Those who know me know that coffee plays a BIG role in my life. After a few caffeine-free years, I’m back on coffee. I love coffee. And I love the ritual I’ve created around my coffee. Forget about the latest machines, pods, etc. I prefer an old-school, high-touch, analog approach. The 5-6 minutes of attention and focus that’s required to make my coffee is like another morning meditation.
My perfect morning coffee – here’s how I do it:
- The first step – I use a Chemex Pour-Over Glass Coffee Maker. This is as lo-fi as it gets. I love having a filter to remove the oil in the beans. I go old-school on the filters too – I buy the ones that I need to fold myself. It’s part of the ritual.
- Next comes the coffee. I know a lot of people are super particular about the brand and type of coffee that they use, but this is where I experiment in my routine. I love a good dark roast and these days I’ve been loving Black Eddy’s Darkness from Homestead Coffee Roasters. Homestead is a local roaster near Frenchtown, NJ where my friends and I love to stay when we escape the city. I always create a half caf/half decaf blend and even that feels like rocket fuel.
- Water-wise, I love the Stagg Pour-Over Kettle. It’s great because it keeps the water heated to a specific temperature (I’m a fan of 205F). I can’t say exactly how long it remains at that temperature but I know it’s always right at 205F when I want that second cup.
- And now, we’ve reached the pièce de rèsistance of my coffee routine, my trusty Nespresso Milk Frother. This is a game changer. Seriously. It elevates the experience. It works wonders on my almond, hemp, and oat milk, and it keeps my coffee warmer for longer. If you’ve been on the fence about buying one of these, just buy it, you won’t regret it.
And there you have it, my perfect morning coffee routine! Do you have a morning coffee routine? Let me know in the comments!