I simply love a good cup of coffee. I love the flavor and adore the ritual of it. Coffee is a big part of my day . . . and not just because it helps wake me up, either.
What’s your perfect cup of coffee?
Is it at home? At a café?
Is if full of cream? Sugar? Both?
Is it hot? On ice?
Is it in a ceramic mug? Or do you fill a thermos with it and take it on-the-go?
I want to know! Really, I do!
My perfect cup of coffee:
Let’s start with the basics. . . it’s caffeinated.
The coffee beans are high quality, dark roast, and freshly ground.
The coffee is brewed in a French press.
I like it strong. I never measure, but I use roughly 1-1/2 tablespoons coffee grounds per 6-ounces of water.
It must be very hot!
My perfect cup of coffee comes in a pretty ceramic mug with a fairly thick, smooth lip. This really makes a difference to me.
It’s not just for breakfast or brunch. My perfect cup of coffee can be from morning through the afternoon.
And while I think I make a mean, super yummy cup of coffee, sometimes my perfect cup is while I’m out and about. Ideally with a good friend, on their sofa, chatting.
Coffee is also lovely while sitting on an outside deck with a pretty view on a cool day. Oh, and while I’m drinking it, I’m wearing a super warm, soft sweater. Just like the commercial. You’ve seen that one, right?
- Preheat your press by filling it with very hot water.
- Grind your coffee beans. They should be ground medium to coarse.
- Pour out the hot water from the press.
- Add the ground beans.
- Fill the press to the desired level with almost boiling water. (Bring your water to a boil in a kettle, then let it sit for a minute or so.)
- Gently stir.
- Cover with the lid, but do not press yet.
- Press after waiting about 4 minutes.
- It’s ready!
My favorite place for a coffee-to-go is Peet’s. And if I’m at such coffee establishment, I order a triple shot latté made with half and half. (Most places call this a Breve — and others don’t know what I’m talking about.) Oh, and hold the foam, please.