Brewing coffee in a stainless steel tea steeper is my preferred method outside of the French Press.
Images: Kyle Young
The tea steeper method is economical, easy to clean, and perfect for single-cup brewing.
Follow these easy steps for a cup that maximizes creaminess and dissolved coffee solids.
Over-sized coffee mug (approx 16 oz.)
Two heaping tablespoons medium-course ground coffee for regular strength; add tea spoon of ground coffee for stronger cup
Stainless Steel Tea Steeper (Available on Amazon for $10)
13 oz. hot water (about 200 degrees Fahrenheit)
1. Grind approximately 3 tablespoons of coffee; select granulation of 3 notches to the right of "medium" towards "coarse"
2. Place 2 tablespoons of ground coffee into tea steeper; 2 tbsp + 1 tsp for a stronger cup
3. Pick up the tea steeper and hold it directly over the mug with the bottom of the steeper just inside the mug; hold the winged outer rim of the steeper with your thumb and index finger for the next step
4. Gently poor 13 oz. of hot water over the coffee grounds inside the tea steeper; gently shake the steeper to facilitate the movement of the water
5. Once all the hot water has filtered through the coffee grounds (it may take 15-20 seconds), gently sway the steeper in a circular motion in the mug - this will release additional oils and the coffee should foam a little bit
6. Cap your steeper with the lid and wait ten minutes
7. Remove lid; give the steeper another few gentle swirls around the mug; remove the steeper allowing some of the caught liquid-coffee to release; place steeper atop lid; enjoy your coffee!
*Clean-up is easy: empty coffee grounds from tea steeper and toss steeper into dishwasher or hand-wash