How To Make Coffee Like A Pro At Home

There’s nothing better than waking up, brewing your coffee and taking your first sip – I mean, it’s just heaven.

There’s nothing better than waking up, brewing your coffee and taking your first sip – I mean, it’s just heaven.

can remember the first time I ever had a cup of coffee. I was a student and I needed a caffeine boost. Copying what I’d seen in movies and on TV shows, I ordered my first cappuccino. I wanted to feel as though I was getting things done, and with my hot cup in hand, I felt as though I could take on the world. I still feel that now, whenever I sit down with a perfectly steamed mug.

Coffee is symbolic to me. It’s become much more than just a mug of roasted beans, it’s a signifier that I’m starting my morning on the right foot. That a new day has begun and that I’m in control of it.

As I got older, I learned more about coffee. The tastes, the textures, the smells. I experimented with it all. Syrupy iced coffees, deep bitter black coffee, roasted beans, and frothed, coiffed almond milk. With a coffee in hand, I felt as though I’d been invited into a member’s only club. I’d become a coffee initiate.

“The fresh smell of coffee soon wafted through the apartment, the smell that separates night from day.” – Haruki Murakami

good coffee can transport me to a particular place or time. A milky cappuccino takes me back to my student days when the first Starbucks opened up in my University and we’d all line up for a taste of sweet caramel macchiato. A flat white transports me to the first year of Career Girl Daily, making plans for the future on a crisp winter evening.

More than just drinking it, the ritual of making coffee has become important to me. Over the years many things have changed, but my coffee stays the same.

Real coffee is subjective. It’s also deeply personal. Picture your perfect mug of coffee, I bet it’s different from mine. I bet it’s enriched with its own backstory, too. Beginning with other coffee drinkers you admired and ending in your version of the perfect roast, temperature, and taste. The little quirks you add to it like frothy warm milk, hints of vanilla. Maybe you roast your own beans in a dry frying pan. It’s all a matter of opinion.

Real coffee eases me into the morning. I wake up at 6 AM for an hour of working out. My perfect day starts with the morning rituals I set for myself. The first ritual I put in place is writing my day down in my Getting Things Done planner. To me, it’s much more than exercising, preparing fresh fruit for a smoothie bowl, watching the news while my coffee brews, it’s the pieces of a puzzle that set the tone for a great day.

“A cup of coffee – real coffee – home-browned, home ground, home made, that comes to you dark as a hazel-eye, but changes to a golden bronze as you temper it with cream,” – Henry Ward Beecher

Create a rich base 

In order to create magic in a cup, I use a few added extras. The perfect coffee moment starts with letting the beans steep in the bubbling, boiling water for 30 seconds.

Longer than 30 seconds will prefer a richer taste. The intensity of the beans will be brought to life by this simple little trick.

Add some Madagascan Bourbon Vanilla 

Little’s uses Arabica coffee, their French Vanilla (which I use) contains natural Madagascan Bourbon vanilla. This coffee has a rich and sweet flavor and is perfect for a morning boost.

Increase the flavor with a splash of almond

Adding warm almond milk to your coffee in the morning will give it a nuttier blend. I like to add a barista quality hint of flavor with a teaspoon of sugar-free vanilla syrup or coconut oil.

To me, that’s the perfect cup of coffee. What do you have in yours?



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