About seven weeks ago, I wrote to you about the move from haphazardly making our morning brew and in that, finding and embracing a real respect for the beautiful coffee bean. I’d love to tell you that every morning, I joyfully ground coffee and lovingly added filtered water so that each cup was a piece of art.
Yes, I have been showing full respect for the bean and ritualizing the making of coffee each morning, but I’d be lying if I told you that every morning it was done with joy and love. Because, let’s face it: no matter how much of a morning person I am, some mornings, my coordination and brain power pre-caffeine can be quite challenged. And sometimes, the coffee taste was still off.
What I discovered from research was that, not only does grinding fresh matter, the coarseness (or fine-ness) of the ground coffee could greatly affect the flavor – and my pre-dawn grinding was less than consistent.
So we got a new coffee pot. And it’s magical.
When I realized that there were some coffee makers out there that would handle not only the brewing, but also the grinding, in one machine, I began to do some research.
I settled on the Cuisinart Grind & Brew with a thermal carafe and am thrilled with the results. This fabulous little machine does everything at the push of the button. It comes backed with the Cuisinart name and was sold at a very affordable price.
This means, the evening before, I can load the coffee maker with coffee beans and filtered water – and the only thing my pre-caffeinated brain needs to do in the morning is push the “on” button. The resulting coffee is just right – even Goldilocks would find no complaints. Perfect grind consistency, freshly ground coffee and the magic of pressurized water dripping into a thermal carafe that will keep the coffee fresh for hours.
The perfect marriage of ritual and respect for the bean – with the ease of action for sleepy eyes.