folding the filter as another suggested doesn't work I will do that. Thank you!
@max1950 (2313)
• United States
25 Jan 09
go to wal-mart and buy a wire basket or they come in plastic and you won't need the paper, i use them because i can taste the paper in the coffee, melida brand is a little expensive and the natural paper are thicker and don't tend to fold as much. or get a french press there great no filter or paper needed and wally-world sells em cheap.
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@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
25 Jan 09
I've heard of the french press from other people and they think they are wonderful. I might consider one, depending on the price. A good cup of coffee, though, is priceless! I do have a wire basket but since I use espresso as coffee it isn't fine enough to keep all the grounds from going into the pot. Now that you remind me that I have one, I might try using it inside the paper filter. Thanks for the idea!