How Do You Brew Your Perfect Cup Of Coffee?

How Do You Brew Your Perfect Cup Of Coffee?

Life is too short for bad coffee.  So how do you brew your perfect cup?

I always start out with fresh, whole beans.  This is so important if you want to enjoy the very best cup of coffee possible!  But don’t get me wrong, I won’t judge you if you buy it already ground.  Sometimes convenience wins.  I also occasionally use the grinder at the grocery store if I want the next best option.

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I grind my whole beans with a Cuisinart Coffee Grinder.  I’ve had it for a couple years and actually inherited it from my wife’s grandma, and it is still working great for me.   I do plan on upgrading sometime in the future.  Maybe a sweet old hand crank mill?  What do you use?

 

What’s in my mug right now?

Right now I’m drinking Cameron’s Organic Honduras blend.  It’s a medium-dark roast, with a smooth, silky finish.  Cameron’s coffee may not be a cool small biz brand, but it has never disappointed.  I couldn’t find the exact one I’m currently drinking, but I’ve had this one before and it was delicious!

I rarely buy the same coffee more than once, just because I love constantly trying new ones.  So there will never be a shortage of coffee reviews here if you need recommendations for something new to try!  I really prefer picking up some good fresh beans from a local coffee shop, but sometimes the grocery store just has to do in a pinch and there are some really good options out there.

 

My Go-To Methods

On the mornings that I wake up early to go to the gym, I like to have my coffee ready for me when I get out of bed.  So I use my Hamilton Beach 12-cup Digital Coffee Maker.  I’ve had it for more than 3 years, and it’s still going strong.  I love that it has some extra perks, such as the program start, and is a total steal, in my opinion.  Except for a chipped carafe, but that’s just at the fault of my clumsiness.  It’s actually a discontinued model, but the newer version has excellent reviews!

So after I finely grind my coffee beans, I place about 2 Tablespoons of freshly ground coffee in the filter per 6 ounces of filtered water.  I program it to begin a few minutes before my alarm clock is set to go off, and when I wake up, I am greeted by the wonderful aroma of coffee.

 

On days when I have more time, or when I feel like enjoying an afternoon cup of joe, I like to use my French Press.  I’ve had this one from IKEA for awhile, and it’s worked well for me, especially for that low price point.  But I recently bought a new 20oz one made by MasterClass at TJMaxx one day.  If I ever figure out more info about it, or if I have any new recommendations, I’ll update this post.

 

So, with the French Press…

I use the same coffee to water ratio – 2 Tablespoons to 6 ounces of water.  I heat my filtered water on the stovetop to the point of almost boiling, and then pour it into my French Press.  It steeps for 5 minutes before I press the coffee grounds.

If I want (or need) a stronger, more caffeinated cup, I’ll let it steep a few minutes longer.  I find that using a French Press allows for a much more flavorful cup of coffee, and is my current favorite brewing method.

 

Coffee Fit For A King

There are so many other ways to brew a delectable cup of coffee fit for a king, and I’m anxious to explore these other methods.  I’ve been reading up on pour over systems, thinking about trying that soon…  What do YOU suggest I test out first?

 

 

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