How do you make coffee? I love coffee – particularly in the morning! Strangely, it’s not about the caffeine, I will happily drink a decaf coffee as long as it is good coffee and made well. Part of my morning routine revolves around the making and drinking of a good coffee. Here are some of my favourite coffee techniques!
The quickest. Nespresso – Last year I brought a second hand Inissia Nespresso Machine, worth its weight in gold! Luckily the pods are easy to get hold off and many of my friends have a Nespresso machine so we make sure each other has pods. I like this because I can have multiple types of coffee including decaf ready to go with minimal fuss. Since there is no grinding or scooping necessary, this is a no mess no fuss system – great for mornings when I am running late!
- Turn machine on
- Ensure there is enough water in the water tank
- Add the pod
- Place cup under dispenser
- Press size appropriate button
Then I add foamed milk – made with my Nespresso Aeroccino – I do like a cappuccino in the morning, it reminds me of being in Italy! Ideally, I like to sit in my garden and drink it slowly, reflecting on the wonder that is coffee! But often I just sit in bed and drink it while wishing I didn’t have to head to work so soon! Choosing pods it fairly easy for me, I buy four boxes (10 pods each) in different flavours and depending on how many decaf pods I have one of my four is a decaf! Recently, I have been making a second decaf coffee for my ride to work just for comfort!
I enjoy a range of Nespresso flavours, here are my favourite this month: Arpeggio, Indriya from India, Bukeela Ka Ethiopia, and Ristretto Decaffeinato. It changes monthly and is often dependent on how tired I am when I get to the Nespresso Shop! I also enjoy trying the Speciality blends Nespresso does for special occasions or seasons!
On the go. Aeropress – My first travel coffee machine! It was a Christmas present that I fell in love with. that was about six years ago. While it does look tricky, it’s actually easy to use:
- Insert filter, screw on base
- Add coffee
- Place chamber on the mug (make sure this is big enough – otherwise BIG mess!)
- Add hot water up to the required mark
- Insert plunger and push down!
It is small and fits into hand luggage and handbags – although you do have to remember to grind your beans before you go! This also means you can buy coffee grounds as you go – handy when travelling and sampling local coffees. Some coffee sellers will sell a sample amount of grounds to taste.
Choosing your coffee ground down to personal taste, my favourites are a medium or fine grind. For me, it depends on the type of coffee I am using! For darker coffees, I like a medium grind and for lighter – yup, you guessed it a finer grind! Mostly, I stick a Tupperware of coffee into my packed lunch or keep it on my desk until it is all gone!
Cafflano – I saw a fellow diver using one of these and was determined to have one! To my amazement, I found one in a trendy coffee shop in Jeddah and now coffee at work is such a pleasure! It is an all in one coffee maker complete with a hand mill grinder for bean enthusiasts – which has easy to change settings! How many times have you been at work and really wished for a freshly ground cup of coffee?
This is definitely the answer to your prayers!
I love standing in the staff room grinding coffee and having everyone looking on in envy. The Cafflano Klassic is a great device for taking on dive trips, travelling and to work.
Since it has a grinder all you need is a bag of beans (zip lock it) and access to a kettle – every hotel or hostel! Never again do you have to submit to instant – YUCK!
The Cafflano also fits in any bag, okay maybe not every bag but any normal sized handbag!
- Add a scoop of coffee beans
- Grind away – great stress relief!
- Remove grinder, fill up the drip kettle
- Slowly pour water into filter
- When water is finished, remove the filter (I put it in the drip kettle until I am ready to clean it!)
- Add your sugar or milk and enjoy!
Lazy day coffee. My trusty filter machine with pot warmer for days (read the weekends) where the amount of coffee I drink is not going to cause any over excitement! Seriously easy, but it does take a few minutes to filter hence not so great in a rush! This is also great when I have guests!
- Add water
- Add coffee
- Press on and walk away!
Simple and easy, just the way I like it on the weekend – great for staying in bed or curling up on the sofa – the coffee not the machine!
How do you like to make your coffee?
For extra information on coffee grinding please check out Specialty Coffee Advisor.