Ever stop to think that it’s always beverage time, always beverage weather? Morning, noon, night, and the hours in between; summer, winter; surrounded by family, entertaining friends, or relaxing along. You can be as festive, as ceremonial, as casual as you please with beverages. Here is my favorite beverage – coffee.
Coffee’s not only the key to a pleasant way to start the day or end it, not only a quick, gratifying pick-me-up on a busy morning or a warm greeting when friends meet-in short, it’s not only a marvelous beverage but a fascinating flavor, unlike any other flavor in the world.
What’s the key to a really satisfying cup of coffee, one that’s full-bodied and just plain good? The secret of perfect coffee, no matter which method you use, is as simple as this: Fresh coffee, exactly measured and ground just before brewing; fresh water; a thoroughly clean coffee maker; immediate service.
Here are a few tips to remember when you make your cup of coffee:
- After you open your paper bag of coffee or vacuum can, best use it up within a week.
- If coffee has gone stale, don’t use it.
- The right-size coffee maker is important: if you are a two-cup family, use a small coffee maker, and save the large one for the company.
- Best way to measure your coffee is to use a standard measuring scoop.
- Always brew it just under the boiling point, but never let your coffee boil.
Perfect Cup of Coffee
- 1 scoop of ground coffee for each cup
- milk, cream, honey for serving
- cookies - optional
Pour boiling water into the coffee press and stir with a wooden spoon to mix all the coffee grounds thoroughly.
Let steep for at least 5 to 8 minutes and then slowly push down the top of the press the coffee grounds to the bottom of the glass carafe.
Pour the coffee into heat-retaining ironstone or ceramic cups.
Coffee this good needs to be served with fresh whole milk or cream and a natural sweetener such as honey or organic sugar.
La Table De NanaFebruary 26, 2013 at 8:59 pm
I knew a French press would be involved..didn't expect the first TOILE..that I would gladly love to know how to paint..
Sandra MihicFebruary 26, 2013 at 9:31 pm
Yelena, I am huge fan of coffee and tried to give up many times and always failed…I simply love any kind, any time 😀
Great pictures as well as post… Have a lovely day!
melangeryFebruary 26, 2013 at 9:40 pm
Dear Nana and Sandra, thank you for your beautiful comments, I wish we can get together all of us and have a cup of coffee together-) With cookies, of course!
MedejaFebruary 26, 2013 at 10:34 pm
I can almost smell that coffee 🙂 and cookies are not optional, I think they are mandatory 😀
melangeryFebruary 27, 2013 at 1:27 am
I am completely agree with you Medeja, for me cookies are not optional-))) I love to have something sweet with my coffee-)
Rebecca SubbiahFebruary 27, 2013 at 3:22 am
love this post and you can't beat good coffee
Carol | a cup of mascarponeFebruary 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm
Sounds PERFECT! After all these years being a coffee lover, I just started using a coffee press a couple months ago. Love this post, makes me want to cuddle up with a pot right now.
melangeryFebruary 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm
Good morning Carol, thank you for visiting. You know what would be perfect with cup of coffee – apple cinnamon streusel muffins-) Have a wonderful day today!
MarinaFebruary 27, 2013 at 3:17 pm
Only you can make a coffee look so beautiful! You should start selling prints of your photos, really! I can smell coffee and spring…. 🙂
Nami | Just One CookbookFebruary 27, 2013 at 9:45 pm
We drink tea and coffee religiously. Thank you for this post. My husband makes coffee for me and I'm sending him this link to make sure he's doing the good job. Haha!
Swathi IyerMarch 1, 2013 at 8:45 pm
I love coffee a lot, my hubby on the hand loves tea. so both are must in our home. Love the click.