Let’s Talk About Coffee
Like most people, I discovered coffee in college. I mean, I drank it before, but really just those sugary syrupy gateway-drug drinks at Starbucks (notably Frapuccinos and Gingerbread Lattes). Then, in college, I got really into coffee. You know how I’m really into food? It was kind of the same way for coffee. I remember when I stopped putting sugar in it (sophomore year).
I was kind of cheap (still am). So, I started brewing my own coffee every day instead of paying dear, sweet, scarce money for someone else to brew inferior coffee. Now, I lived in a dorm with a roommate. (Really, a wonderful roommate.) I had a tiny little four cup Mr. Coffee maker with an automatic switch off, because dorm fire safety rules prohibited anything without one. My obsession was obvious – for Christmas that year every single gift I got was coffee-related. I had just started dating John at the time and he got my my first stovetop espresso maker.
He’s always been such a thoughtful gift-giver.
I came home after winter break with a coffee grinder, because I wanted ever better, fresher coffee.
My Mr. Coffee maker served me faithfully for 2 years. Then my Papa got me a cappuccino maker for Christmas and my coffee-snobbery was taken to all-new heights. I spent the summer before senior year perfecting my cappuccino-making abilities. Senior year I would take up an hour and a half before class just to fit in a full breakfast and two cappuccinos. Heaven.
After I graduated, my obsession with coffee dwindled, possibly because I had already discovered how I like it best and I sort of focused my energy into food. I still made capuccinos every day, with an option to use my French Press if desired.
I once visited my brother, who was living in Pittsburgh at the time, and discovered he had no way of making coffee. I bought a plastic drip coffee cone and brought it back with me – it is also an excellent way to make coffee.
Finally last summer, after years of resistance, John finally started drinking coffee. I was pumped. We started going to Dunkin Donuts every morning before work to get coffee together, switching off who pays. My cheaper side kind of got angry with me. So, after some amazon research, I got us a 10 cup drip coffee maker so we could brew coffee at home to bring with us to sip in the mornings.
Yes. Now I have 5 different ways to make coffee at home.
So I almost never buy coffee, unless it’s to support my favorite local coffee shop, Drip. Then, I see it as a luxury. My favorite beans are Whole Foods’ Allegro French Roast, Peet’s French Roast, the Coffee Exchange‘s Santo Domingo Blend, and Burlap and Bean‘s espresso roast. I buy as fresh as possible and grin it myself. I keep beans in an airtight container for not more than a week on the counter.