Good coffee - the holy grail. It's okay to eat mucilagenous sluge out of a baggie - but don't mess with the bean!
I'm with Phil on the cowboy coffee. Back in the days when pots had bails (remember?) I'd do the side-arm swirl to settle the gounds; centripedal force is the ticket. Now I add a drab of cold water and then bang the side of the pot to settle the grounds. If you're careful decanting, you don't get more than trace levels of grounds in your mug. If you're less than careful, it builds charactor and provides an extra jolt.
When I don't want to bother, I use an Italian instant expresso (Medaglia D'Oro), which I think is about as good as instant gets at a price that doesn't demand selling the gold mine.
Regarding disposing of grounds - I always blend them into forest duff...same with tea leaves. I'm curious about people's thoughts about disposal.