Brewing coffee manually produces the best-tasting, purely-brewed coffee anywhere. Because you control the water temperature, the amount of water that hits the grounds, and the length of time the water is in contact with the grounds, your brew will be unmatched with any automatic brewing machine. You will use beans that you grind yourself, using quality coffee beans, to get the best coffee brewing methods.
To brew manual drip coffee, start by bringing a quart of fresh, cold water to a boil. The easiest way to do this is by using an electric tea kettle, which heats the water faster than a burner or microwave. While the water heats, assemble the brewer and grind your beans.
Spoon 1 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 1 cup of water into a #6 cone-shaped filter. This larger filter allows freshly-roasted and high-density coffee more room for the water to soak properly into the grounds. Place the filter with coffee grounds on top of at least a 1-quart thermos, and brew directly into it.
By choosing a 1-quart thermos, grinding and measuring are made easy. Your average blade grinder contains about 2 ounces of coffee when filled to capacity. This is perfect for the 1-quart pot of coffee you will be preparing. Because the coffee brews in about 4 minutes, you should grind your beans for about 25 seconds, then dump them in the filter cone.
When the water in the kettle reaches a boil, and the kettle whistles, pause for a little bit to achieve a temperature that is just below boiling, which is the ideal temperature for brewing coffee. Wet the grounds with coffee. They will quickly form a cap. After a few seconds, the cap will settle, and you then pour more water over the grounds. Each time the water level in the filter lowers, pour more water, until the kettle is completely empty. You will find the pouring process lasts about 4 minutes, which is what you were looking for in the first place.