It’s no secret that I like coffee. Few things bring me greater pleasure in life, than sitting down at my computer and wrapping my hands around a steaming cup of coffee before starting work.
How do you take yours?
When I wake up in the morning, I head for the kitchen, bring out the coffeemaker and prepare my coffee. To some, the ritual (fill coffeemaker with water and coffee, put on hob, wait for coffee to ‘cook’, turn off hob, wait for a minute, then pour), might seem like a whole lot of bother. But, in actual fact, it’s not; it takes about five minutes. And, I love every minute of it.
The importance of ritual
When I prepare my morning coffee, I think about a whole bunch of things and nothing. By the time I pour out the coffee and grab my Bible for my morning prayers, regardless of what happens the day before, or what’s in store ahead that particular day, somehow, life doesn’t seem so bad.
So, in celebration of coffee and the rituals that keep us sane, this is the journey of my coffee-making, from the supermarket to my gob (that’s British slang for a mouthy mouth).
Step 1: the purchase
The first thing I do is get the coffee (obviously). I always buy coffee beans, which I grind at home, because nothing beats the smell and taste of freshly ground coffee. Having said that, I buy ready-made ground coffee from the supermarket, and I take my trustworthy French press with me when I travel internationally. Yes, I’m aware that there are worse things in life than bad coffee, but I’m loath to try.
By the way, I prefer Ethiopian coffee, but I’m also partial to Bolivian – they’re just nigh on impossible to get.
I’m not going to deny that I am a bit of a coffee snob, but, I’m also a realist. If I’m out of coffee and I’m in a supermarket doing the weekly shop, I’ll get the supermarket brand. And some of them are actually quite good.
Step 2: the grind
And now for the exciting bit. I open up the coffee packet, inhale and smile. I’ve done this a million times and I never tire of doing this. Then, I take out the coffee grinder, and start grinding.
Step 3: the pouring
When I finish grinding the whole packet of coffee beans, I transfer the whole thing into a coffee jar and into the freezer. To be honest, I don’t really need to do this, as it just needs to be stored in a cool area. But, my kitchen can get terribly busy and overheated, what with me experimenting with all kinds of recipes and exploding pots.
I could store it in the fridge, but it takes up space. So, into the freezer it goes.
Step 4: making the coffee
- I take out the coffeemaker and fill it with water and coffee
- Then, it goes on the hob
- I listen out for the hiss and eruption of steam
- Turn off the hob
- Let it stand for a minute or two
- Pour and enjoy.
Coffee, how do you drink yours?