From Maxwell House to the Coffee House
In honor of my 100th blog post, I wanted to give you, my readers something special. Content that would help you and hopefully deepen your interest in the brewing process. I realize many of you reading this are very happy with your morning Folgers, K-cup or french vanilla. A few years ago, I was too – that is where the story begins.
My very first cup of coffee was Taster’s Choice. You know, the granulated coffee that dissolves in hot water? I added a tablespoon of Coffeemate creamer and sugar. It was the perfect first cup of the morning.
As I got older I wanted my coffee to be special, so one day I walked into my first specialty coffee shop. Wow – the menu was daunting!
Specialty Coffee is well prepared, freshly roasted & properly brewed.
When your only coffee experience has been heating water and adding a tablespoon of coffee granuals, how do you know what to order??? I thought about what I drank at home….I liked my coffee creamy and sweet. I saw picture of a latte on the menu board – it looked similar to my morning coffee. Then I saw almond syrup on the menu, yum! That almond latte was my first specialty coffee and it was delicious! For years, this was my go-to drink.
One visit, while waiting for my latte, I noticed the barista ground the coffee before brewing …..hmmmmm. Should I grind my coffee? It made sense to me why you would grind the coffee first. I knew it would make the coffee taste fresher, but do I want to take the time to do this at home? I decided to give it a try, and this was my first step towards specialty coffee at home!
I asked for a Cuisinart Grind and Brew for Christmas. This coffee maker grinds your beans and then brews the coffee, all with ONE push of a button! This seemed easy enough and made me feel confident in the transition from buying pre-ground at the grocery store to buying beans at the coffee shop. This first step was super easy and my morning coffee actually tasted much better than the coffee granuals I had been mixing with hot water, lol.
This experience wet my appetite for better coffee! Taking a risk in my comfortable coffee routine wasn’t so bad after all. But how did I go from grinding my beans to where I am now? One drink at a time. Coffee brings a level of comfort to all of us. We don’t want to change and I get that.
My journey has taken years, small steps at a time. I remembered the first time using a french press- I was terrified! I wondered, “Will this actually work? There are so many steps. This was so far from a push of a button!” My first french press at home was a mess! It was too strong and there were coffee grinds in my cup; and let me tell you, I didn’t touch it again for a week! One afternoon, I decided to try it again and this time it turned out great! Each step I took gave me more confidence to try something else .
Ready for some easy tips to help YOU take your first steps towards specialty coffee at home?
- Buy distilled or purified water. This first step will greatly improve the taste of your coffee.
- Look into coffee grinders. You can purchase one for as little as $10.
- Purchase a bag of coffee beans and grind them per the manual. Try this for your afternoon cup.
So now maybe you’re ready to step out and try………Little did I know that each step I took as the years passed would lead me to where I am today, a third wave coffee nerd, lol! But I will save the rest of that story for next week in part 2 and I hope you will be reading!