The answer to Instapundit's problem is simple. My current method to coffee perfection is this:
- Use your electric kettle to get one cup of 212 degree water in about 45 seconds
- During this 45 seconds you can (if you hustle) coarsely grind some freshly roasted coffee and place two tablespoons in your SwissGold One Cup Coffee filter (about $10 from Sweet Maria's; click on link and scroll down).
- If you like, put the desired amount of Cream and/or sugar in your favorite coffee mug. Place the filter on the coffee cup and return to the Electric Pot.
- When the pot clicks off, wait a few seconds to let the water cool to a more optimum ~200 degree temperature and then fill the top of your filter with the near boiling water, place the lid on the top, and carry the cup/filter combo to your computer. Within 2 minutes or so you'll enjoy the perfect cup of coffee - fresh, temperature controlled, and slightly richer than paper filtered (though not a gritty as French Press). I usually just put the filter on the lid on my desk till I'm ready to make another cup.
Now this doesn't meet the timer criterion, but it is dribble free (the coffee is already in your cup!), is hot enough (pouring water from hot pot is ideal temperature control), does make strong coffee, and certainly doesn't beep. This may be heretical from a geek, but sometimes low-tech is best...