Wednesday, May 22, 2013

How to Make Coffee Without a Coffeemaker

Spend enough time in a professional kitchen and you pick up plenty of MacGyver-like skills and tricks that can come in handy in all sorts of situations — techniques you only learn when you're on an undermanned, overworked line and every second counts. With that in mind, welcome to Grub Street's newest column, Chef Hacks, wherein each entry will be devoted to one such useful, unexpected technique that you can put to use immediately. Today: Jimmy Bradley of the Red Cat in New York reveals how he makes coffee the very old-fashioned way.

Granted, Bradley says this particular trick was picked up on camping and sailing trips, not on the line. But the technique is just as useful at home. "My father still to this day makes his coffee like that every day," he says. "People buy him coffee machines and filters and French presses and drips, and he just thinks they're assholes because nothing makes better coffee than coffee and water." 

It's proof, Bradley says, that "you don't need all the newfangled shit that salespeople say you need in order to be cool."

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