Dear Barbara: My mom always makes coffee by boiling water on the stove and then pouring it over ground coffee in a coffee filter and basket set on top of a coffee cup. I’ve never seen anyone else make it that way, but she likes it better than a coffee pot. I’ve always wondered, though, does it brew the coffee properly? To get a perfect cup, I feel that you would need to make sure the water is the right temperature and soaking the grounds long enough. Do you have any thoughts?
— Lauren from Stockton