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!
A while ago we shared this breakfast post with you, mentioning briefly how we used to be on intermittent fasting, 16:8. That means we skip the breakfast and have our first meal of the day at lunch. We have now decided to start that again due to a less stressful situation.
Experienced advantages from fasting
Now having the contrast, its possible to mention some of the great advantages that we experience from fasting:
The brain feels sharper
Less thoughts of food
Appetite regulation works much better
Less need for sleep
Feeling lighter in the body (not due to weight loss)
More power in the muscles
We still have our morning coffee with coconut oil (without taste) since we like to share that moment together before starting the day. The coconut oil helps bring out the flavours from the coffee and also adds some extra energy for the start of the day. It can still be considered fasting even though one eat pure fat, since the body does not need much effort to digest it and because the body should use fat for energy anyways.
During the weekends we like take some extra time to read out loud to each other. It is very nice to share a book and be able to discuss it while reading it.
We have a corner in our living room at the large window where we like to have our coffee. Its nice to get as much natural light as possible during early mornings.
A while ago we decided to take up eating breakfast again after about a year of doing intermittent fasting. Since the fasting stresses the body we felt that, maybe eating breakfast would decrease the overall stress level that we experienced. Apparently a protein rich breakfast is optimal to decrease the body’s stress coming from the urge to look for food. So, what do we eat for breakfast then? Well, we have a fried egg with some butter, together with home raw pickled meat and a cup of freshly brewed coffee.
Now you ask yourself “Hey, why do they drink caffein if they try to reduce the level of stress that their bodies experience?”. Well, the short answer is that you have to have some joy as well, right? And coffee is one of those things that we feel really adds a silver-lining to the day. That said we drink no more than two cups a day, often only one, and never have coffee after four in the afternoon, to minimize the effect on our sleep.
Varieties of coffee
Depending on the day of the week we have either a cup of moka coffee or french press. Since we brew more coffee with the french press, we tend to prefer a smaller cup of moka for the weekdays and have press coffee on the weekends. We will come back with a more detailed post on the different brewing techniques and choice of coffee beans etc. So, make sure to come back to check that out!
Pickled meat, a breakfast favorite
The pickled meat has really become a favorite. It is really easy to prepare and lasts for a long time. Since all you need in the morning is to cut a slice it is also very morning friendly and it has a nice texture and acidity that goes well with the eggs.
Boringly enough we have the same breakfast everyday. This is mainly due to time saving. We have found something that is easy to prepare and that we like to begin our day with and we both feel that it makes much more sense to put effort and thought into the lunch and dinners rather than trying to alter our morning meal.
The morning routine is that Magnus prepares the food and brews the coffee while Cecilia gets ready for the working day. Since she has a longer transport to her workplace this is a perfect division of work for us to be able to enjoy a nice breakfast together each morning. Usually frying the eggs, cutting the pickled meat and grinding and brewing the coffee takes about fifteen minutes, give or take, so it has become a fairly optimized process at this stage.
What are your breakfast routines? Do you have any favorites on the breakfast table?