Life

All Things…..Coffee!

Who doesn’t love coffee? Ok tea drinkers you can put your hands down now thank you! I mean coffee is LIFE to some. The smell, the taste, the blend, the beans, the way you brew it, right down to how you prepare it makes some go crazy excited. I know I am a HUGE coffee snob. I do not drink just any coffee nor do I drink it just any way. I have a “magic” preparation depending on where I am getting coffee or the brand of coffee being used. Go ahead and laugh but you know I am right about this. You can just taste when its not made to the “magic” specifications.

When it comes to coffee we each have our go to brand or blend. We may argue and bash one another on our coffee choices all in fun but one thing is for certain……we love coffee! Many new coffee drinkers think coffee is just coffee {I know my heart skipped with that one too} but it is not. So let’s start with the basics:

What is coffee?


Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, the seeds of berries from certain Coffea species. The genus Coffea is native to tropical Africa and Madagascar, the Comoros, Mauritius, and Réunion in the Indian Ocean.

What is a coffee bean and how do you get it?


A coffee bean is a seed of the coffee plant and the source for coffee. It is the pit inside the red or purple fruit often referred to as a cherry. Just like ordinary cherries, the coffee fruit is also a so-called stone fruit. Once the coffee has been picked, processing must begin as quickly as possible to prevent fruit spoilage. Depending on location and local resources, coffee is processed in one of two ways: … The Wet Method removes the pulp from the coffee cherry after harvesting so the bean is dried with only the parchment skin left on.

How to brew the perfect cup of coffee…..

  1. Use cold filtered water (if you don’t like drinking your home water, don’t make coffee with it)
  2. Measure your coffee- use 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 6 ounces of water (usually one cup on your brewer)
  3. Water temperature needs to be between 195 degrees –  205 degrees. If you boil water let it sit for 30 seconds before using it (water boils at 212 degrees which is a little too hot to brew coffee)
  4. Rinse your filter with hot water before brewing. Use a good quality oxygen bleached filter.
  5. Pour just enough water over the grounds (wet not saturated) to let them bloom (they get puffy). After 30-45 seconds continue the pour over. This will get the most flavor from your coffee.
  6. Drink your freshly brewed coffee within 30 minutes of brewing. Don’t let coffee sit in a brewer all day long. Make it as you need it.

Types of coffee makers/pots

Percolator: A coffee percolator is a type of pot used for the brewing of coffee by continually cycling the boiling or nearly boiling brew through the grounds using gravity until the required strength is reached.

I have one of these in my home!

Moka Pot: A stove-top or electric coffee maker that brews coffee by passing boiling water pressurized by steam through ground coffee. Named after the Yemenite city of Mocha, it was invented by an Italian engineer named Alfonso Bialetti in 1933. Bialetti Industries continues to produce the same model under the name “Moka Express”.

I have this one as well!!

French Press: A coffee pot containing a plunger made of fine mesh with which the grounds are pushed to the bottom when the coffee is ready to be poured.

Drip Coffee Maker: The most standard you see in homes today. You place your grounds in the basket and water in another turn it on and it brews it into a pot for you.

Many people now have a Keurig at home or if you are like me on your desk at work so that you can have a fresh cup of coffee each time. I mean who doesn’t love a fresh cup of coffee? Again tea drinkers you can put your hands down.

Brands of coffee

You have seen them walking down the aisles at the grocery store. They have tons and tons of brands. Here are just a few

  • Starbucks
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Foldgers
  • Maxwell House
  • Eight O’Clock
  • Nescafe
  • Chock Full O’Nuts
  • Millstone
  • Illy

The list goes on and on. You can get them pre-ground up, in pods, and in beans. In flavors and strengths a galore. That is only the start of it. You still have the add ins listed below!

Add ins abundance!

  • Milk
  • Half and Half
  • Creamer
  • Non-Dairy Milk
  • Flavor shots
  • Sugar
  • Splenda
  • Stevia
  • Honey
  • Sweet n Low
  • Equal
  • Butter (yes this is a thing)
  • Spices
  • Fruits
  • Marshmallows
  • Wiped Cream

Coffee Lingo

  • Affogato: The name makes it sound fancy, but an affogato has just two ingredients: coffee and ice cream.
  • Light & Sweet: Basically a lot of milk and sugar!
  • Americano: Basically just diluted espresso. The final drink is comprised of 2/3 hot water and 1/3 espresso, resembling a stronger version of regular brewed coffee with either a double or single shot of espresso.
  • Straight up/Black: Dark, bitter, and intense, black coffee is just what it says it is: coffee and more coffee. There is no milk, sugar, cream, or half-and-half in there.
  • Café Au Lait: simply means coffee with milk.
  • Cappuccino: espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam-cappuccino has more foam than milk
  • Iced Coffee/Cold Brew: It is just coffee over ice!
  • Espresso: The base of all coffee….pure caffeine…..
  • Flat White: A flat white is similar to a latte, but consists of a double shot of espresso topped with streamed frothy milk
  • Latte: espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam-mostly milk with a dollop of froth on top (my favorite during the fall when PSL comes out at Starbucks! PSL= Pumpkin Spice Latte)
  • Macchiato: one shot of espresso topped with foamed milk-can be served flavored-even hot or cold is a good choice
  • Mocha: caffeine-desperate chocolate lovers rejoice this is for you-coffee & chocolate!
  • Nitro Cold Brew: The newest fad on the coffee market-nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee
  • Red-Eye: a cup of coffee with a shot of espresso! Remember what I said espresso was right?

So next time you go to your coffee shop take a look at the menu you might be surprised at the options they have. Or you could surprise yourself and order one of the above!

Finally, Many thank you to the many photographers and graphic designers who created these images. You are beyond talented. Now go grab a cup of coffee!!

Cheers to a NEW you, NEW thinking, & a NEW life,

Nicole

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