Hacking Your Coffee Maker as a Cooker

People tend to be divisive over their tech preferences. Mac vs. PC, Nikon vs. Canon, Android vs. iPhone, and now, Keurig vs. Cuisinart. If you love your pot-brewing coffee maker and you need a fantastic argument against those by-the-cup pod brewing java systems, this is it: you can cook at least 10 different dishes using your coffee machine.

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The fantastically-named blog, Geekosystem, rounds up 10 foods that you can make using no other kitchen appliances but a traditional pot-brewing coffee maker.

The list ranges from the expected, like hot-water staples ramen and oatmeal, to the truly outrageous, like brewing your own beer using cereal, vegemite and seaweed.

  • Grind up your ‘grains’ (but not so much that it becomes powder).
  • Place your ‘grains’ in coffee pot (not the filter basket, the carafe).
  • Run 2 cups of clean water through coffee maker and let it sit on the hot plate for an hour. This releases all the good chemicals from you ‘grains’ and creates a fluid called wort.
  • Strain the wort through the coffee filter and place the filter full of ‘grain’ into the filter basket. Add the ‘malt’ to the filter basket. Pour the strained liquid back into coffee maker and add 1 cup of water.
  • Run the wort through the coffee maker 5 times, each time adding 1 cup of water.
  • Pour the wort into the saucepan and boil for 45 minutes. Two minutes before boiling is done, add the hops.
  • Carefully pour the wort into the canning jars.
  • Let the wort cool to between 60 and 70 F. Once it is cool enough to touch the outside of the jars without burning, pitched the Bakers’ Yeast into the mixture.
  • Seal jar with a handkerchief and rubber band over the mouth, and let sit for 3 to 5 days.
  • And table spoon of sugar to the jar and seal with the lids, making sure they’re air tight.
  • Store in a cool, dark place where it will not be disturbed for a week.


Useful? Maybe if you found yourself snowed in at a hotel with no room service. But awesome? Definitely.

Head on over to Geekosystem for the full list and let us know if you plan on trying any of the recipes. That is, if you're not repulsed by the idea. Our dishwasher chefs should be OK with it, at least.


(Images: Flickr member Food Thinkers licensed for use under Creative Commons, awdsgn.com)

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Taryn is a writer, maker, and designer based in Atlanta, and editor of lifestyle blog Formal Fringe. She loves her fiance, her dog Bacon, and collecting beer koozies when she travels.

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