The other day, my son, Bubba, decided he wanted to make coffee.
"Mama," he said. "How to you make coffee?"
"You put some ground beans in the filter, fill the coffee maker with water, and then wait for it to get finished."
The boy had seen his dad grind coffee beans, so step one was not a problem. He placed a new filter (after a lot of searching for one) in the filter cup. Then came the water part. He carefully inspected the machine to figure out where to put the water. He put his fist into one of the openings. "It's not wet," he said. "It must not go there." He poured the water into the filter, over the grinds.
"Dude!" I said. "The water goes there." I showed him where he had put his fist. "It wasn't wet, because it hadn't been used in a while."
We cleaned up mess one, and tried again. This time, he put the water in the right place, but when the beeper went off, indicating the coffee was done, there was nothing but a few drops in the pot.
We opened the lid. All the hot water was on top of grinds in the filter, but it didn't go through.
"I know what I did," Bubba said. "I didn't take the plastic part out of the filter cup."
We cleaned up mess two, and tried again. This time he got it right.
So, ladies and gentlemen, this is what Bubba learned about making coffee:
1. Grind the coffee beans.
2. Find and insert filter into the filter cup, making sure liquid can pass through to the coffee pot. Remove parts that inhibit this.
3. Add ground beans to the filter.
4. Add water to proper reservoir.
5. Make sure coffee maker is on.
6. Wait for the beep, indicating brewing is finished.
7. Carefully pour coffee into suitable coffee mug.