Coffee, Coffee, Where Art Thou?

I’m on the search, seeking out that perfect cup of coffee.   Hell, not even perfect, just one I’d choose to sip time and time again.  MY perfect cup of coffee.

I have more time now, well not necessarily more time just a different use of it.  I have different interests and priorities, not job/work but personal/work, now I do what I choose to do with no master other than myself (and my wife of course, lol).  My retirement has given me that.

One of the more recent interests I have chosen to pursue is that elusive cup of the golden nectre, that cup of morning joe, the delicious and aromatic java that teases your senses with it’s intrigue.  If you like coffee you know what I mean.

I have friends that make such a cup.  I aspire to their greatness.  I yearn for the ability to create such a masterpiece that my friend ooh and aah after sipping such a creation.   Oh such lofty goals.

In anticipation of such a result I’ve pulled my bodum and stove-top epresso maker out of storage.  I’ve perused the ‘net in search of tips, how DO I make such a treat?

I’ve purchased a Starbucks blend called Verona, the barista there recommended it as a good “all around” blend, one to sharpen my teeth on as it were.  Once I perfect my technique I can try other, varying blends.  He split the bag and ground half for my bodum (coarse) and half for the espresso maker (fine).  Note to self: it’s espresso, not expresso.  So far it’s only the espresso maker I’ve played with.  One thing at a time.

To this point I have played somewhat with perking time and temperature of the espresso maker.  It makes a potent cup of brew, not espresso really as the coffee is not an espresso bean, but a stiff cup of coffee nonetheless.  I’ve tried mixing the brew with hot water to make an Americano and the result wasn’t good, I got a watered down strong cup of coffee.  Uck.

I will persevere, I have the time, I have the interest.  When I perfect it you can come join me for a cup.

If you have any tips please pass them on, I’ll be sure to give credit where credit is due.

Til then, bottoms up!

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