All the coffees

My wife takes coffee extremely seriously — it is both science and religion, with special steps, incredible attention to details, and lots of pondering the mysteries of the universe while trying to achieve coffee nirvana. To this end, we have acquired most every way of bring a cup of coffee to life. Personally, I’ve always been lazy, so I have a Krups drip coffee maker, and have achieved satisfaction. For those times when guests come over, or my parents, we have a Bialetti caffettiera — the stove top espresso maker.

Ana, on the other hand, eschews automation, and prefers various interesting other ways of turning coffee beans into a beverage. The first attempt was a bodum, but that wasn’t quite right. The next attempt was a Chemex — a crazy beaker-looking thing that you use to make a pour-over coffee. Apparently one of the best ways, but very time consuming, lots of waiting, pouring, waiting. That lead to the french press — still waiting, but now with just one pour, and a push to separate the ground coffee from the beverage. Except that you always got a bit of grinds/silt in there — not that I’d notice, but hey. I’d probably drink mud and still exclaim that it was a great mug of coffee.

The most recent acquisition is the aeropress — the way to make a silt-free coffee. Ana made a “regular” style mug this morning, and I just made an “inverted” style mug. I have to admit — while it isn’t as lazy as pouring some ground coffee in a filter, hitting a button, and waiting, it isn’t very complicated, and makes a very clean and smooth cup of coffee. Ana has been in meetings all morning, so I don’t have her feedback yet, but I imagine it’ll be positive.

Oh, and for the record — we even have those little pots to make Greek coffee on the stove, mud and all.