Well, tonight, I started looking on Amazon for a new coffee maker because I wanted to read the customer reviews. While going through the products, I saw manual drip coffee makers that made 1 or 2 cups that you could place directly over the mug. That's when it occurred to me that I had bought a TeaVana PerfecTea Maker about 5 or 6 years ago that I used to make loose-leaf tea in. It has a permanent mesh fiddler so there is no need for paper fiddlers -- cutting down on waste (green living, anyone?).
I decided to wash and rinse the little maker and proceeded to spoon out the coffee. To make sure I had no spillages of hot beverages, I filled the mug I was going to use with water and put it in the microwave. I used our microwave's programmed hot water button and cut it off when 40 seconds were left. It was right before boiling point and was perfect. I carefully poured it into the tea maker and let it steep for 2-3 minutes while it gained a beautiful reddish-brown color. I used my favorite Dunkin' Donuts coffee and was anxious to see if it tasted any better. After it was done steeping, I placed the apparatus on top of the mug and let it drain the coffee. It was perfect! No coffee grounds in the finished product and no mess! I put my favorite vanilla coffee creamer and some sweetener in and enjoyed it.
I cannot tell you how much better the manual version came out. It was amesome! So rich and creamy -- just like the coffee shop version (maybe even better!). I highly recommend one. There are some low priced versions on Amazon -- I'd recommend the TeaVana version if you can afford it. Mine is kind of old but really sturdy. Cleanup was a breeze -- I just let it soak in warm, soapy water and then cleaned it with a bottle brush.
I can't wait 'til morning to have another cup!
Edited by MaterMisericordiae, 20 May 2012 - 11:21 PM.