HOW TO MAKE COFFEE

A coffee capsule machine is convenient for making Italian espresso but it is not the cheapest way of making coffee in quantity. Stove-top percolators, cafetieres or filter coffee machines all use ground coffee: buy this in packets then seal and store in the fridge once opened, or if you have a coffee bean grinder you can produce your own as required.

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It’s important to check the manufacturer’s instructions for each device, but here are some general guidelines for each:

• Stove-top percolator: Load water into the bottom section and ground coffee into the middle container and assemble. Place on hob. As it heats, the water is drawn up the central shaft through the coffee to fill the top section with a ready-to-pour brew. It will make a bubbling noise when the coffee is ready.

• Cafetiere: Put one scoop of ground coffee per cup into the bottom of the cafetiere. Bring a kettle of water to the boil and allow to cool for a minute or two (boiling water scalds coffee and spoils the flavour). Pour in the correct ratio of water to coffee required. Stir. Fit the top on and leave to stand for 3-4 minutes before slowly pushing the plunger all the way down.

• Filter coffee machine: Fit a filter paper into the cone-shaped holder in the top. Scoop coffee into the filter paper and pour the corresponding quantity of tap water into the tank. Ensure the collecting jug is in position before turning the machine on. The coffee is ready when the machine stops burbling.

HOW TO MAKE COFFEE

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