If you know me personally, you know that I love coffee. I. Mean. Love. IT! I
can’t won’t begin my day without a few cups. Everything about it just calls to me. I wake up and immediately gravitate towards the kitchen. The smell of freshly ground and brewed coffee starts to lift my fog, I anxiously await with my favorite mug in hand, because coffee just tastes better out of your favorite mug, right? Depending on my mood, I may or may not add a splash of real half and half. Then comes the best part, I cup my hands around the hot mug and savor these first moments of wakefulness; the warmth, aroma and flavor a balm for the soul. Ok, that was deep. My coffee journey began a little over a decade ago when I started my fist real job in Respiratory. I remember my roommate and I sitting in orientation sipping coffee liberally laced with French vanilla powdered creamer. See, I didn’t really like coffee in the beginning, I liked coffee drinks. My typical cup started nearly half full with imitation French vanilla creamer and then topped off with coffee. It was seriously enough to make my pancreas quiver. My coffee drinking habits slowly evolved to different flavors of non-dairy creamers. Have you perused the dairy isle lately, there are so many different flavors of creamer it will make your head spin. While some of them are pretty tasty, they are not exactly healthy. In my ever evolving quest for health, I have tried nearly every variety of creamer available. I have tried the soy creamers (which I don’t do soy anymore so that one is out), organic flavored half and half, almond milk, coconut cream, coconut creamers, milk, heavy cream, bulletproof coffee, and plain ole half and half. Then I discovered something: I like coffee black! Cue the gasps!! Who knew coffee tasted good black. I still occasionally drink it with a splash of half and half, but mostly I just drink it black. It usually comes down to the simple things, doesn’t it?
At the same time I have changed how I take my coffee, I have also went through various methods of brewing my coffee. I have went from a drip coffee maker, to a French press, to a keurig, back to a French press, and finally to a drip pot/single cup combo machine. While the French press will always be my preferred method, we have recently purchased a Hamilton Beach machine. It is quiet convenient, as you can brew a full or half pot, use k cups, or the included reusable filter for a single cup. Perfect? No. But it works for us. Although, when it dies, I will probably be purchasing another French press.
How do you take your coffee? What is your favorite method of brewing?