coffeecup1In my world, the morning is not complete without a lovely cuppa….something. Lately it’s coffee–the darker the better. But don’t let my preferences influence you. There are so many varieties of coffee and methods of preparation out there.

I tend to be a bit of a coffee snob, preferring to grind my beans fresh. I am also not overly fond of the “traditional” (in my area) drip method of preparation. In fact, I do not own a regular coffee pot at all. My favorite method of brewing coffee uses a french press–grind the coffee and put in carafe, boil the water–add hot water to carafe, stir and let sit. Once it’s brewed (usually about 4-6 minutes)–press the filter down and pour a cuppa. It does take a little while but the result is a lovely, smooth cup of coffee.

There are as many ways to serve coffee as there are to brew it. Most mornings I prefer mine with a bit of cream or milk (only the real stuff, please). Occasionally I will add just a bit of raw sugar. When I’m feeling particularly indulgent I will treat myself to a “coffee drink”–usually some variant of a mocha. Mocha is a fancy term for coffee and hot chocolate.  Make up your favorite hot chocolate–pour yourself about 1/3-1/2 cup and top it off with coffee, maybe adding a little whipped cream and shaved chocolate or cocoa powder to the top. Delicious!