Like most of you- I pretty much live on coffee. I think coffee could be my love language…
How to make Great Coffee
I absolutely love my coffee maker! You can read more about it here. I’m hoping that this year I’ll be able to wake up early on more of a regular schedule. Here’s hoping that the baby starts sleeping through the night!
So how exactly do you make great coffee?
It starts off with 2 things-
Great coffee beans and a clean coffee maker
I clean our coffee maker about once a month or so with vinegar water. (Some coffee makers recommend to clean it after 45 uses) I use about 2-3 cups of vinegar with 2 cups of water and start the machine. After it runs through the machine, I dump the vinegar water in the sink and then add more water to flush any remaining vinegar. I usually run about 2-3 cycles of water. While I’m running the machine I wipe down the outside and burner. This typically takes about 20 minutes total.
The next step is to have great coffee beans. If I really want to make my coffee wonderful, I grind my own beans. I love Trader Joe’s coffee- and typically pick one of the beans they have there. They have a great guide you can look at and find your favorite bean.
If I don’t have time to grind my own beans, I typically go for the good-ole standard, Folgers. Let’s face it- you can’t beat Costco or Sam’s Club for the price!
I like my coffee strong, but not so strong that it makes my hair stand on end.
I tend to use 1 1/2 Tablespoons per 2 cups. Depending on how my night went, (aka how many times I was up nursing the baby) I vary the measurement. Sometimes its 1 1/2 Tablespoons and others its 2 Tablespoons of coffee.
The next step is the secret and key ingredient…salt!
That’s right- SALT!
A dash or two of salt takes the bitterness and acidity of the coffee away making it taste smooth.
Trust me– next time you make a pot of coffee do yourself a favor and add a pinch of salt. You’ll notice a big difference!
That’s how you make a great cup of coffee!
(and yes, those are our counter tops… I’m embracing this season in our life and choosing contentment)
And if you like creamer like I do- here’s a little tip:
Life Hack: Add your creamer before you pour your coffee in the cup. The coffee will mix the creamer so that you don’t have to use a spoon!
How do you like your coffee?
I wish I could sit and enjoy a steaming hot cup of coffee with you while watching the snow fall.