Level of difficulty: easy but a bit annoying.
The Jim score: as yet, untested
Dave was right when he said this was something I would definitely NOT attempt had it not been for the challenge. And as January is a no-alcohol month, it is also something I am loathed to try without gin. Be sure that when it comes to February the fruits of this labour will be tried and tested and I will report on findings. But for now, here’s how it went…
Using Dave’s recipe (he kindly turned up at the office with the more difficult to come by ingredients citric acid and cinchona), I set this up very quickly as the first part of the process is very simple indeed. It involves taking all the ingredients, mixing them together and leaving them in a container for a few days – mine ended up being left for about four nights.
3½ cups water
¼ cup powdered cinchona bark
¼ cup citric acid
3 limes, zest only
3 lemons, zest only
2 oranges, zest only
3 stalks lemongrass, chopped
4 whole allspice berries
3 whole cardamom pods
¼ teaspoon Maldon sea salt
Ingredients waiting to be dealt with.
Dealt with ingredients.
Now we wait.
So, the next day I bought different filters and started again. It was a little quicker, but the mixture was no way as clear as Dave’s looks. That meant I continued to filter, and ultimately the liquid was filtered FOUR TIMES. No joke.
Anyone need around 125 filters for a drip coffee machine?