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First thing on my agenda every morning is COFFEE. I brew it at home because if I had to go out and get it, it wouldn’t be the first thing now, would it?
I drink my coffee one cup at a time, which is why I like to brew it one cup at a time using the pour-over coffee method. Think about it, doesn’t freshly brewed coffee taste so much better than coffee that’s been sitting in a pot? The answer is, of course, YES!
Now, you may think that brewing yourself one cup of coffee at a time is tedious and time consuming or you might think that you need expensive equipment and gadgets to do it but, nope. You don’t need much time, effort or even gadgets to have a freshly brewed cup of coffee every single time.
I’m sure you know that the most important part of a making a good cup of coffee is the actual coffee. Fortunately, buying coffee that tastes great is easy nowadays. You can even walk into your local supermarket and find quite a variety of tasty options.
The last time I went to Safeway I picked up some Starbucks® Pike Place® Roast. Have you tried it? This was my first time trying it (in fact, I’m sippin’ on it as I write this); it’s mellow and smooth, no bitterness at all.
FYI: For every bag of Starbucks® 10-12z & 20z Ground or Whole Bean coffee purchased at participating Albertsons Company stores in the U.S. from May 1st through May 28, Starbucks® provides one disease-resistant coffee tree to a farmer in Mexico, Guatemala or El Salvador. Starbucks will donate 70¢ to Conservation International for every bag of coffee sold at participating Albertsons Company stores in the U.S. through 5/28/17 to foster thriving coffee communities. To learn more, visit conservation.org/onetree.
Check out the special Starbucks “One Tree One Bag” commitment display in the coffee aisle!
As if, I needed more of a reason to stock up on coffee. No, but for reals, this is an easy way to help out a coffee tree farmer without even doing anything out of the ordinary. And if you’re a coffee lover, why wouldn’t you want to help out a coffee farmer?
And now for how I make my coffee…
No-Nonsense Pour-Over Coffee Method
- Coffee that you like, you could try theStarbucks® Pike Place Roast that I mentioned before (you’ll be using about 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 12 ounces of water).
- Cold water that you are going to turn into hot water.
- A coffee dripper thingamajigger (I prefer the ceramic kind, but I break them all the time so I always have a couple of plastic backup ones).
- A filter that fits into your coffee dripper thingamajigger.
- A kettle or some kind of vessel for heating water.
- A coffee grinder, if you are grinding your own coffee.
- A cup.
Pour cold water into your kettle and heat it up. Technically you are not supposed bring it all the way to a boil because that won’t result in the absolute bestest cup of coffee, but I always let it boil and then let it sit a bit so it’s not boiling hot when I start the whole pour-over business.
While your water is heating, go ahead and put the coffee filter in the dripper. Experts suggest that you first rinse the coffee filter in warm water to remove any paper flavor, but I am not an expert so I put it in dry and have never noticed my coffee coming out tastin’ like paper.
If you’re gonna grind your own coffee, now is the time to do it. I have a scoop that fits two tablespoons and I put two heaping scoopfuls of that into the grinder. Don’t over-grind your beans; shoot for a medium-course grind, like the texture of sand. If you aren’t grinding, use about 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 12-ounces of hot water.
Put your ground coffee inside the filter and then put the coffee dripper with the filter and coffee in it on top of the cup you’ll be using.
Once your water is hot enough (remember, it’s best if it’s not still boiling hot), pour it over the coffee beans evenly and slowly so that all the grounds get saturated. The coffee grounds will start to rise. Stop pouring for a bit until the suckas settle down and then slowly add more hot water. Be careful not to add too much because your cup will runneth over.
That’s it. It’s easy and through trial and tweaking you will find just the right amount of coffee grounds to use depending on your taste.
And don’t forget: Starbucks will donate 70¢ to Conservation International for every bag of coffee sold at participating Albertsons Company stores in the U.S. from May 1st through May 28 to foster thriving coffee communities.
To learn more, visit conservation.org/onetree. Do it now!
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