Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Back to the daily grind..................
More backwards looking progress I suppose! Progress to me, though. I like real coffee, but have just got back into grinding; have done on and off over the years, but now it's wanting to bet back to the very basics of coffeemaking. Coffee is a privelege for me - it's come all that way across the world, grown by someone, processed, packed and arrived on my table with little or no effort on my part, so I try and treat it with respect. I gave up on instant a few years back, apart from the occasional jar for Bean, or for when I couldn't get ground. Now, I think I'd rather do without. When we first got our house, I bought isntant, because that was more or less all I knew. We then progressed to an electic coffee machine, with filter papers, for ground coffee. When that wore out and broke, I didn't replace it, but went back to instant. I was a bit happier when Fair Trade and organic appeared, so stuck with that for a while. I then eventually got a glass cafetiere, secondhand, which we still have, for ground coffee. We bought a few beans on and off as and when we found some that looked interesting or whose name appealed in some way - again, Fair Trade and organic wherever possible.I've now got organised to just ahve the freshly ground all the time; new beans with a lovely airtight tin to keep them in; back to the old enamel coffee pot I've had for nigh on 20 years or so, and a very nice ceramic, brass and wood grinder picked up half price at the Steam Fair a few years ago, for only £5.
Now, it's a joy to sit at the table and grind the beans for coffee - just enough for one cup, or two or three if required. Takes minutes, doesn't need to be hurried; put the kettle on the stove before you start grinding, and the coffee pot beside it to heat up. Take time to make a real drink, take time to drink it as it should be drunk. I need't even describe the aroma as it's made, a real bonus. No going back for me now.
Posted by MrsL at 12:31