anyway, when i was married my husband ushered me into coffee snobbery, and here i have gladly stayed. so, while at the store today i decided it was time to buy myself some beans.
as i ground my beans the rich smell enveloped my soul and i settled into my new life just a bit more. (sadly, all i have is a little cheap blade grinder now. preston has the amazing burr grinder - which is way better for grinding whole bean coffee) i'm pretty sure i might have to work at a coffee shop soon. i've never been a barista but would looove to...and i feel i have fairly decent coffee knowledge considering.
if you even care, here are the little tips i've learned:
-grinding your own beans is always yummier than buying them ground (the fresher the better).
-store your beans and/or grinds in an air tight container & in a dark place
-most home coffee makers don't get your water hot enough to extract all the oils and flavors your bean contains. my fave coffee tool is the french press - boil water & add to the grinds. steep, press and serve. you can make it as stout as you wish and you get so much more flavor!!
whole bean sumatra. yumm.
a coarse grind just for french press cofee
i LOVE my french press
see the oils on top? you can't get that from a normal drip coffee maker!
i could go on, but i'll stop at that. only half snob for today. ;-)