Thursday, December 9, 2021

Strong Coffee

I feel very strongly about coffee.  I know I’m not alone when I say that I love coffee.

Let me rephrase that.  I L-O-V-E coffee.

The smell of cracking open a fresh bag of beans, of the coffee brewing in the pot.  Can you smell it right now?  I can.

Something about the entire ritual of preparing coffee is so comforting.  Pouring a cup, adding a bit of creamer and then stirring it all together.  Then wrapping your hands around the mug and lifting it to you your lips for the first sip.  De-lish!

While I’ve certainly had a ton of BAD coffee over the years, I am often surprised at how many ways there are to brew a good cup of coffee. 

Growing up, there was always lots of instant coffee around so it took me a while to understand what a GOOD cup of coffee can taste like.  Over the years, I’ve tried coffee using ground, whole bean, even coffee bags.  Plus I have to admit that the instant packets from Starbucks were not bad either.  Some swear by their French press.  Others can’t live without their Keurig (which I use from time to time but it doesn’t really make the coffee strong enough for me).  We buy coffee concentrate that I often use to kick a Keurig brewed cup of Joe into overdrive.

I know that in the U.S., “Coffee Regular” is generally understood to mean with milk and two sugars.  My dairy additive of choice is half & half and I don’t do sugar or any sweetener.  I prefer my coffee strong – bold and earthy.  If the coffee is good, I don’t even need to have caffeine.  Because I try to save caffeine for when I really need it, more often than not I’m drinking decaf or 50/50 blend.  Again, when the coffee is strong, I don’t miss the caffeine.

Years ago my relationship with coffee really bordered on unhealthy – I drank so much of it that my body never knew when it was day or night.  Nowadays, I generally limit myself to a cup a day – on the rare occasion I’ll have two.

All of this writing about coffee has put me in the mood for some.  Anyone care to join me?



  1. Coffee has never been my thing, but maybe you can answer a question I have. What's the difference between the stuff in Keurig pod and the coffee concentrate?

  2. I'm right there with you, but I drink mine black and fully caffeinated.

  3. I didn't start drinking coffee until my mid-20s, though I always loved the smell of it. My dad was a truck driver, so he was constantly drinking it, and when I worked at McDonald's in high school, there was just something about the smell of coffee brewing when we were opening the store.

    Now I drink it every day, and like you I pass on the sugar. I love heavy whipping cream in mine though.