Is There a 12-Step Program for Coffee Addicts?
I’m not just a coffee addict. I’m also a coffee snob.
I truly enjoy my coffee, but I am picky and if I have to choose between cost and quality, I’ll choose quality every time.
The equipment I have includes a De Longhi coffee maker and Cuisinart burr grinder.
I had once considered getting the Keurig K-Cup brewer, but I like the quality I get the old fashioned way too much.
Cone-shaped filters are my preference because they provide a better brew, and I use only high quality, whole coffee beans. Let me say as well, it is possible to get fairly inexpensive, gourmet coffee beans.
As a general rule, I buy just enough coffee beans to last a week as older beans brew a lesser quality cup of coffee.
Storing coffee in the refrigerator or freezer is a mistake a lot of people make, believing it will prolong the freshness and life of coffee. However, to the contrary, it adversely affects the oils and therefore the taste of the finished cup.
I grind the bean only when I’m ready to brew a pot of coffee and I grind only the quantity needed for that pot of coffee. The great thing about the burr grinder I currently use is that it has settings for different sized pots of coffee.
I pay attention to the coarseness of the grind. I prefer a fine grind as I like a more robust cup of coffee. A coarser grind produces a flatter tasting cup of coffee.
I’m so lucky to be living in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada as we have wonderful clear, clean, fresh water available and it makes great coffee. However, I have had coffee during our travels in places like the prairies where only well water is available, resulting in a poor cup of coffee. In these circumstances, I would choose to use only bottled water.
And finally, I never reuse coffee grinds and I never reheat coffee…
Oh! I hear that lovely ‘popping’ and ‘gurgling’ coming from the kitchen. Time to get my cup of coffee!