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!
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...
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.
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!
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