Better And Better

If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Making do

Had last night off.

Got up early this morning, and got the kids and wife ready for work and school, and got 'em out the door.

Called to make sure Dad was still coming over at 0900 to pick me up to go to the P.D. pistol match, only to find out that he was still asleep (oops.).

Went to get another cuppa coffee. . . dregs only. No problem, I thought, I'll just make another pot, and offer Dad a cup when he gets here.

Only. . . we're out of coffee filters.

Go to Backup Filters... gone! Oh, hateful move! Why hast thou deprived me of life's necessities?!?

Well, no big deal. The beauty of a conical filter pot is that a field expedient filter may be devised with a single paper towel, by folding it into a quarter, then pulling it open so that it's triple layer on one side, single on the other.


No paper towels.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Desperate. Measures.

Water drips through a coffee filter at 190 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit... which probably will kill whatever had grown on the used coffee filter that I'd thrown into my trash two hours before.

Maybe it's time to face the fact that I have an addiction.

OK. Here goes.

My name is Matt, and I am a coffee addict.

And I'm fine with that.

Now can you pick up a pack of #4 conical filters and a pound of coffee on your way back home? That'd be great, thanks.

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At Thursday, August 02, 2007 10:12:00 AM, Blogger Barbara said...


At Thursday, August 02, 2007 12:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean you don't ahve a coffee press? Gyahhh....

Swing by the house sometime and I'll give you a new-in-the-box one. Good for emergencies such as that.


At Thursday, August 02, 2007 1:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rabbit covered it.

You need to have multiple ways to make a cup of coffee. There are some nice SwissGold 1-cup makers out there that have a permanent gold filter plate, among many, many other choices.

At Thursday, August 02, 2007 1:53:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

Steve, we also had a #4 conical gold filter, before we moved, for just such emergencies.

Gawd knows where that went.

Or my percolator.

I shoulda just made espresso.

At Thursday, August 02, 2007 2:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt, get rid of that conical one and get the flat bottom variety. Then, when such an emergency arises, if you wear white gym socks...

And yes, but not the ones I was wearing...

At Thursday, August 02, 2007 3:33:00 PM, Blogger X-Ray Geek said...

I really thought you were going to go for some TP for the filter:)

I am a coffee addict too. I've drank the coffee sitting in the pot without knowing how old it was but I didn't feel like making more.

At Thursday, August 02, 2007 7:45:00 PM, Blogger muse said...

Too funny! I used to be an addict now I just want a couple of cups in the morning. I can give it up anytime, really!

At Thursday, August 02, 2007 8:03:00 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Matt, a little secret, you can always have a jar on instant folgers crystals on hand for emergencies..... I don't even drink coffee, but I keep a jar and some powdered creamer here for friends who do.

At Thursday, August 02, 2007 11:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Word of advice from an ex coffee business guy - the Paper Towels work great, but cut off the prints, if you can. The dyes can run.....into the grounds and really make the coffee taste bad.


At Friday, August 03, 2007 2:31:00 AM, Blogger Old NFO said...

Been there, done that! Athletic Socks work well...Seen it done more than once. Coffee just tastes a little 'fuzzy'...

I do have Folgers Instant as my emergency coffee supply now.

At Friday, August 03, 2007 7:56:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi. My name's J. P. and I'm a coffee addict. It's been 90 minutes since I've had a drink of coffee. (Hey, that's pretty good, for me.)

X-ray Geek: I've drank the coffee sitting in the pot without knowing how old it was . . .
I'll go you one better - - I've poured 18-hour old, cold, coffee from a Thermos bottle, microwaved it, and drank it. **shudder**

I dunno about the gym socks - - Sounds a little, uh, thick for me. However, you can cut up an old-but-clean, threadbare t-shirt and it'll do the job. Just make sure you fold it down 'round the edges.

My Bride got me a little infusion thing so I could brew loose tea. I found it also works very well for coffee. It takes a little longer than instant coffee, but is MUCH better tasting.


At Friday, August 03, 2007 10:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

instant folgers????
yucky poo

At Friday, August 03, 2007 12:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People, people, people!

'Instant Folgers'? (shudder) 'Vivarin' and the other 'energy' pills are what you keep around for emergency caffeine.

Sweet Marias

If you can pop popcorn you can roast coffee.

Coffee is like bread.

Folgers is like Wonderbread, but not as good.

Those 'gourmet roast' coffees at the grocery store are like the bread they make at the store. Sometimes they're quite good.

Homeroasted coffee is like home made bread. It tastes like it smells and it smells good!

Actually works out being cheaper than anything above Folgers too - I'm paying about $5 / lb for extremely good coffees.

At Friday, August 03, 2007 3:56:00 PM, Blogger Zdogk9 said...

Boil a pan of water. Throw a fist full of coffee in the water as you take it off the stove. Stir. Wait five minutes. Sprinkle cold water on the mixture. Gently pour into your cup.

At Friday, August 03, 2007 4:13:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

Bob, I've made me some cowboy campfire coffee before, and it's better than no coffee...

a little.

When you're cold.

And you don't mind the grounds in your teeth.

(the flavor, actually, can be quite good. It's the texture that I don't like...)

At Friday, August 03, 2007 5:25:00 PM, Blogger Zdogk9 said...

Desperate times, Desperate measures. We were out of coffee this morning and I drove 40miles RT to the local coffee roaster.

At Friday, August 03, 2007 11:18:00 PM, Blogger Ambulance Driver said...

I guess I'm just weird...I can't stand coffee, unless you put so much cream and sugar in it that it no longer tastes like coffee.

I get my caffeine from my iced tea and Cokes.

At Saturday, August 04, 2007 10:56:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


There is no excuse for not having enough coffee filters, or coffee. If you don't buy in bulk, buy extras on sale--never allow yourself to be without a spare. One is none, two is one, and so on. (if you're not reading, why aren't you?)

You had a good idea with your "emergency stash," but that should always be in addition to your spares.

I'm not only a coffee addict, I'm a chocoholic, but you'll never see me jonesing for either one as I always feed my addiction. ;^)


At Saturday, August 04, 2007 2:19:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

Lorne, I agree, but I plead again: 't'was that bitter, evil move tha caught me in the lurch!

Fie on't! Oh, fie!


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