I have been using a French Press for almost 20 years. I love it but this month I broke 2 of the glass container and I hate seeing waste. I am now considering purchasing a metal one that would last. In the meantime, this morning I made my coffee in a percolator that I found in my “magic” laundry a few years ago. I thought it was so pretty and kept it on top of my cupboards as part of my kitchen decor.
I don’t make purchases lightly. I hate wasting my limited income on things I don’t need and purchasing something that I have to throw out 2 weeks later makes me crazy.
The coffee was perfect – it was easy and took less than 10 minutes. The average time to percolate is 7-10 minutes according to my google research at 6am this morning. I used the same measurements as I do in my French Press.
I love my coffee to be dark, full bodies, with lots of intense flavour – French Roast and Sumatra are my favourites. Whenever I am in London, Ontario I like to purchase my coffee at Fire Roasted. They are in the East End Market on Dundas Street, East.
Make that fair trade and organic and we are off to a very good start. I prefer to grind my own beans for optimum flavour too. Even beans ground the day before leave the taste wanting in my opinion.
When I started using Traditional Chinese Medicine as my healing therapy, the first thing Emily, my practitioner, recommended was only 1 cup of coffee per day. I am good at sticking to that. I want that cup the first thing in the morning – before food and I spend about a half hour sipping it and enjoying the start to my day. I love mornings.
I put the beans in my grinder measured to the 1.5 cup level. I grind and count to about 30 for the coarse grind recommended in a French press. I then add 12 ounces of boiling water. I stir it and let is sit for 5 minutes. Often I add a dash of cinnamon. I enjoy coffee with cardamon but not as my morning beverage with cream. Each morning I add 2 tablespoons of 5 or 10 percent cream.
Each morning this is my routine – it feels so luxurious, costs me about $1 per day and leaves me feeling like a pampered diva.
How do you make the perfect cup of coffee?