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Typically, making coffee at home is done with the help of a Black&Decker coffee pot, or some other contraption that requires the use of fussy filters and burners. To make coffee the Puerto Rican way, all one needs is a saucepan and coffee sock.
***Ran out of coffee filters? No worries, a washable and re-usable coffee sock works just as great and at $3, saves you money while reducing paper waste. Talk about a green cup of coffee.***
Simple steps to brewing coffee the Puerto Rican way
1. Pour 1 cup of water for each cup of coffee you wish to make into a saucepan
2. Bring to water to a nice simmer and be careful not to bring it to a rolling boil
3. Once water is simmering, add 1 heaping teaspoon of ground coffee for every desired cup into the saucepan
4. Stir for about a minute make sure the water stays at a simmer and never comes to a boil
5. Remove from heat and let coffee stew and brew for about a minute. Stir
6. To remove the coffee grinds, strain the mixture using a coffee sock
If you like your coffee pure (black), you can strain directly into a cup. However, if you like your coffee with milk and sugar, I recommend you try the following.
1. Strain coffee into a large pot (temporary holding pot)
2. Return the sauce pan to the burner and add a ¼ cup of milk and 1 teaspoon of sugar for every cup of coffee
3. Heat up the milk until it starts to foam around the edges and stir regularly to help dissolve the sugar
4. Pour the coffee out of its temporary holding pot back into the saucepan and bring mixture to a simmer
Since you already strained the coffee with the coffee sock, now all you need to do is pour directly into cups and enjoy.
To add some excitement to your brew, try making a pot with freshly ground coffee beans using a table top grinder. Or if you prefer to go the pre-grounded route with Yuacono Cafe Puro,