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Coffee Our Way

Following up from yesterday...

Our favorite blend is Starbucks' Christmas Blend (seasonal availability, dang it!), with my wife liking Breakfast Blend as a second choice, while I tend to steer towards the "bold" blends. This morning, I opened a fresh bag of Beach Blend from Joe Muggs/Books-A-Million - not bad, and as I posted earlier, very smooth. Here's the brew-a-pot routine:
  • Grind beans fresh - if you're getting your coffee out of a can or a brick bag, you've already lost most of the flavor and all of the smell.
  • Two scoops - whatever your scoop-size, whatever the pot size, experiment with two scoops. Heaping if you think that's too weak, level or a scoop and a half if it's too strong. For me, two heaping scoops, or two level scoops and a tad extra.
  • Don't over fill the pot - enough water to brew with enough coffee.
  • Brew - our normal drip coffeepot is fine. If we've got time, I'll pull out the french press, which makes a smoother and less-bitter pot of coffee. But drip is fine for every day.
  • Flavor - I take a little flavored-creamer with mine, preferring the vanilla or nutty tastes, but not so much that I can't taste the coffee. No other sweetener for me, but my wife takes two pink packets and the creamer, preferring "southern pecan" to the vanilla varieties.
  • Mug - whether it's a travel mug or a nice ceramic mug, you can't properly drink coffee in anything too girly or too small. That's just me.
  • Routine - when you've experimented and have a pattern to make the "perfect pot", remember that and do it every time. Don't slouch - grind the beans, do the pot, etc, all the same way, and you'll get better at detecting blends and such in your home coffee adventures.
Need any pointers or help with the brew during the day? Don't hesitate to IM - "rickramble" on AIM. If I don't know, I can make something up. And I'll take mine with a little cream, thanks.


Blogger Renee said...

I'm gonna buy a bag of the starbucks breakfast blend when i am out this weekend. My problem is that i have a 12 cup coffeemaker and i am the only one drinking the coffee. I have a tablespoon that i scoop with. I experiment practically everyday. It makes me nuts!lol

I do like the carmel vanilla creamer in mine and i do like some of the other creamers. That's all i put in it is the creamer.YUM

28/6/05 1:28 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

first of all, your husband needs to get saved and start drinking coffee :)

go ahead and make the bigger pot, or downsize. thermal pot lasts longer, without burning, so you don't have to drink it all now. ours is 8-10 cup, and we make a pot each morning. one travel mug goes with vicki to work, two mugs with me (one for commute, one to walk in). if i make it in the evening, usually just me, but two big mugs.

and caffeine doesn't have the keep-me-up-all-night effect unless i drink the entire pot. short of that and it puts me to sleep. go figure.

28/6/05 1:33 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

Actually i just have a 10 cup pot. Tell me this oh Coffe Master...If i make a full pot in the morning and drink we'll say 2-3 mugs and i have leftovers, do i need to dump it or can it sit with the maker turned off just to be heated later. Would that be NAS-TAY?!

Also maybe you could have a talk with my hubby...he is wiggidy wack!lol

28/6/05 1:37 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

heh heh heh

If you've got a normal drip pot with the glass sitting on the burner, it'll get burnt if you leave the pot on, but it won't be worth having later on heated up. Just loses something. We had a double pot with espresso on one side, burner on the other - I didn't use it enough and we were going to the white motif, so we got a new thermal pot and grinder for Christmas. Best drip coffee I've had, and it stays warm for hours. Can make a pot at 8am and enjoy another cup after lunch.

NAS-TAY on the burned or nuked coffee. I'm a coffee-snob, not an addict - like it done right ;)

28/6/05 1:43 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

Thank you oh great coffee master....


28/6/05 1:58 PM  
Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

Ever since I got a coffee press and espresso machine I cannot go back to coffee pot coffee. I just can't, I won't!

28/6/05 1:58 PM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

Thanks for your recommendations. I've been enjoying a new (for me) espresso maker the last few days.

28/6/05 8:49 PM  

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