I consider my morning coffee one of life’s little pleasures. It’s the first thing I think about when I wake up. When I was going to my job, the coffee pot timer was set so the coffee would be ready as soon as I got out of bed. Now that I no longer set an alarm clock, and am not sure what time I’ll wake up, I just start my coffee after I wake up. It’s the longest 4-5 minutes of the day – waiting for that first cup!
I started drinking small amounts of coffee as a teenager, although my preferred breakfast drink back then was soda (Ugh!). My mother’s coffee was made in a percolator, and it wasn’t until (about) 1978 that I bought my first drip coffee maker, a Melitta, the nonelectric type which consisted of a plastic cone contraption that sat atop the glass carafe.
Using this method, water is boiled and poured over the coffee, which is placed in a paper filter and fitted into the cone and dripped into the carafe below. This is, of course, the basic idea behind all electric pots today. Some purists (including my father-in-law) still prefer the nonelectric drip method.
Discovering drip coffee opened up an entirely new coffee drinking experience for me, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Over the years I’ve collected coffee pots and tried many types of brewing. In addition to many electric drip models of varying cup sizes, I have at one time made coffee in:
|An espresso coffee maker|
|A cappuccino machine. Way too complicated!|
Electric drip machine with insulated thermal carafe. It came and it went.
|Stove top glass vacuum. Too fragile! (Although I still have this model packed away in the basement)|
But the absolute best coffee, in my opinion, is that made with a French Press Coffee Maker.
|French Press Coffee Maker|
It produces a rich, robust, full-bodied flavor, unequalled by any other coffee-making method. You want a coarser grind for the French Press than for the drip method. I use a burr grinder. (I might add that my first coffee of the morning is in a drip electric model; my mid-morning cup, or afternoon cup if I have one, is made with the French Press.
Boil the water; let it settle down about 30 seconds; pour a small amount into the pot to pre-heat the press and allow to stand while you grind the coffee. Empty the warming water, place coffee in pot and pour in a small amount of water to allow the coffee to bloom for a few seconds, stir and then pour the remaining water. Place plunger on top but don’t plunge yet. After about 4 minutes, press plunger slowly to bottom. Pour a cup and enjoy the best coffee ever!
It's best to empty the pot; it's not as good after it hangs around for awhile. For this reason, I have a very small 8 oz. pot I use when brewing only for myself.
I drink my coffee black, no sugar and no milk or cream. I want the real coffee taste!
So there's my experience with coffee pots. Everyone has a different opinion on what method of coffee brewing is best.
What method to you use to make your coffee?