How to Make Coffee In a Mason Jar
Jul 24, 2023
Why Make Coffee In a Mason Jar?
Mason jars are a versatile and accessible kitchen item that you might already have on hand. Using a Mason jar to brew coffee allows you to simplify your coffee-making routine, especially when you're on the go or away from traditional brewing equipment. Plus, it's an eco-friendly alternative to single-use coffee pods or disposable coffee cups.
What You'll Need
- Coffee Grounds: Choose high-quality coffee beans and grind them to your preferred coarseness.
- Hot Water: Use filtered water for the best taste.
- Mason Jar: Select a clean and heat-resistant Mason jar that can hold the amount of coffee you want to brew.
- Coffee Mug: Have your favorite coffee mug ready for serving.
- Stirring Instrument: A long spoon, chopstick, or any suitable tool for stirring.
- Fine Mesh Strainer or Cheesecloth (Optional): If you prefer a smoother cup of coffee, you can use a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth for an extra filtration step.
Note: The method described here will produce a simple, no-frills cup of coffee. Feel free to adjust the coffee-to-water ratio and brewing time to suit your taste preferences.
Step 1: Add Coffee Grounds
Start by measuring your desired amount of coarsely ground coffee and add it to the Mason jar. A general rule of thumb is one tablespoon of coffee per six ounces of water, but you can adjust it based on your taste preferences.
Step 2: Pour Hot Water
Heat the water to the desired brewing temperature, which is typically between 195°F to 205°F (90°C to 96°C). Pour the hot water over the coffee grounds in the Mason jar, ensuring that all the grounds are saturated.
Step 3: Stir
Using your stirring instrument, gently stir the coffee and water mixture to ensure even extraction.
Step 4: Steep
Now comes the essential part – letting the coffee steep. Seal the Mason jar with a lid or cover it with a small plate, and allow the coffee to steep for about 4 minutes. This time can be adjusted to your taste preference; a longer steeping time may result in a stronger cup, while a shorter time may produce a milder taste.
Step 5: Filter (Optional)
If you prefer a cleaner cup of coffee, you can use a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to filter out any remaining coffee grounds. Simply hold the strainer over your coffee mug and pour the brewed coffee through it.
Step 6: Serve and Enjoy
Your coffee is now ready to be served! Pour it into your favorite coffee mug, take a moment to appreciate the delightful aroma, and savor every sip of your homemade Mason jar coffee.
- Cold Brew Variation: To make cold brew coffee in a Mason jar, add coarsely ground coffee and cold water to the jar, then steep it in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours. Filter the coffee before serving, and you have a refreshing cold brew ready to enjoy!
- Customize Your Coffee: Feel free to add milk, cream, sugar, or any other favorite coffee additions to customize your Mason jar coffee to your liking.
Making coffee in a Mason jar is a simple, cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly way to brew your daily cup of joe. Whether you're at home, on a camping trip, or just looking for a fun coffee-making experience, the Mason jar method has you covered. So, grab your Mason jar, get creative with your coffee grind and brew time, and embark on a delicious coffee journey right from your kitchen!
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