Anyone who knows me well knows of my love affair with coffee — warm, fragrant–beckoning me to when I’m cold, hungry and tired.
I am not coffee snob by any means, but I don’t just drink anything. That stuff in the breakrooms in offices across America? Forget it. Gas station coffee? Nope. Coffee from most diners, drive-ins and dives? No thanks.
It’s not that their coffee is bad, it’s just that mine’s better. I figure I should only pay someone money to do something if they can do it better than I can. That’s why I don’t eat out a lot, either, but that’s another story.
First thing in the morning I make myself a cup of hot coffee with my Keurig. It’s fast, it’s delicious and it’s a gentle way to introduce myself to the day ahead. Currently my favorite K-Cup is Revv. I also like San Francisco Fog Chaser.
In the afternoon I have iced coffee. Well, iced latte, actually. It’s a good six ounces of thick, rich espresso with another four ounces of whole milk added and then served over ice.
I make the espresso myself, mixing seven scoops of ground Starbucks Verona in a French press along with two cups of cold water. Yep. Cold water. The cold water brewing process keeps the coffee from developing that bitter after taste that can develop if hot water is not the right temperature, is brewed too long, sits too long or whatever.
Anyway, I let the cold brew sit for 8 to 12 hours and then press it and pour the resulting thick syrup into a carafe, cover it, and refrigerate it until ready to use.
I suppose if you like hot lattes, you could always zap the espresso in the microwave, zap the milk in the microwave and mix the two together, but I have never felt the need to do it. After all, I have my Keurig for hot coffees.
In the fall I find myself drinking more coffee than other times in the year. This month, especially, I am reluctant to stray too far from the fridge as I am on day two of NaNoWriMo and need all of the caffeine I can take.
Know of a better way to enjoy a cup of joe?