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?