Most of us learned about rhetorical questions as a child; those who didn’t continue to embarrass family members in group settings.
In my opinion, asking “Who doesn’t want better coffee?” is a rhetorical question. The answer seems obvious: everyone wants better coffee.
But I know better. I see friends carrying those gas station coffee cups and also wonder what else I don't know about… Click To TweetAre there other skeletons in their closet? When it comes to coffee, there will always be those who prefer quick, easy, and cheap to good, better, and excellent.
I can’t convert everyone but I can convert someone. And maybe that will be you.
Who wants a better cup of coffee? You do. So, here are a few tips that will take your coffee enjoyment to the next level.
- Better coffee starts with better (whole) beans. Like many other things in life, coffee follows the old technology truism: garbage in, garbage out. If you start with mediocre beans, you’ll never enjoy an excellent cup of coffee. I believe that’s one of the laws of physics. You’ll also notice that I’m saying beans — as in, whole beans. Find a local roaster and try a pound of their beans. Whole Foods often carries locally roasted beans as well. If you don’t have access to either of those, there’s always the internet. If you don’t have access to the internet, how can you possibly afford good coffee!
- Get in your daily grind. The best coffee is the freshest coffee (assuming the beans have been allowed to rest and degas). The moment you grind your beans, the flavor is trying to escape. It’s literally trying to flee. This is why it’s a big no-no to buy your coffee already ground. Sure, it’s convenient and quieter. In all my years, I’ve never met a couple who divorced over a noisy coffee grinder. To be honest, I have been known to put a gaggle of towels over the grinder to muffle the sound; it’s one of the reasons we’ve made it to our 26th anniversary. Get in the habit of grinding your beans immediately before brewing.
- Put the automatic drip machine in the pantry and close the door. I’m a big fan of technology. A really big fan of technology. In general, technology makes our lives more efficient. It’s why I have a gas-powered, self-propelled lawnmower that also mulches. I don’t use the hand-powered rotary blade because I have better options. When it comes to better coffee, hand-powered is almost always better. There’s the French Press, Aeropress, and a variety of pour-over options.
- Drink it black. For more on that, read my last post.
If I were to add one more, it would be to roast your own beans at home. I’ve been home roasting with a Behmor 1600 for almost nine years. I also know it’s not practical for everyone. It was a game-changer for me. Personally, I find roasting beans one of the most relaxing parts of my week. I’m alone in the garage, sitting in a lawn chair, reading a book.
If you watched The X Files, then you’re familiar with this phrase: “the truth is out there somewhere.”
Better coffee? It’s out there somewhere, waiting for you to find it.