19 seconds... fill carafe w/water
17 seconds... pour water into electric coffeemaker
8 seconds... put paper filter in cone
49 seconds... grind beans
6 seconds... pour grinds, close cover, flick 'On' switch
Total 99 second... Coffeemaking Workout
Brewing... 11 minutes
Not pretty, but does the job
My favorite, rich, bold, and bright
Beautiful glistening beans
Ready to grind
My cup and my husbands 'bowl'
Rich brown color, if grayish brown then it's overcooked
Can't wait, sometimes I add 'Cool Whip Lite', shhh, don't tell the purists!
When I'm making the coffee, I'm in that fuzzy state between sleep and wake, so I hardly remember making it, but then when the kids leave at 7:15, the sun is visibly up, I've had those first blissful sips, I'm sitting at my Mac writing my blog, consuming my homemade heavenly tepid 'cuppa Jo'.
Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with buying 'Starbucks' or 'Dunkin' or whatever, but there's something so satisfying going from bean to brew. In fact, I have this romantic notion of sitting on the hillside of a coffee plantation in East Africa, just as Isak Dinesen describes in her beautiful memoir,
"There are times of great beauty on a coffee-farm. When the plantation flowered in the beginning of the rains, it was a radiant sight, like a cloud of chalk, in the mist and the drizzling rain, over six hundred acres of land. The coffee-blossom has a delicate slightly bitter scent..."