My perfect cup of coffee is made in a French press. It’s decadent to serve it this way. In this post I explain how to make coffee with half and half so that it perfectly blends.
I love a good cup of coffee. Love!
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. I actually sometimes look forward to my morning coffee the night before.
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.
No sugar and never any artificial sweeteners.
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.
Learning how to make coffee with half and half is crucial to my perfect cup. You will see . . .
How to Make Coffee with Half and Half
You probably think this is a no-brainer, and that it doesn’t require directions. Well it’s true, everyone can certainly mix half and half with their coffee — however, in my experience the following is the best way to do it.
- Pour the desired amount half and half into the mug you’ll be drinking your coffee in before you make the coffee.
- Heat it in the microwave to take the chill out, maybe 20 seconds.
- Once the coffee is ready, pour it directly into the warmed half and half. Don’t use a spoon! The pour mixes it perfectly, and it’s a lovely process.
One morning while I was attending Culinary school, I just happened to be standing next to one of the head chefs as he was making his coffee. There was no discussion about it, but I watched him add the half and half to his cup and pour the coffee into it. I’ve never done it another way since. 🙂
It’s not just for breakfast or brunch. My perfect cup of coffee can be from morning through the afternoon.
When to Have a Perfect Cup of Coffee
This really needs no explanation. There’s never a wrong time!
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? 😉
Now let’s learn how to make coffee in a French press.