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How to Make Gourmet Coffee at Home

how to make gourmet coffee at home

Today’s post is about how to make gourmet coffee in the comfort of your own home!

Now, when I call it ‘gourmet coffee’ I am stretching the term ever so slightly…I mean, we’re not talking sugary, whipped cream topped, caramel drizzled lattes…I am talking about a quick, easy way to make delicious, special coffee.

Moms, if anyone, deserve special coffee! We need it to get through our day! Plus, buying caramel mochas every day gets expensive, and fattening.

So here’s how to treat yourself while exerting minimal effort-

How to Make Gourmet Coffee at Home:

how to make gourmet coffee at home

First of all,

Buy fresh beans.

Whether this really makes your coffee taste better, or it’s all in your head, do it anyway. Coffee experts say as soon as your coffee is ground, it begins to go stale.

 But if for no other reason, buy whole beans and a grinder, because you will save money in the long run! Whole beans are cheaper than pre-ground, and this #1 bestselling Krups Grinder is only $15! I have had this blade grinder for two years, and it is still going strong.

I have since upgraded to a Krups burr grinder (actually a $2 yard sale steal!). Now I use the other Krups blade grinder I had purchased for grinding spices, grains, or flax seeds, etc.

So what’s the difference between burr and blade grinders? Why does it matter?

 A blade grinder is less expensive, but it doesn’t really grind the coffee beans. It smashes them with two very fast moving blades. This results in un-uniform grounds, which matters if you are using a french press or espresso machines. Too powdery, and the grounds can cause clogging.

A burr grinder crushes the beans between two burred plates-hence the name, I guess! which increases their surface area. (Equaling more flavor per square millimeter, according to my theory!) Uniform grounds are key in maximizing flavor and avoiding clogs in your coffee/espresso maker or french press.

I read nearly a dozen articles before I discovered why uniform pieces are so important. Did you know that you can over-extract coffee? Over-extracting results in nasty bitter flavors. Read about it in the article here.

But remember! Any grinder is better than no grinder at all!

Next,

Buy organic.

Unless you like the taste of pesticides, buy organic beans. The great thing is, organic coffee isn’t outrageously expensive. I only pay a dollar more for my organic coffee! I’m already saving money buying whole beans, so I don’t feel guilty about it in the least. 🙂 I buy my coffee online from Copper Moon Coffee. Shipping is free after you spend $50, so go in with a couple friends if you don’t want to spend that much at once.

gourmet coffee at homeOkay, so now that you have the basics (good beans, good grinder), choose your method of brewing.

I love my moka pot for making espresso-like coffee. It doesn’t create a true espresso, but for budget home brewing, it’s not too shabby!

(Check out my post to learn how to make relaxing Lavender Infused Coffee with a Moka Pot here)

My personal favorite brewing method is the Bartelli Paperless Pour Over. It is amazing. A life changer. Now, when I want a quick cup of coffee for one, it is as simple as spooning instant coffee into a mug- except the resulting flavor is a million times better!

Using a pour over is simple:

I push a button to grind my coffee (extra beans are conveniently stored in a reservoir on top of my burr grinder), put the Bartelli pour over on top of my mug, spoon out two tablespoons of ground coffee and boil some water. Slowly pour the hot water over the grounds in your pour over and let the coffee drip into the mug below. Voila!

how to make gourmet coffee at home
Isn’t this gorgeous? I love my glass mugs!

Now, if I want to be even fancier, I froth my own milk. My sister in law taught me this amazing trick, that doesn’t require any special equipment if you happen to already have an immersion blender.

All you need to do is heat some milk in the mug you plan to use. (The amount of milk is up to you, about 1/3 cup for me, I think.) Then stick your immersion blender right in the cup and use the low setting to whip up the milk. Done in 30-60 seconds!

How to froth milk

(I have this Cuisinart immersion blender, a #1 bestseller on Amazon!)

If you sweeten your coffee, add it into the milk before you froth. You can froth milk, cream, half n half…but don’t use skim milk, or even 1% milk if you can help it. You won’t get much froth without the fat. Adding unrefined coconut oil is an option, too! Buy unrefined, because it should actually taste like coconut. I like this brand.) Add a tablespoon or less of coconut oil into your warmed milk. It is tasty, helps you feel full, and will help your 1% milk froth up better!

how to make gourmet coffee at home

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Now go make some coffee!

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Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Natural Egg Dyes

You guys! I did it! I actually did made my own, natural, homemade Easter egg dyes from fresh (orrrr, maybe not so fresh) produce I had in my fridge as well as spices from my cabinet. I was shocked it actually worked!! So I guess that’s it, I’m changing the name of this blog. “DO Call Me Supermom”. Haha!

Natural Egg Dyes

Have you noticed that those Paas dyes you buy at the supermarket often leak through the shell to the egg itself? It just doesn’t feel right to me. So this year, I looked up ways to make your own safe and natural dyes from food items you may have around the house. If you’re like me, you have great intentions at the grocery store every week. You buy all this great, fresh produce intending to make tons of healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and then you let it all rot in your crisper drawer. Well, down with Mommy guilt! When life gives you rotting produce, dye some eggs, that’s what I always say! (Okay, actually, I don’t. Because that would be pretty obtuse.)

All joking aside, you should try this! I was actually more entertained than my four year old, and that never happens in the #momlife.

Here’s what I did:Dying Eggs Naturally

 

I roughly chopped produce and simmered my chosen spices in water on the stovetop with a splash of vinegar. The longer you simmer, the deeper the color. 10-15 minutes seemed like plenty.

Let cool slightly (I did this for about one minute, then decided to heck with that, and added an ice cube to each cup of hot dye I ladled out.).

Add hard boiled eggs to cooled dye and let sit anywhere from several hours to overnight.

 

 

Here’s what ingredients worked:

  • 3 TBS. Turmeric = made a great mustard yellow!
  • 3 TBS. Paprika = a rusty orange
  • Not even half of a small red cabbage = amazing robins egg blue
  • One very small Beet = a half hearted pink (just needed more I think!)

 

Naturally dyed easter eggsAlso, fun tip- everyone knows that yellow and blue make green, right? (Well, I didn’t. I always forget and I had to google it.) A ladle of turmeric dye and a ladle of red cabbage dye made a beautiful green egg!! Perfect since I made a LOT of both those colors!

Here’s what didn’t work:

  • Swiss Chard
  • Cilantro
  • Green Tea

 

I had read that the chlorophyl in spinach makes a green dye, but I didn’t want to waste my fresh, organic spinach, so I tried some wilted swiss chard…but that was a miserable failure. It didn’t really make any color at all. So I tried cilantro and green tea. It made the shade known as Ugly Brown. Green tea was supposed to work, the internet told me so! :-/

Some of my eggs were brown and didn’t take to the dye as well, of course. I expected that, but they were even just oddly splotchy instead of one synchronous color. But that’s okay-they just have a more earthy look. 🙂

 

Warning: Be very careful with these dyes. If you splash on counter, wipe immediately. Cover your table. Wear an old shirt. Any kind of food coloring or even regular Easter egg dyes will stain, so remember, these are no different. Except that they’re safer and not toxic to your health!

 

Have you ever tried any natural dyes? If so, tell me what worked and what didn’t!

Happy Easter!