So I just got Starbucks' Blonde Willow Blend (Whole Bean) and I am very excited to make it, but the problem is I have never done it before and I cannot find any online tutorial for beginners. I also don't have a coffee machine.
I will condense my questions:
I really want to do it correctly but I can't figure out how. If you can help, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks! And I apologize if my questions don't make sense because I am completely new to coffee making.
If you have a grinder and don't have a coffee pot, here's what I would do (I'm assuming you don't also have a coffee filter):
Step 1 - Grind the beans. If you have a grinder, grind your beans until you have a medium grind:
Step 2 - Punch a couple of holes into the bottom of a disposable, hot-beverage cup (or a tin can)
Step 3 - Line inside of cup or can from #2 with a handkerchief. Secure edges of handkerchief around lip of cup with binder clips or a rubberband.
Step 4 - Place grounds into cup. 2-3 tablespoons should be enough.
Step 5 - Place cup over top of empty mug (so coffee can flow into it)
Step 6 - Pour water (very slowly and over all the grounds) that is 5 minutes off the boil over coffee grounds.
You can view a similar tutorial here.
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