Who does not feel ahhhh……
When they smell a cup of freshly brewed coffee.
I did not grow up in a coffee-drinking home; however, my grandparents daily stirred instant coffee into boiling water. As a child, the coffee smelled bitter and I had no interest in tasting.
Many years later, I learned to appreciate coffee enhanced chocolate brownies (thanks to the Barefoot Contessa), a small cup of espresso with a chocolate croissant (thanks to CIA in Hyde Park, NY), and a Starbucks creation (thanks to My Friend A).
Inspired by my coffee-loving sister-in-law, V, today I ground coffee beans!
Visiting Niece A in St Louis, we strolled through her neighborhood market – Soulard Farmers Market (visit this market if you are in the area!!!). Our first stop was the Soulard Spice Shop, a local business since 1914. As I walked through the coffee section (buying beans for Brother R) and absorbed the aromas, I knew I had to try brewing the coffee.
The baker in me wants to measure everything!
ONE CUP OF COFFEE OR CAPPUCCINO
- 15 grams Chocolate Fudge coffee beans from Soulard Spice Shop, Soulard Farmers Market, St Louis, MO, freshly ground; medium grind
- 200 grams of 200 degree F water, not allowed to boil
- 1/3 cup of 2% milk, heated and frothed
- 1/8 teaspoon cacao nibs, optional (as they sink to the bottom of the cup, they will flavor the drink)
- sprinkle of cocoa, optional
- 3 chocolate covered espresso beans (surely you don’t want these to be optional!)
- Moisten paper filter and fit inside top of 2-cup drip coffee pot
- Heat water to almost boiling
- Add ground coffee to moist filter
- Pour 50 grams water over coffee grounds and allow to bloom for one minute
- Pour remaining 150 grams of water over grounds and allow to steep for about a minute
- Heat 1/3 cup 2% milk and froth with Nespresso Aeroccino machine, whisk or hand held mixer.
- Pour hot milk into freshly brewed coffee
- Sprinkle with cacao nibs
- Dust with cocoa
- Serve with chocolate covered espresso beans on the side
It all seems rather simple, and actually it is. But, I had a few ‘trial and error’ moments
moisten the filter:
water at 200 degrees fahrenheit
freshly ground coffee beans
add remainder of water
(Leave the coffee grounds sitting on the counter for a while; the aroma will drift through your kitchen!)
cappuccino & cacao nibs
(iPhone 4 photos)