Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The best way to make coffee, drink coffee, and the best brand of coffee are arguments for the ages that no one will ever win because we all have our own personal taste.  However, we continue to passionately argue our points about the best of the is the love our lives!!

There are Keurig lovers, drip lovers, pour over lovers, instant lovers (it's a Mexican thing), French press lovers, and more.

Because I blog - I get to share with you my coffee passions.  You don't have to agree with me.  Just love me and love coffee.


  • Keurig- Yes, these are quick, easy, and give you a vast array of coffee, tea, and cocoa options from one machine.  However, I have owned three of these and find several issues.  1.  They are dirty - dirty.  2. They are environmentally awful.  3.  I had to return all three of them because they stopped working - even after being cleaned.  Over it!
  • Drip - Drip is fine - good for a crowd - you can grind and brew all at once.  But, REALLY - this is not a good cup of coffee.  Trust me on this - there is a better way.
  • Pour Over - Pour Over makes a great cup of coffee.  This is the hipster way to brew your black gold.  While I like it - I miss, miss my coffee pot.
  • Instant - Do I really need to talk about this?  The sexy Mexican loves a cup of instant Cafe de Olla from Nescafe.  But, I just can't.
  • French Press -  This my friends is the shining light of salvation.  The French Press is bringing sexy back to coffee...and I am in love.  I think that this method of coffee making is far superior, simple, clean, and amazing.  Let me show you.

This is my large 12 cup, double walled, stainless steel French Press.  It is my weekend/company coffee pot.  The cinnamon sticks are my secret weapon.  I use 6-7 Tablespoons of coffee for 12 cups and one cinnamon stick.  Cinnamon sticks are best if bought in bulk at your local Mexican grocer. Find a similar French Press HERE 

This is my everyday 8 cup Bodum Brazil French Press.  I love how easy it is to make 8 cups or 2 cups.  For 8 cups I use 4-5 Tablespoons of coffee and 1/2 of a cinnamon stick.  I purchased this at World Market.  They carry smaller pots as well.  Find one HERE


 I believe that grinding fresh beans is critical to a great cup of coffee.  Some people in my house disagree.  When I make it - I grind my beans fresh.  When the Sexy Mexican is in charge of coffee - I grind a few days for him.  FYI - store your beans in the pantry - do not put them in the freezer.  Find this grinder HERE


People are ferociously attached to their favorite brand of coffee.  So, I will not go on and on here.  I do love Peet's, and Illy.  I DO NOT LIKE BITTER BURNT STARBUCKS.  My weekday go to is the Italian Roast from World Market.  World Market has a great coffee perk program -  if you buy 6 - 12oz. bags of coffee you get a coupon for a free 12 oz. bag of coffee.  If you shop on Wednesdays you get double coffee points.


For an 8 cup French Press - I place 4-5 Tablespoons of ground coffee beans in the bottom of the pot. I break up 1/2 cinnamon stick on top of the coffee. 

I then pour boiling water over the coffee grounds about 1/3 of the way up.  Stir with a wooden spoon. It is important to only use a wooden spoon, so as to not crack the carafe.  Let this sit for 1 minute.

Next, pour the remaining boiling water into the pot. Cover and let sit for 3 minutes.

After 3 minutes I push the plunger down into the coffee - and it is ready to go.

What you get next is a glorious, rich, and robust cup of joe.  Heaven in a cup.  Liquid love.  It makes me happy in the morning and awake in the afternoon.  However you take your is true...many of us know deep down that it is truly the love of our lives.  Enjoy.

eat. love. live well,

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