Filtered Coffee


Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Makes

    1 cup

Appears in

New York Cult Recipes

New York Cult Recipes

By Marc Grossman

Published 2013

  • About

Unlimited refills of filtered coffee is a longstanding tradition in New York diners. We call it a bottomless cup, and this is surely one of the reasons why New York is called ‘the city that never sleeps’. In recent years, the once-humble cup of filtered coffee has been gaining in prestige as a new wave of coffee afficionados work on preparing it with scientific precision using freshly ground coffee beans. My friend Thomas Lehoux, one of the founders of the Parisian coffee club Frog Fight and co-owner of Café Réné, was one of the first to promote this style of coffee in Paris. Here are his instructions for making a perfect cup at home.

Preparation time: 5 minutes


What you Need

  • freshly roasted whole coffee beans

  • a kettle
  • a dripper (preferably Hario®)
  • a coffee pot
  • a filter (preferably Kalita®)
  • a set of scales
  • a coffee grinder


Step 1. Boil some water in the kettle.

Step 2. Put the dripper on the coffee pot and the filter into the dripper. When the water boils, pour a little into the filter to rinse it out and remove the paper taste. Warm the coffee pot as well.

Step 3. Weigh out the coffee. The general rule is: 60 g ( oz) coffee to 1 litre (35 fl oz/4 cups) water. So for 400 ml (14 fl oz) water, I use 25 g (1 oz) coffee. Grind the coffee to filter coffee size — you should be able to feel the particles between your fingers. It looks like a powder to the eye.

Step 4. Put the coffee in the middle of the filter and add 80 ml ( fl oz/ cup) water. Wait for 30 seconds (to de-gas the coffee), then slowly add the remaining 320 ml (11 fl oz) water. It should take about 2½ minutes for all the water to filter through to your coffee pot (if this is not the case, grind the coffee more finely and increase the volume of water). Don’t stir the coffee grinds with a spoon, let the water flow through by itself.

Step 5. Enjoy your coffee.