While I was out yesterday morning, I had coffee so strong my heart thought we were running a marathon and tried to die.
Alternatively, the coffee I make at home is so weak that I’m actually drinking brown water. And falling asleep at the wheel.
As if the pancake question didn’t make me enough of a freak, I have no idea what I’m doing at my coffee maker. I even watched a video for guidance. And I’m pretty sure that it was made as a joke. HA! HA! The jokes on ME because we’re still drinking bad coffee. (And the video seems to have disappeared. Or is on Google page thirty-six. HA! HA! Jokes on them because no one is watching your make-fun-of-us-coffee-deficient-people-video-on-coffee.)
In case you are thinking from the picture that I need a tall skinny frappuccino with room for whip (I have no idea what I just wrote), Santa Claus brought us this fancy coffee maker a few years ago. It was actually on our first Christmas as parents. Because our letter to Santa was: HELP. And covered in drool.
I have never used the tiny pot except I once let my son pretend he was pouring coffee. And my husband once used that hanging down doohicky to froth his milk. Which I learned at my ten year college reunion is unnecessary. You can use a fork and a microwave. That will go well with my pancakes and eggs in a cup.
I hate mornings. Help me hate them a little less. Or with a little more caffeinated vigor.
Answer that I actually DID! Kim wrote: First — It starts with the beans…if you buy bad coffee you’ll have brown water. Also if the beans are old then they start to lose some of their flavor and potency and again you have brown water. So take care of your beans — do not freeze or refridgerate. Place them in an airtight container after opening. Ideally you’d do the grinding part right before you brew it to get the best flavor.
Second — it’s about the ratio. If you don’t want brown water then I agree with Angela — 1 tablespoon for each 6oz of water. It makes a very strong cup — so if it’s too strong then you can go 1 1/2 tablespoons (again actually measured) for every 12 oz. Oh and make sure you use filtered water.
Third — it’s actually about cleaning. Coffee pots get a lot of build-up of the minerals from the water and can actually start to make your coffee taste bad. I’d say every month — but realistically it’s like every 3 months “brew” some water and vinegar in your coffee pot to remove all the mineralization.
Hope that helps!
Answer that made me feel like less of a freak. The Kitchen Witch wrote: I loved this post! I can cook almost anything, but I swear, I make the most disgusting coffee on the planet. No matter what I do, it’s always gross!