How to Make Coffee

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


Appears in

Craig Claiborne’s Kitchen Primer

Craig Claiborne’s Kitchen Primer

By Craig Claiborne

Published 1969

  • About


The most important thing in coffee-making is the cleanliness of the pot. It should be scrubbed well after each use and washed with soap and water.

The recommended proportions for making coffee are ¾ cup water to 1 coffee measure.

This proportion applies whether the pot is drip, percolator, filter, or whatever. If on the other hand you find that the coffee thus produced is too weak for your taste, then by all means increase the quantity of coffee; or if it too strong, then reduce the quantity.

When the coffee is drunk, empty the pot, pour out the grinds, and wash the pot well. The grinds, incidentally, may in almost all circumstances be put down the drain of the kitchen sink. They will not clog it.