Barbarian’s Guide to Brewing Your Coffee at Home

Greetings Barbarians! Long days and pleasant nights!

I often daydream about how a cup of coffee tasted like with someone. I know coffee will always taste like coffee, but it’s always different with someone. Breakfast coffee with my friends at my old work is always full of joy regardless of the challenges ahead. But what I do like the most, are those 3 am coffee in the balcony with someone special. 3 am with nothing but a cup of coffee and an endless array of conversations.

Last month, I’ve tried brewing coffee at home for the first time and I found it to be soothing. I enjoy coffee, but it’s something that I don’t obsess over with. I’m more concerned with whom I’m having coffee with and the conversations that took place. But what I did realize from brewing coffee at home is that I enjoy having coffee with myself.

It’s no secret that behind a great cup of coffee starts with the beans. Get the highest and the freshest beans you could get your hands on. I got mine over at the local Starbucks (I know, I know), it made at least 20 cups; still a lot cheaper than ordering per cup.

I’d recommend that you grind the beans by yourself to maximize the taste of the coffee. The idea is to keep your coffee beans as fresh as possible. The purpose of grinding is to expose much of the beans’ surface as possible to water to release the flavors and oil. Exposing the grounded beans to air loses much of those flavors.

I prefer brewing coffee via French press! I have mine for quite a while despite brewing my coffee recently. I got mine as a gift, and it has been stuck in the cupboard ever since. In case you have no idea what the French press is, it is a simple coffee making device. It is a glass cylinder with a plunger that filters out the coffee grounds.

How to brew coffee via French press:

1. Grind your beans, make sure they are rough and coarse than the usual. Depending on how strong you want your coffee, a tablespoon of coffee grounds would be ideal. Dump them right into the bottom of the French press.

2. Boil your water in a kettle or to whatever you preferred. A bit of a safety reminder – do not boil water over the microwave. Experts would commend 180-200 degrees Fahrenheit, but it’s all up to you. I like mine a raging boil.

3. Pour hot water in the French press, covering all the coffee grounds. Stir as soon as possible to give the coffee a uniform consistency in flavor.

4. Cover the French press with the filter at the top. Let it sit for four to five minutes allowing the flavor to be extracted. Once the time has passed, plunge the filter and enjoy.

Feel free to add milk, sugar, spice or spirits; experiment on what a perfect cup of coffee should be. A tip I got from a fellow blogger is to pre-soak the coffee grounds first in cold water, before pouring your hot water. I haven’t tried this yet, but it’s on my to-do list one of these days, thanks Gina for the tip!

Brewing coffee at home has been somewhat a daily ritual now. After lunch, I’d start brewing coffee before I write anything. Much like when I’m cleaning my shoes, I like how the process soothes my mind before a day’s work. Another thing that I’m happy with is that I still get to enjoy a cup of coffee while saving money. The beans can get a bit pricey but brewing coffee at home still beats going to a coffee shop and buying per cup.

Looking great doesn’t need to be expensive, and a great cup of coffee also doesn’t need to be either. Most people think that great has to be expensive and expensive must, therefore, be great. One would be surprised by how great a simple cup of coffee, made by your own two hands could be.

To courage and freedom, and a great cup of coffee!

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