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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I've had it with people saying coffee is bad for you. They do it with no utter proof either. If something contains caffeine, it must be bad for you, right? Wrong. Several new studies have just come out that prove coffee is actually GOOD for you. Yay! I can have my coffee with no sense of guilt. Click here to see the article on WebMD.

So in honor of this great news, I'm going to tell you how I get the perfect cup of coffee. Number one thing is buy good coffee beans and grind them yourself. HUGE, HUGE difference in the coffee experience. I'm particularly fond of Echo Espresso coffee in Phoenix. I have it shipped here and it's just fabulous. I particularly like their World Blend but all of them are fabulous. I found their coffee through my baby girl, Kara, who lives out there. Happy birthday, Baby Girl!

The grinder I like is a Capresso and I did a lot of research before I bought it. It's quiet and can also grind coffee fine enough for my Rancilio Silvia espresso maker. I put two scoops of beans in for a big mug of coffee. For two mugs, I use three scoops. The next thing is the coffee maker. No, a Bunn is NOT the best coffee maker. You need something that will extract the full flavor of the bean and a Cuisinart CANNOT be beat! It makes the best coffee out there. I've tried them all too. You can find it at Lowe's for around $60. The basic one will do just as good a job as the shinier one and it's even cheaper than the stainless one, I think. I use the natural coffee filters that are brown. The bleach in the white ones isn't good for you OR the taste of your coffee. The final step for me is the creamer. I'm particularly fond of International Flavors Hazelnut but there's a flavor for you. They have tons.

I pour my coffee into a big, thick mug then grab my MacBook to catch up on email while I enjoy the perfect cup of coffee. Ahhh!

What's your morning ritual?

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Colleen Coble  
posted at 6:12 AM  
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At 6:56 AM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

My routine isn't as refined as Colleen's, but I really like Victor Allen's Dark Roast. Victor Allen is a small company in Wisconsin. I don't know if they are national, but right now Sam's around here carries the brand. It is Yum-O. I recently discovered cinnamon is great in coffee. I also use plain old half and half. Once in a great while I'll add a flavored creamer and a dollop of low fat whip. I put all that out for the gals on Bible study night and they feel like they're at a coffee house LOL. My coffeemaker is a Hamilton Beach Brew Station. But Colleen has convinced me that my next one should be a Cuisinart. Costco has them for about 50 bucks.

At 7:44 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

My morning ritual is TEA. =)

At 8:15 AM, Blogger Cathy Shouse said...

Wow! This post had me salivating for coffee and I don't even drink it. LOL

It also highlights something missing in my life.

A morning ritual!

I guess I should "get one" as it says in that Toy Story movie about finding a moving buddy (does anyone remember that line like I do?)

We're on a 2-hour school fog delay in Indiana and my brain seems to be functioning with the weather forecast. Not good!

At 8:31 AM, Blogger The Farmer's Wife said...

French press!!! My friend (or is she?) Traci gave me a french press pot for Christmas, and it takes coffee drinking to a new level. Sumatra beans, home ground...half and half cream....Ghirradelli white chocolate powder....MERCY!!!

Does anyone remember the movie "You've Got Mail"? It's one of my favorites. Tom Hanks has a line in there about "We pull them in with legal, addictive stimulants and hook them with cheap books..."

I confess. That sounds like a pretty great place for me to land.

At 8:32 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Taster's Choice, Gourmet Blend INSTANT coffee, with cream, Splenda, half teaspoon of cocoa and top it with whipped cream.

Yes, I know, everyone thinks I'm crazy because I like instant coffee, but there it is. I'm a cheap date, what can I say?

At 8:41 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

The Victor Allen sounds good, Pam. And have I ever steered you wrong? You love your MacBook, don't you? You'll love the Cuisinart!

My MIL has tea, Suzanne. I like it too but not as well as coffee. :-)

Farmer's Wife, you're my kind of girl! :-)

Di, I almost told you NOT to tell us. I just cringe at all the chemicals you drink in the morning. Sigh.

At 8:45 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

And I'm having the perfect cup of coffee as we speak.

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Beverly said...

I'm a TEA gal, too. Right now, it's Lipton Black Pearl, milk, and Splenda, but a good English Breakfast Tea fits the bill, too. I recently started making mine with boiled water from the tea pot, after being convinced that tea at my MIL's was better. That was the only difference I could think of. I'm not sure why, but it kind of makes sense....truly heated water as opposed to all those atoms being re-arranged by the microwave. (If I was left-brained, I could probably state that more scientifically! :-) ). Anyway, I like the boiled water better!

I once tried to become a coffee drinker to fit in with my Bible Study ladies....I suceeded, but only if I had a little coffee with my cream and sugar.

At 10:11 AM, Anonymous Winter said...

Well, until 4 kids have grown up and moved out, we have to settle for el-chepo coffeemakers. But I did give up those bleached filters and only buy the brown ones, first because of my thyroid issues and secondly because I'm doing my best to keep bad stuff out where I can.

My favorite coffee, when we have the cash to spare, is from a local coffee place who roasts their own beans, LaSalle Street Coffee Roasting Company. (They have their own website if anyone cares. Just Google it.) Talk about a fresh, rich flavor. I'll take that any day over Starbucks, blech. Oh, and they have their mascot, an aged Golden Retriever.

At 10:28 AM, Blogger The Farmer's Wife said...

Okay, I'm back.
I noticed that everyone has sort of a regional favorite coffee...what fun! In Miles City, the closest "town" to us (82 miles away), there is a little gal who has a coffee shop and roasts her own beans. Her mom makes the most incredible pastries and they host local artists and musicians. When we want to treat guests to really excellent coffee, we take them to Kafe Utza. After a long drive.

The other thing about coffee that I've noticed, (since I can tell you are dying to hear all my thoughts on the subject) is that greasy beans are the tastiest. I have no idea why this is, but someday I'd love to have a coffee shop/used book store called "The Greasy Bean". I'd probably be my only customer, but that's okay, because I'm running out of bookshelves in my home....

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Farmer's Wife, You've Got Mail is my all time favorite movie. Books and romance, what more could a girl want?

At 10:50 AM, Blogger Anna said...

We buy beans from The Roasterie - roasted right here in town (Kansas City). LOVE THEM!!

At 10:54 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I'd visit your shop, Farmer's Wife! I think what you're noticing is the darker roast has the oils come to the surface. I like their rich flavor too.

The locally roasted beans are the best, Anna and Winter!

Beverly, it's no wonder you don't have much coffee in your drink if you even put milk in your tea! I've never tried it that way. I usually drink tea straight.

At 3:50 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

My routine is to drink whatever is left in the coffee pot from the day before, heated up in the microwave. Maybe a little milk in it. Pretty pathetic, I know. (After drinking horse milk and other odd-tasting drinks to be polite, my taste buds don't have very high expectations.) LOL.

At 3:50 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

PAM!! Gag! All the antioxidants are gone by then!

At 5:18 PM, Blogger Barb said...

To quote Twitchy from Hoodwinked - "I don't drink coffee." Every so often I will have a taste to see if I have mysteriously acquired the taste for it, but I doubt it will ever happen. I like tea, mostly when iced - not much of a hot beverage fan.

At 6:49 PM, Blogger Betsy said...

I am so not a coffee girl - even the smell makes me feel sick. So for me it is green tea. I would love to drink Coke in the morning, but it is so bad for you that I abstain.

My dh is all about Jakobs German coffee. Don't know if it is any good, but that is his fav.

At 7:39 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

I just passed out after reading your post - I am so coffee deprived right now. ;)

At 12:08 AM, Blogger Ellie said...

So since being married (7 months and counting :)) we acquired a Nespresso maker...the coffee is excellent, the machine is brill... you pop in the pod, press a button for an espresso, double espresso, cap, or even a latte -- add in your syrups, sauces -- we've got our own coffee shop right on the counter!! Plus you get the variety of the coffee and different intensities...

I'm also a tea drinker -- boil the water, let the tea brew in the pot, and have with milk...AND a biscuit/cookie!!

At 6:59 AM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

I love the smell of coffee, but hate the taste. I'm a tea drinker. My favorite is Good Hope Vanilla Red Tea from The Republic of Tea. It's a rooibus tea from South Africa--full of antioxidants and naturally caffeine free. For those who love tea, but need to abstain from caffeine due to health issues, this is a great, full-flavored choice. It's expensive, but worth it.

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