Brewing Up A Little Bliss

Spring showers are the perfect weather for snuggling up with a cozy blanket, a good book, and a steaming cup of coffee. When it's grey and rainy outside, nothing lifts my spirits like a little caffeine! Whether I'm braving the elements to hang out in my favorite coffee shop or brewing a cup at the office to get me through the morning, I always look forward to that first blissful sip. Ah... heaven!

 Anytime of the day is a good time for coffee...

Anytime of the day is a good time for coffee...

Don't feel like battling the weather? Recreate your favorite coffee shop at home! You'll need mood music, soft lighting, and a comfy chair to curl up in. Add a cozy afghan, board games, and a few of your favorite books. 

The atmosphere is vital to any good coffee shop, as most baristas will tell you. But atmosphere isn't everything...

 What's Brewing?

What's Brewing?

A supply of good coffee beans is essential. Try different brands until you find a brew you like. A decent coffee grinder can be had for under $20, and is vital for that freshly-ground flavor. Most coffee grinders are electric... but there's something about grinding your coffee by hand that makes it taste even more delicious.

 There is a certain beauty in the simplest of things...

There is a certain beauty in the simplest of things...

Most folks use a coffee maker; true brew-masters kick it old school! If you want to take your brew to the next level of bliss, splurge on a French Press. You'll never look back!

 The French Method... Boil, brew, steep, and savor!

The French Method... Boil, brew, steep, and savor!

Even if you can't afford the latest caffeinated creation at a coffee shop, brewing up a cup at home is an inexpensive way to treat yourself to one of life's little luxuries. It's not important to invest a lot of money in the latest espresso machine, an imported grinder, and gourmet fair trade coffee beans. The critical piece is taking a few moments out of our busy lives to stop and smell the coffee!

One of the first things we bought for our office was a coffee machine. We'll be brewing up a fresh pot every morning to welcome visitors and start the day off right. 

Brewing Something Wonderful,

Molly J. Anderson

Program Director