The More You Know: An Important Update On How I Take My Coffee

by Courtney Sirotin on June 20, 2013

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So much can happen in a year. In fact, its been a year and a half since I last shared with you how I take my coffee. I am so sorry for making you wait so long for this valuable information.

It dawned on me this morning, as I was sipping my non-stimulating,  placebo-effect coffee, that unless I update my blog with all the changes going on in my life, changes like switching from caffeine to decaf, then I will be a has-been on the internet. I will be one of those lazy bloggers that stops caring about things like immediacy and trivial information. You must understand, how I take my coffee is both of these things and if I don’t tell you about how I stopping using stevia right now, the internet might very well implode. So let’s stop that from happening, okay?!

The last time we addressed this topic, I took my coffee like this:

Mug + Sweet Cream Creamer + Soy Milk + Stevia + Microwave + Keurig + Extra Bold/Dark Roast Caffeinated Kcup = My morning cup of coffee (x2)

Nowadays, the equation looks more like this:

[Mug (French Vanilla Creamer + Soy Milk + Microwave)] – Mug + To Go Cup + Coffee Pot + Dark Roast/Organic/Swiss Water Processed Decaf = My morning cup of coffee (x2)

I’m sure that read clearly to you as an equation, but just in case you are a little slow in coffee algebra, I’ll spell it out for you. So what I do is, I take a mug and fill it with about a tablespoon of French vanilla creamer and 1/4 cup of soymilk, zap that for a minute or so, until its basically boiling in the mug because I still like my coffee scalding hot, and then pour the milk mixture into a to go coffee cup. (I’ll explain about that in a minute). I then fill the cup the rest of the way with decaf coffee from a pot because I’m off the Keurig (I’ll explain that too).

Since I no longer drink caffeinated coffee regularly, a decision I came to when I noticed I was relying on caffeine way too much to get through my days, I started missing the feel of a paper coffee cup in my hand. Since I was no longer single-handedly supporting Starbucks (their decaf isn’t worth the trip), I reasoned I could spend a little more on paper coffee cups to use at home or to carry with me in the car. Also, the paper cups keep my coffee hotter longer because they have lids. I realize I am not making the best choice for the environment, but the reusable coffee mugs always get smelly/moldy after a while and then I have to throw them out too and they are even worse news for a landfill. Anyway, I only use one to-go cup per day and if I have more coffee later I drink it out of a mug.

As for he Keurig, I have two problems with it. First, I am a control freak about my food (surprised?) and it bothers me that the Keurig gets to decide how many ounces go in my cup. I want to make that decision, every time. Sometimes I only want 4.23 ounces and a Keurig can’t accommodate that. Also, it bothers me that I can’t alter the strength of the brew for each Kcup. Choosing to buy light/medium/bold/extra bold Kcups isn’t enough for me. I like to eyeball it when I scoop coffee into the pot and feel that my instincts on how much to add, which is an amount that changes every day, lines up with my moods better than a proportioned Kcup. Its an emotional kind of science. Lastly, I feel like Keurigs get mineral buildup and I want to be able to clean them better, which is something I can easily do with a coffee pot.

I feel compelled to note, as I conclude this update, that I don’t love my current cup of coffee, the one that I am drinking right now. I added too much milk and weakened the flavor. This mishap, while slightly annoying, is also part of the fun. Its always a challenged to make the perfect cup, and while sometimes I fail, when I do get it right – exactly right – it feels like a triumph…and a hug.

(And that, my friends, is how you write 700 words about making a cup of coffee and ensure your spot on the internet.)

p.s. This is my favorite decaf coffee, hands down (I get it at Kroger):

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KATIE June 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm

This is a link for the aladdin travel mug. I owe three and have used them almost every day for years-they never get yucky and are dis washer safe plus they are made from recylced plastic, BPA Free and recyclable. Plus they come in all sorts of colors and are reasonably priced and microwaveable.http://www.amazon.com/Aladdin-Recycled-Recyclable-16-Ounce-Green/dp/B0014HFVNE/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1371740764&sr=1-1&keywords=aladdin+travel+coffee+mug

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DONNA June 23, 2013 at 10:48 am

Well, I will have to keep my eye open for that kind of coffee. Decaf? Boy, we have been apart for awhile. Although a Keurig cup is nice at night, I enjoy the aroma of a fresh ground bag of coffee, the measuring and pouring of it, and the wonderful way the smell of it fills your whole house while it is brewing. Heck, I even like the way the car smells when you are bringing a fresh bag home. Here is my equation – Dark roast coffee + water equals joy for me. Have you tried it black? After five days of drinking it black, you will not go back, Any way you like it, it is to each his or her own in the coffee department. I cannot believe this topic has generated such interest with me.I am sipping my first morning cup as I write and it is deelish!

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