Coffee, this is not one of the most Paleolithic things that we do, or drink in this case. But, it is something we enjoy a lot and that we feel really enriches our life.
So, what is it that we enjoy about coffee? First of all, none of us are really depending on it to keep our minds clear or wake up. However, one cup a day unfortunately brings some addiction, that we have phased out two times and it is not a pleasant experience. Being without it definitely does limit our cognitive abilities and motivation especially. Not to mention the headaches…
The morning cup of moka coffee
But, what we do enjoy is the taste and the experience around it all. Having a cup of coffee together in the morning is a perfect start of the day and it is a time together that we really value and appreciate. In the morning we have a small cup each of some freshly brewed moka coffee. After a summer in Munich relying on strong coffee and having such a brewer at home, Magnus felt it appropriate to get one when coming back. Finding one without plastic handles and such was not the easiest, but eventually we found one at an antiques dealer. A Miss Lavazza produced by Balzane in Italy and made of Inox 10/18 stainless steel. It works perfectly and produces such well tasting coffee.
Fine ground for moka brewing
To keep as much of the flavours in the beans as possible we grind the beans just before starting the brewing process. For the moka brewing it is preferable to have a nicely ground, almost espresso-like grain sizes, which increases the exposure of the coffee to the water that is pressed through it.
The weekend and afternoon french press
When we feel that we have some more time to spend enjoying a larger cup of coffee we go with french press coffee. It is not that the brewing takes more time, but rather that the larger cup takes longer to finish.
For the french press one wants to have slightly more coarsely ground beans since the coffee will be immersed in the water for a few minutes and the exposure to the grain surface is not as important. Rather a nice size is when non of the coffee gets through the filter of the press.
For the grounding part we have a Hario hand grinder. It took us a while to find a suitable one with as few plastic parts as possible and preferable one with ceramic burr, but we found this one and are really happy with the results it produces!
How do you enjoy your coffee?
Cecilia & Magnus