We haven't had an electric coffee maker for a very long time. We have been using a French Press, which I very much love. The problem is that we have the usual type with the glass beaker, and glass breaks. We've replaced our beaker twice, now, and yesterday, we broke our third beaker.
Over the years, Deus Ex Machina and I have stopped rushing out to replace whatever thing gets broken, because, typically, when we do that, we don't get what we want. We have to settle for what we can find, and I've gotten to the point that I hate settling. I want what I want, and I'm willing to wait for it.
But no coffee? Not an idea my family is going to be happy with for very long.
At times like this, I put on my thinking cap, and I start thinking of ways to improvise what we need from materials I know we have at home.
Today, it was improvising a coffeemaker.
I knew we had some coffee filters leftover from something - not sure what - but clearly we've had them for a while. We also have jars ... lots and lots of jars ..., and we had this funnel which was the top of a wine bottle that we cut using our glass cutter to make a glass.
Basically, I attached the coffee filter to the funnel using a rubber band, added some grounds, and (slowly) poured water through. It took a little longer than using the French Press, because the water passed through the grounds and filter more slowly than just adding the hot water to the press, but it didn't take that long. And clean-up with this jar method is a bit quicker than with the French Press, because it's just a matter of taking the filter and grounds out of the funnel and dropping all of it into the compost urn.
If I didn't have paper filters, I could even use cheesecloth as a reusable filter.
The best part is, if we opt not to replace the French Press, we don't have to worry (as much) about breakage, because we
have dozens more glass canning jars ... and plenty of wine bottles to use as funnels, also.
Speaking of ... if we cut the bottle just right, we could probably just use the bottle with its own inverted top and make a repurposed wine bottle coffeemaker.
Hmm ...? I wonder if I can patent that idea?