The Perfect Cup of Coffee with A Cup of Quotes
There are so many different elements to the perfect cup of coffee. The beans. The roast. The grind. The machine. And, most importantly, the mug. I’ve teamed up with A Cup of Quotes to bring you my perfect cup of coffee, as served in one of their sassy and amazing mugs.
When I make a cup of coffee, I look for several things:
- Flavor: Hazelnut everything! I love hazelnut in my coffee but I much prefer the flavoring in the grounds themselves rather than with cloyingly sweet syrup or similar. My favorite hazelnut at the moment is, honestly, the Dunkin Donuts blend.
- Roast: Light, blonde, or anything else light. I genuinely enjoy the taste of coffee but I only like it lightly roasted. Dark roast has its place for those who enjoy a good strong cup but I am not one of those folks.
- Caffeine level: I’m insanely caffeine sensitive. I need to mix whatever coffee I make with some decaf to reduce the level of caffeination and keep myself calm. It’s great to be awake but not to have the shakes.
- Whitener: Almond milk is almost exclusively all I put in my coffee. Dairy milk leaves a funny taste, soy isn’t much better, and coconut separates in a way that makes constant stirring necessary. Thus, I tend towards an unflavored and unsweetened almond milk to whiten up my coffee and cut the acidity. I would rather drink black coffee than put in anything else.
- Mug: The right mug is super important. It needs to be large enough to hold a large cup of coffee, have a good handle, and clutch well. You know, that mug you can hug close to warm your hands while the coffee warms your soul? Yeah, that. And most A Cup of Quotes mugs do just that.
Making the cup
French presses are a gift to coffee snobs. My favorite way to make any cup of coffee is with the French press. How exactly do I do this?
- Boil 1 L of water.
- In the press, add 1 tbsp decaf grounds, and 1.5 tbsp of hazelnut fully caffeinated coffee.
- Gently pour the freshly boiled water over the grounds.
- Place the plunger atop the brewing coffee BUT DO NOT PRESS DOWN YET!
- Wait 3-5 minutes, depending on taste preference. I usually aim for 4.5 minutes to get some good brew and hazelnut flavor pulled out without making it bitter.
- Slowly plunge the coffee. This pushed all the grounds to the bottom and leaves you amazing coffee for the drinking.
- Add your mixings into the mug, pour the coffee.
- Sip and enjoy.
Because of my low caffeine tolerance, I am only able to have one or two cups per day, and that’s with food and spread far apart. So when I make that coffee, I have to make it good! And with the amazing mugs at A Cup of Quotes, it’s sure to say exactly what I mean. In addition to this amazing “Nama-slay” mug which is my new favorite, a whole new line of fall themed mugs has just been released! I think my favorite is the “Drink Up Witches” bistro mug! Extra bonus? If you use code BLOGANDCOFFEE on any order, you’ll get free shipping!
What are your favorite mugs from A Cup of Quotes? How do you make your perfect cup of coffee? I want to hear all about it all in the comments!