It is not news that I am addicted to coffee- but I am certainly not one of those purists who find one brand of coffee they like and just stick to it. I like shopping around, and exploring different flavours. I also love trying mixing my own blends. I’m sure I have unique taste buds and maybe some day, I will find the best coffee blend in the whole world, right?
Anyway, there are certain coffees I love drinking when I am just in the mood for guilty pleasure. My guilty pleasures are derived entirely from food- it does not matter if it is actually expensive, or from Brazil. My favourite guilty pleasure is also a little bit of a cheap trick- when I’m in the mood, I just drop a dollop of Nutella in my morning coffee to give it a unique taste. If you feel fancy, you can call it a Mocha Hazelnut Espresso or Frappe. You’re welcome.
My second favourite guilty pleasure is fresh cinnamon. I only use cinnamon in my coffee when I have more time and I can slow brew my coffee. I just add some cinnamon when I’m brewing the coffee (as much as suits your taste). It gives it an incredibly earthy flavour- perfect for the heat or the cold!
What are your guilty pleasure coffees? Do share the recipe!
As a coffee fanatic, I don’t think I’m giving away any secrets by saying I love the artisan coffees and the special blends and the coffees that come from great coffee houses. However, one has to have coffee at home to use in one’s coffee maker, and paying an outrageous sum for the grind is, well, a grind all its own. So there are definitely store-bought brands of coffee I like, and one of my favorite from the grocers’ aisle is actually a mass-produced commercialized brand: Folgers.
Folgers is a very popular brand, and they actually produce some pretty good coffee; it’s more or less upper mid-shelf, not high-end, but with a Flavors line featuring vanilla, hazelnut, mocha and others, as well as cappuccino, there’s plenty to choose from with Folgers. Me, I prefer their simple dark roast. Not a morning blend; not anything special caff or overly fancy. Their dark roast is a great product for a store-bought selection.
Of course, if I had my druthers, my mornings would be spent drinking the finest coffee that one could ever produce. But not only is this habit expensive, it’s also very time consuming to constantly seek out world-class coffee. Sometimes, upper mid-shelf will do, and for those occasions, there’s nothing at all wrong with a little Folgers in your cup.
While I love the whole experience of going out for coffee, the chance to sit in the sun and let someone else do the work to bring me that perfect hit of espresso, on any given day I’m at home working – so, my home coffee needs to be as good as I can get it.
I’ve tried home espresso machines and used hotel stays to road test Nespresso, and while they often provide a good cup, I still believe it’s hard to get that high pressure on a home machine that sets the standard. There are arguments that say the machine is important and some that say it’s all in the beans – I’m a 50/50 kind of person, both have merits and have to be the best you can get. For a home machine I’ve now gone back to the basics, for me I love the theatre of my Moka stovetop espresso – old Italian style coffee, I have several of these in different styles and sizes, my favourite is an old classic I picked up in Italy, I like to imagine the old Nonnas who may have used it before. To go with this, if I have the time, I have a beautiful wooden grinder, there is something quite relaxing in sitting there and grinding the coffee myself.
Of course the beans are the star – I tend to rotate my beans to keep my taste buds interested, and we’re lucky in Auckland to have such a great range of roasters, my current favourite is Gravity Coffee’s Espresso Love blend.