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How to Make Fancy French Press Coffee in a Cheapo Melitta Cone

You love your trusty little Melitta single-cup, pour-over brewing cone. But sometimes the drip coffee it produces is, well, weak sauce. Luckily, we’ve discovered the trick to making it one million times better.

What you need: A Melitta, a coffee filter, ground coffee beans, a large (glass) measuring cup and a coffee mug.

What you do: Place the paper coffee filter into the Melitta brew basket. Fill your teakettle with water and heat until boiling, then pour directly into the glass measuring cup. Next, fill the measuring cup with your coffee grounds (approximately 4 to 6 tablespoons) and stir the mixture so the coffee is fully submerged. Let sit for 2 minutes. Finally, pour the mixture into the filter (in the Melitta) and behold as a super-tasty coffee drips into your mug.

Why it works: The water actually absorbs the grounds, producing a much stronger brew than the normal pour-over process.

So? One sugar, or two?

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