I got in trouble today, which isn’t entirely an unusual experience. As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned how to not get in trouble as often (but when I do …!). But today, I got in trouble for improvising a pour over — out of sheer desperation for coffee.
At the office, we have just have your typical Mr. Coffee kind of drip machine and a Keurig. But we do have a funnel, similar to the kind you would use to add oil to your car. After confirming that this particular funnel had not been used to add oil to any cars (which I did by looking at it and then rinsing it with water), I added a filter, coffee, and heated water in the microwave.
As I was making my gradual circles, pouring water from the Pyrex cup I used in the microwave, I got busted by a coworker who owns a legitimate coffee shop with her husband in Golden, CO. Red-handed. No burr grinder, no Chemex or actual pour over cup, no scale to measure the coffee – just what might be construed as an oil funnel.
After being chastised, I tried to plead my case. Personally, I thought I had out maneuvered MacGyver on a camping trip. OK, sure the filter was folded in places but that was only because it was too big for the oil funnel and I didn’t have a pair of scissors. Yes, the water came out of the oil funnel a bit quicker than you’d like. And, it was an oil funnel. All of this is true.
But — and I’m not the least bit prejudiced — it was still better than what I could produce out of the Mr. Coffee or in the Keurig. For that, I suffered a bit of chastisement and enjoyed my coffee.
Here are a few pictures of the oil funnel.