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Fri Jun 4, 2021, 09:38 AM

had a silly thought about making coffee-- mix the sugar and powdered milk in the...

basket with the grounds when brewing it.

I plan on trying this sometime soon, but am curious if anyone else has.

I foresee several problems, but will give it a shot unless someone says they did it and spent some time in the hospital, or lost body parts.

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Reply had a silly thought about making coffee-- mix the sugar and powdered milk in the... (Original post)
TreasonousBastard Jun 4 OP
Wingus Dingus Jun 4 #1
TreasonousBastard Jun 4 #4
Wingus Dingus Jun 4 #5
TigressDem Jun 4 #2
TreasonousBastard Jun 4 #6
TigressDem Jun 4 #8
TreasonousBastard Jun 4 #19
TreasonousBastard Jun 5 #29
Kali Jun 4 #3
TreasonousBastard Jun 4 #7
Kali Jun 5 #25
TigressDem Jun 4 #10
soothsayer Jun 4 #9
TigressDem Jun 4 #11
soothsayer Jun 4 #12
Major Nikon Jun 4 #13
TigressDem Jun 4 #14
TreasonousBastard Jun 4 #20
TigressDem Jun 4 #24
TreasonousBastard Jun 5 #26
Blue Owl Jun 4 #15
Starseer Jun 4 #16
TreasonousBastard Jun 4 #21
Mr.Bill Jun 4 #17
TreasonousBastard Jun 4 #22
Ka-Dinh Oy Jun 4 #18
Buckeye_Democrat Jun 4 #23
TreasonousBastard Jun 5 #27
Buckeye_Democrat Jun 5 #28

Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 09:46 AM

1. Are you talking about regular coffee maker coffee, with filters?

I wonder if the powdered milk would cause a problem with the filter.

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Response to Wingus Dingus (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 09:50 AM

4. Yeah, just a plain ol' Mr. Coffee type coffeepot. I have a French press, a percolator, and...

some other drip gadgets, but I thought the drip drip pot would be less messy.

Powdered milk shouldn't be a problem, but I'll find out.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 09:51 AM

5. Hmm. If you are successful, you could put all sorts of things in there.

Cocoa powder, etc.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 09:48 AM

2. I have found it easier to put it in the carafe once a small amount of coffee is brewed...

Since most coffee makers will pause when you pull the carafe away, you can still put in enough for a full pot and since the level is low, just swirl it around to mix it.

Only disadvantage is MUST wash the carafe after each use or it builds up in a gross way.

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Response to TigressDem (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 09:52 AM

6. Now I wonder why I didn't think of that!

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #6)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 09:58 AM

8. You were moving in that direction anyway.

Most people don't adjust a full pot of coffee because if others will be drinking it, they may have different preferences.

But I have a tiny coffee maker and most times it's only me and hubby. I mostly do cream only, he will do cream and sugar-free sweetener or black with sweetener, but if I add a little cocoa powder and call it a mocha... it's good for both the goose AND the gander.

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Response to TigressDem (Reply #8)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 12:15 PM

19. Well, it's just me. But, I suspect I was lookingfor something unusual, not...

the same thing I do with an individual cup.

Just an old habit-- pour the coffee and deal with measuring out the sweet and white stuffs, stir it up, microwave...

Anything to eliminate a few steps.

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Response to TigressDem (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 03:43 AM

29. YES! Just made a pot this way and it came out perfect.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 09:49 AM

3. I know of several brands of Mexican coffee that are sugared

but not anything with milk. doesn't powdered milk dissolve better in cold water?

Trader Joe's has boxes of individual servings of instant coffee creamer and sugar, and I have done the same for travel/camping.

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Response to Kali (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 09:53 AM

7. Nope, like everything else it dissolves better in hot water.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #7)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 02:09 AM

25. I was thinking of cornstarch

I guess...

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Response to Kali (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 10:00 AM

10. I think powdered milk will puff up like it does in a latte and overflow the grounds bin. nt

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 09:59 AM

9. I just put it in my cup first

Mixes itself when the coffee goes in

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #9)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 10:01 AM

11. Ya'but a full pot already adjusted is kinda cool. nt

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Response to TigressDem (Reply #11)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 10:03 AM

12. True. Then put it in the pot and don't clog your coffeemaker

Seems risky

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #12)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 10:10 AM

13. The only thing it can possibly clog is the valve under the filter holder if the maker has one

Even at that I suspect it would take a while. Nobody ever washes those things and they build up with rancid coffee oils anyway.

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #12)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 10:22 AM

14. That was my suggestion.

Powdered milk would foam up just like a latte and make a mess in the bin the grounds and filter are.

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Response to TigressDem (Reply #14)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 12:18 PM

20. It doesn't foam in the cup unless I use the "foamer" gadget on it, so no reason...

to think it would foam in the basket.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #20)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 01:07 PM

24. Ah, well I stand corrected.

But in the carafe is still easier. LOL

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Response to TigressDem (Reply #24)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 02:29 AM

26. Yes- I was thinking of extra steps, but there are no extra steps with the carafe.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 10:43 AM

15. Black or bust, baby!



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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 11:21 AM

16. My experiences

I ran across the "adding sugar to the brew basket" method when I still utilized my Mr. Coffee brewer as my mainstay. It was one of those 8-cup white ones with the "New!" brew-and-pause feature, and a cute little red LED clock in the bottom right. I still have it in my office and continue to utilize the sugar-in-basket method.

Before I did it the first time, I was pretty skeptical. But I did have half a thought about the sugar balancing out some of the acidity that tended to run rampant in single-temperature extractions.

So, I used one level teaspoon of granulated sugar, spread evenly over the coffee in the basket. That way, the water hit the thin sugar layer before it hit the coffee. (NB: In later times, I used powdered and even confectioners' -- I was curious about the surface area effect, as well as the effect of the added starch in the confectioners' -- but granulated seems to work best.)

In a word, I was elated with the results! The change was dramatic. The acids were still there, but they had been balanced nicely by the faintest hint of sweetness. IIRC, it was straight-up Folger's ground coffee. Interestingly, I found that if I attempted to homogeneously mix the coffee and the sugar together, the smoothing effect was greatly diminished.

Anyway, just my $0.02. It surprised me. Oh, and remember to deal with the basket and grounds *promptly*. Sugary environments tend to promote mold growth in short order. Ack!

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Response to Starseer (Reply #16)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 12:22 PM

21. Sounds great. If there is a real advantage to sugaring the basket it would...

be a good thing. I'm diabetic and use Splenda or similar, and most of them dissolve almost instantly.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 11:46 AM

17. I've put powdered chocolate mix in the basket.

It worked really well. Usually I put chocolate milk in my coffee, which provides just enough sugar for me. Five parts coffee, one part chocolate milk.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #17)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 12:23 PM

22. Interesting. Maybe it's time for some mocha.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 11:53 AM

18. Am I the only one who cringes at the thought of powdered milk?

However, doing that with cocoa would be interesting.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 12:28 PM

23. It might cause a regular drip coffee maker to overflow.

I tried something similar in the past, later needing to clean the coffee grounds that went everywhere around the coffee maker. Almost nothing was in the pot, to boot!

In my case, it was a coffee powder that I decided to use as a supplement for my small amount of coffee grounds. I didn't feel like driving to a store to buy more coffee grounds that morning, and I apparently wasn't bright enough to later mix the powder in a cup of watery coffee from the drip maker.

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Response to Buckeye_Democrat (Reply #23)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 02:31 AM

27. Beats me why. Instant coffee is pretty fast dissolving, but maybe it clogged the filter...

or that little valve on the bottom of the basket.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #27)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 03:01 AM

28. That was my reasoning too.

I'd originally bought the powder for my job, since it was a very quick way to have some coffee with water "coolers" which also had hot water dispensers. Then I brought it home when the job was usually so fast-paced that I didn't have free time to even do that.

It dissolved very fast in hot water, so I couldn't imagine it causing a clog. Yet it did.

It was some kind of cappuccino powder, actually, so it was light-colored like it had milk powder in it.

Edit:
It was this stuff.

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