A routine part of my day is the obligatory morning cup of coffee. It’s a ritualistic process that I’ve done so many times that my muscle memory requires very few neurons firing in my brain. Which is a very good thing.
The cast of characters very rarely changes. The only pinch hitter is a different bean brand.
In particular, I love Cafe Milagro coffee which is grown and roasted near Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. But I’ve found a local roaster that I adore.
Really, it’s not so much the bean as it is the roast. I’ve discovered that I’m a huge fan of the Vienna roast, which gives the bean a light caramel flavor. Conversely, I’m not a huge fan of Starbucks espresso, because it’s a dark roast. Dark roasts are bitter to me, because they taste burnt. I try not to eat burnt food or drink burnt coffee. No, thank you!
I’ll take a steaming hot cup of The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie Costa Rican Reserve over that, any day.
So that’s where this coffee brewing business begins. With the beans.
Which make their way, in a big scoop, to our fancy, schmancy sport toy of a coffee maker. The AeroPress. It’s a one-cup wonder designed by the same company that brought us the Aerobie Superdisc (competitor to the Frisbee). Kinda random, right?
Some folks might like the Keurig, which is a single-cup coffee maker that uses K-cups. K-cups are little, plastic shots that are used to refill the Kuerig coffee maker.
Why don’t we use this? Well, I guess this is where my Northwest education kicks in. Reduce, reuse, recycle. I just can’t justify throwing away so many small plastic containers every day. I mean, that plastic has to go somewhere, right? And I’d rather it not be on my conscience. So, that’s my beef with the K-cup system. Moving on…
Next, comes my best friend. The electric kettle. It’s a blessed thing. (P.S. How the heck do you photograph steam? Must find out. This photo was a highly disappointing undertaking this morning.)
Hot water meet coffee beans. Coffee beans meet hot water. Give ’em a few stirs so that these two become one.
And now comes “the press” in AeroPress.
Where all of those lovely coffee oils and flavors filter through the coffee maker to brew up a single cup of pure perfection.
A generous pour of milk completes the process.
And that’s the cast of characters that support my daily addiction. I thought I’d give them props today for all that they do for me.
Thank you, coffee beans! Thank you, coffee grinder! Thank you electric tea kettle! Thank you, AeroPress! Thank you, Smith Brothers Whole Milk (not pictured)!