No one type and size fits all
When it comes to coffee I can truly
say: "No one size or type fits all" because in this coffee drinking City
of New Orleans there are so many different types of coffee that it will
get your head spinning. There are several different companies here in
New Orleans making a different original "New Orleans Blend" coffee. They
are all really good coffee. I will be bringing you some information on
the different coffees of New Orleans along with a guide so you can see
for yourself and try for yourself the different coffees.
With that said we will start by
talking about how to make coffee. The way I make coffee may be different
then the way you make coffee. What it all comes down to is when its all
done and made you should have a great tasting cup of coffee that you
Steps to a great cup of coffee
The first step in making the perfect cup of coffee is to purchase the highest
quality of coffee that you can afford. If you can only afford the generic
coffee from your local supermarket that's fine. If it's some exotic fair trade
organic coffee from Columbia or Africa that's fine also. You may be paying $5.99
a pound for one and $39.99 a pound for another but it all comes down to an
individuals own taste and what you like when picking the coffee you want to
drink. I've had some coffee that I thought tasted nasty but my friend loved the
Ok,,, now you have the coffee you like for whatever reason. You do have
control over the freshness of the coffee after you have purchased it. Having a
nice air tight canister or just closing the bag tightly after you open it helps
keep it fresh. Also keeping it airtight and in your freezer also adds to
freshness. A lot of companies vacuum seal their coffee or flush the air in the
bag out with nitrogen. They do this to keep the coffee as fresh as possible. Buy
only enough coffee to cover what you will use over the next month or two.
Water, yes water is am important part of
the coffee making process. It influences the taste of your coffee and in some
cases by a large margin. I've tasted coffee made with water from the local city
water supply and it was fine and then go to another city only to find my coffee
had a very different taste. In some cases I have purchased filtered spring water
from the local supermarket to make my coffee with. Water does and can make a big
difference in the taste of your coffee. Filtering your own water supply also
works fine. I'm lucky to live in a city that has excellent water even though it
comes out of the Mississippi River here in New Orleans , Louisiana.
We are finally to the actual
brewing process. There are so many different types of coffee machines
on the market that you can choose from. The one I'm using is a close out
that I only paid $18.47 for. I needed a new glass pot because I cracked
mine. When I looked at the price of new glass pots and they were $9 to
$20 and I could get everything for $18.47 I just got a whole new coffee
maker. You have your choice of using paper or reusable strainer coffee
filter baskets. You also have a wide variety of coffee machines ranging
from my $18 machine all the way up to a couple hundred dollars. It's
really a matter of choice and I'm sure it can make a difference in your
If you use whole bean coffee then
you need a grinder unless you have one of those machines that the
grinder is built into your coffee machine. The one to two pot coffee
bean grinder cost from $15 to around $100. If you fine grind your coffee
and use a reusable coffee basket like I do you will end up with sediment
in the bottom of your coffee cup. When drinking a healthy mushroom
powdered infused coffee you may want to drink the sediment because of
all the nutrients you get. Most paper filters will leave little to
no sediment. Again it is a personal preference.
Ok we have now made a pot of
coffee and we are pouring ourselves a cup of coffee. Some people like
their coffee black and some like to add cream, sugar, flavoring or some
other additive. All of these additives make a difference in the taste of
your coffee. One creamer taste different from another creamer. There are
flavored creamers and there are low calorie creamers. There is a wide
range of sweeteners from plain white granular sugar to honey and
nectars. Then there are your man made sweeteners that are usually low or
no calorie which to be perfectly honest with you may not be the best
thing for you to add to your coffee. We will discuss that in the Healthy
Coffee section of this website.
Now we are going to sit back and
relax and enjoy our great tasting cup of coffee.
A little extra!
I'm going to go one more step
further. Sometimes where you drink your coffee and the people your
sharing your coffee with can make for a richer experience. Sitting with
your wife and friends drinking coffee is just a natural. Having a cup of
coffee in the afternoon with a slice of carrot cake, king cake or just
plain coffee cake makes for a pleasant and tasteful experience.
Five Ways to Brew Your Coffee
- Coffee has five primary ways of being brewed.
Each method has brewing variables - introduction of water,
brewing temperature, and separating the brewed liquor from
the coffee grounds. These five methods are called Turkish
brewing, concentrate brewing, percolating, drip brewing, and
French Press brewing.
What is a French Press or
sometimes called a Press Pot? - A French Press also known
as a Press Pot or Plunger Pot is an unique easy way to make
your coffee. Using this Process will give you an excellent
cup of coffee and your friends will be amazed watching
you prepare and brew.
French Press - Easiest form of rich flavor coffee brewing
- The French press method is a form of coffee brewing
which involves placing coarsely ground beans into a glass or
ceramic carafe and pouring heated water over the grounds and
letting it steep.
Best Espresso Maker
Under $90 -
Don't make the mistake and buy an
espresso maker based strictly on price because more expensive does not
always translate into better product. Pressure rating of 15-bars makes
DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Maker
the perfect choice for your home and priced under $90.
Buying the Right Espresso Machine-Just
as there are many different kinds of espresso flavors and drinks on the
market today, so too are there just as many different ways to make an
espresso beverage. The main difference, however, in making an espresso
base coffee beverage lies in the machine that is used to make it.
What Is Espresso-
Espresso really does have quite a different nature than
other coffees! Not only is espresso a more concentrated cup
of coffee, but the taste is very different as well and may
account for some of the reason why espresso is usually liked
more than coffee.
Magic Brew - How to Make Your Own Espresso
- once you get started making espresso then you will
have not only more control over your own beverage, but
you'll be able to perfect the art of making espresso so that
it comes out the same every time!
Why Should you buy a Home Espresso Machine? - Home
espresso machines are available everywhere and if you are
really passionate about coffee then there is no reason why
you shouldn’t have one in your kitchen. Just imagine waking
up every morning to your home brewed espresso, how would
Espresso - Unbelievable Shock & Awe of Rich Flavor Burst!
- You can believe you are in for an unbelievable flavor and
caffeine shock from the espresso coffee bean with your first
shot of espresso coffee beans.
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