This one is for you, Trent!Before I began my sordid love affair with the espresso machine, there was the good old grind-and-brew coffeemaker. I have been a devoted coffee drinker since the tender age of 15. There have been stints in my life where I have tried in vain to convince myself that green tea or the like was somehow an acceptable substitute, but I always end up coming back to the dark bean. I am not a person who drinks cup after cup of coffee all day long. I like one incredibly strong mug to start my day, and that's that, so said cup needs to be delicious and totally worthwhile. Over the years, I've honed my brewing strategy to perfection, and enough of our overnight guests have commented on my brew, that I promised to share the recipe here. It all started at my high school job, at a little hippie shop called Traprock Suite. The owner, Susanne, was legendary; an eccentric and no-bull woman who taught me more than a few life lessons, one of which was the secret to perfect coffee. Here it is: sprinkle just a tad of cinnamon and nutmeg over the beans before you grind them. When I say sprinkle, I literally mean shake your wrist for the count of one over the the beans, that is it. Even people who hate any sort of flavored coffee seem to love coffee this way. I am asked again and again what that special flavor is when I serve this cofee to our guests. My other secrets? The best organic beans, cold filtered water, and brewing my pots double-strong (a heaping tablespoon of beans per cup). A great coffee maker helps as well, but you could just as easily use the cinnamon/nutmeg trick in a French press. For this chronically sleep-deprived mama, there is no better way to start the day (other than a latte, of course).
Super-strong coffee helps me keep up with this guy! He's getting speedy!