We have never been big coffee drinkers. But lately we have been casual coffee shop visitors and then on a trip to Austria I got to really like espresso.
So we decided to start drinking coffee at home. I would like to be making espresso, but since we try to live simply during this, the travel phase of our lives, we bought a moka pot and a hand operated grinder. Espresso machines are big and expensive. I was expecting the result to be similar to espresso. Its not! But once I got over that, I really started to like the coffee we were making. At least for the time being its completely killed off our Chinese tea drinking habit.
We grind our coffee every time we drink it. So just after breakfast and lunch each day we grind coffee for 2 or 3 minutes before making it. Interestingly, the coffee varies quite a bit from time to time and we are still exploring the parameters. We think that a finer grind of coffee makes for better coffee. I think that gently boiling the water over low heat, so the water passes through the coffee more slowly, makes for better coffee. Cassandra likes to completely fill the reservoir and says that makes a tastier cup. Certainly the kind of beans you buy makes a huge difference. I think the best coffee so far was some Sumatra coffee we got in Bali. Just the right amount of bitterness and sourness in it.
For now Cassandra and I are always on the lookout for different coffee beans to try. I think Japanese coffee is a bit smooth for my tastes.