Wake up to a perfect cup of coffee!
Throw away your electric coffee maker, your paper filters and start enjoying the best tasting cup of coffee ever!
Coffee and I go way back. We were pretty good friends in high school when I needed that extra boost of caffeine before heading home after a night of partying. We became even closer when I went off to college, when it was needed to pull an all-nighter or to warm up on a cold Boston day. But we became really tight after I moved to South America and I experienced what real coffee tastes like when it
Like most coffee drinkers, my morning addiction started with the addition of lots of cream and sugar. And just like most Americans the quality bar was pretty low - diner swill, MacDonald's mud, Mom's percolator brew - it didn't matter. Coffee was caffeine and quality wasn't an issue. "I'll take a medium coffee, regular.", was my mantra for many years.
When I moved to Colombia (that's another story), café capital of the world, home of the infamous Juan Valdez, I was exposed to a whole new world beans. There, café was drunken
When I moved back to the US it was necessary to my well-being to duplicate the way java was made in Colombia, as there was no going back to Dunkin Donuts and diner swill! So when I lived in Miami I made it the way they did in Colombia, the old fashioned way: with a "sock".
A few years of going back and forth between Miami and Colombia ended with me moving back to the US permanently, but to my home state of New Jersey. Here, sock filters were somewhat harder to find. (I always had someone bring me one from Colombia when I lived in Miami.) So I reluctantly began the endless quest for the perfect coffee machine. Mr. Coffee. Mr. Coffee Deluxe. Braun. Melitta. Black & Decker. Gevalia. Hamilton Beach. Cuisinart. Bought them, tried them, hated them.They were poorly designed. They were all made in China (by the same factory, I swear). And, they made a lousy cup of Joe.
Then I discovered the Keurig. Oh, it was love at first sip! All the different flavors, the coffee was nice and strong (but pricey), and the convenience! It made one cup at a time. No more pots, no leftovers. But the love affair was short lived, as my wonderful Keurig soon began to malfunction, hissing and spitting droplets of liquid mud until it died, suddenly and unceremoniously, and it too ended up on the curb, destined to reside with the rest of the too-cheap-to-be-worth-repairing Made in China small appliances piled high in our landfills. Sigh.
But little did I know that my luck would change. One day I was in a local thrift shop and I found a nice little French press. It was made in Italy (French Press. Made in Italy. Hmmm.) And it was cheap. (Should be, it was a thrift store.) So I bought the little French press and went home and made a really nice cup of coffee. I was very impressed, elated, ecstatic actually. But it had its drawbacks. It was a small press, it made just one cup at a time, so it
Then I found another French Press, in the very same resale shop. This time it was an actual Bodum, the king of French presses (only it was made in Switzerland, not Italy, or France for that mattter....go figure), and it made 28oz of liquid gold! Pay dirt! So I went home, washed it (it was purchased from a thrift store. I know, I know, eeewww. I'm over it.) and made the most fabulous coffee I'd had since Colombia! I was in java heaven!
So this article promises to tell you how to make the perfect cup of coffee. But first, you need to buy a French press, and then the perfect beans! Some people swear by buying whole beans and grinding them at home. Others buy thirty dollar a pound organic fair trade coffee grown on the side of a mountain and roasted in small batches by an impoverished farmer who would rather be planting coca leaves, thank you, but has been convinced by the national army that that is not really a good idea,
So you get your authentic Colombian coffee and open the bag and stand there and smell it for a few minutes - it is intoxicating. For a 28oz French press measure out four to five heaping scoops. I use a coffee measure that I saved from a can of Melitta coffee. It's cone shaped. It measures about one measuring tablespoon. You can adjust the measurement after you have made a few pots. Strength is a personal choice. Boil 16oz of water. I use a Pyrex glass measuring cup and heat the water in the microwave for four minutes. Pour the hot water into the press. Then, fill the measuring cup with more water but just to the 12oz mark and heat in
Pour the result into your mugs and enjoy a truly perfect cup of coffee. If you want to keep the leftover coffee hot, pour it into a Thermos brand decanter, the stainless steel one that is made for camping. It will keep your coffee hot all day long.