Um, I love coffee.
I’m not joking. I LOVE COFFEE. Too much. Also, I am a really, really, really, really bad coffee snob, which makes the East Coast difficult for that one reason only: I’m not into Dunkin Donuts (sorry guys!), Starbucks is always mediocre and overpriced, and the independent chains don’t focus on the great flavors that can come out of a decently roasted brew. (Can you tell I’ve done my fair share of cupping? Yeah.)
Call me a spoiled brat, I don’t really care. Between growing up in the Pacific Northwest, where everything is artisan and has been obsessed over, I ended up know what good coffee was early on. Then I went to Arizona in January, and learned even more about the roasting process. And lots of cupping sessions at Stumptown.
By the way, Stumptown is pretty much unbeatable.
Anyway, if you suffer from bad/careless coffee syndrome (BCCS), here’s what you can do to stop that:
- Get some high-quality, whole beans. I HIGHLY recommend patronizing Stumptown. Most or all of their beans are organic or fair-trade. I smuggled a few pounds of the stuff (starting around $12 per pound) in my bags before I made my move).
- Don’t be afraid of the coffee grinder. Especially if you’re living by yourself, grinding your own coffee is a breeze. And it’s the best way to get the most out of your fresh beans. Coarsely grind 2 tablespoons for every 8 ounces of water you plan to use, approximately 30 seconds in a small grinder.
- Use a French press. Really. It’s easy and you get some amazing flavor. To use your French press, simply bring filtered water to a near-boil. You get the best flavor if you use hot water that hasn’t quite boiled. Pour the hot water into your press along with the ground coffee, and let sit for about 2.5 minutes. After 2.5 minutes, give it a stir with a wooden spoon, and let it sit another 1.5 minutes, for a total of 4 minutes. Then, put the top on the press, and press down, filtering the coffee. You now have amazing coffee!
- Pour and enjoy!
Seriously, if this doesn’t make you a coffee snob, then you definitely suffer from BCCS. For serious.