It’s the nectar from the gods, or, that thing that – if you don’t have – causes major pains for the people around you: coffee. Nowadays a cup o’joe from Starbucks will run you a couple dollars and if you’re anything like me one cup of coffee a day isn’t going to cut it. So then you end up spending $5 a day on coffee, seven days a week…well, it’s expensive. Not to mention not that good. My recommendation? Learn how to make your perfect cup of caffeine for a fraction of the cost in the comfort of your own home. There’s two methods of brewing I’ll discuss here, and another for you go-out-and-get-‘em types. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about coffee in this coffee crash course.
A lot of people steer clear of the French press method because they think it’s too much work. It’s not. It’s actually just as easy, if not easier than preparing your standard drip coffee and it tastes (in my opinion) a million times better. Coffee connoisseurs appreciate perfectly roasted beans, brewed at the right temperature and made to taste. Of course you can go through the work of grinding your beans every morning and measuring the temperature of the water you use for a French press – but you don’t have to. If you need coffee to keep you functioning in the morning (like me) you might consider the course Sleep Mastery so you can wake up feeling refreshed… whether you have coffee or not.
The easy way
- Buy your favorite kind of ground coffee. I prefer Wawa Colombian over any of the expensive stuff and it only runs $7.99 a pound which lasts me and my boyfriend a week or more.
- The rule of thumb is one tablespoon of ground coffee per 6oz of water, however, I prefer a stronger brew so I do three tablespoons per 10oz of water for the perfect brew.
- Heat your water to near boiling, you can do this in the microwave or on the stove. I warm the water in a Pyrex measuring cup.
- Put your ground coffee into your French press while you water is heating.
- Dump the water in a circular fashion (to imitate a drip brew) and then put the top of the French press on.
- Wait one minute and then stir the coffee grounds up to spread them out.
- Wait two minutes and then push the French press filter down and voila, you have coffee.
The filter on the French press keeps any grounds from going into your morning jumpstart.
*French press pro’s make sure the temperature of their water is somewhere between 170F-190F – but you don’t have to worry about that, unless you want to.
- Drip coffee is what you get at pretty much any coffee shop, gas station and what a lot of people brew in their own home. You know the standard machine, the coffee pot that sits under a filter with coffee grounds in it while water slowly drips through and into the pot.
- Fill up the coffee pot with warm water to your preferred amount. Most coffee pots will have markings on the side that indicate “1 cup”, “2 cups” “4 cups” etc.
- On the top of the coffee machine there is a flap you open and inside you should see a water reservoir. Dump your water in there and replace the coffee pot to its home under the filter.
- Get a filter, double-check what kind of filter your pot uses. Some machines use cone and some use a standard type. Some coffee makers have built in mesh filters – that’s fine too.
- Use the rule of thumb discussed above and put in one tablespoon per 6oz. Again, you can change this to taste and add more water per cup (I mean, 6o isn’t really a full cup of coffee…I’m more of the 10oz thought school.)
- Make sure the filter, with the coffee grounds, is placed back into the machine so it is resting about an inch above the coffee pot itself.
- Flip the on switch and there you go – coffee!
This is a method used by a lot of people who prefer iced coffee or to make their own iced espresso. For tips on how to make excellent espresso coffee check out the course espresso coffee maker secrets. It requires you to have a tool called a toddy. This is a container with a drain at the bottom with little legs to stand it off the surface it’s sitting on. In addition to the toddy you should have a plug and a round material filter that come with the toddy to complete this process.
- Wash out your toddy and place it on a stable surface.
- Ground approximately 5 cups of a coffee of your choice (I find dark beans or espresso beans works best here).
- Make sure the little plug is in the bottom of the toddy and the filter that comes with it is over the indented circle at the bottom of the toddy.
- Put the large, normal, paper filter filled with coffee grounds into the toddy.
- Use cold water, approximately 5 cups, and pour it over the coffee in a circular motion. Make a big circle around the outside and work your way in. Only pour three cups of the five in and ten wait ten minutes. The coffee will start to “grow”. After 10 minutes, pour the other 2 cups of water in. At this point, the coffee and water should almost be at the top of the toddy. Leave a little bit of room because the coffee will expand as it brews.
- Cover the toddy with plastic wrap and let it sit for six hours. Yes, it seems like a long time but it’s worth it.
- After the six hours, place the toddy on top of a bowl, pitcher, or container of some sort (it as nice little legs on the bottom that make this easy to do) and pull out the plug. The coffee will drain into your container and the grounds get caught by the filters.
- Refrigerate the iced coffee! If it’s too strong, dilute the iced coffee with 1/3 part water for a good iced coffee, or keep it strong and use it for iced espresso drinks (like iced lattes!)
Making coffee at home gives you the flexibility you need to make the perfect cup, plus it’s more affordable and you can do it without having to go anywhere. All reasons to give it a try! Coffee lovers unite your love with baking and learn how to bake tiramisu. You won’t be disappointed. If you’re not that into coffee – it’s okay, I’ll forgive you. Think about trying Crio Bru (made from crio beans) or cacoa (chocolate). Here’s a course with some healthy raw cacoa drinks to give a try.