Nothing is more perfect than that first cup of morning coffee. Or you can enjoy coffee midday for a pick-me-up, or to cap off the evening alongside a sweet Italian cookie.
The following are tips to make a perfect cup of coffee:
First, remember these three facts:
- Use filtered water: the fewer impurities, the better
- Regardless of which type of coffee machine, use the correct proportions, which are:
- two tablespoons of grounds per eight ounces of water. Then adjust to your taste.
- Use the right grind for your machine: it differs by machine. As a general rule, the more time coffee grounds are in contact with water, the courser the grind should be.
The following are the most popular type of coffee makers:
Automatic Flat-Bottom & Automatic Cone: These are both very similar: water pours through the coffee filter and basket into a pot, and only differ by the shape of their baskets. They are best for easily brewing several cups of coffee.
French Press: This is an easy, manual brewing process in which the coffee grounds are soaked in hot water. This brews a full, rich cup of coffee, and is best for 1-4 cups served immediately. However, there will be coffee sediment at the bottom, so resist that last sip.
- Spoon grounds into the carafe (two tablespoons per eight ounces of water)
2. Pour boiling water into the carafe, allowing the coffee grounds to soak for several minutes, then pour.
Automatic Gold Cone: Similar to an automatic cone, this machine uses a gold-plated stainless steel filter instead of a paper one. The gold cone filter is similar to a French press, so it will produce a fuller-flavored coffee. The advantage is a French press flavor with the automatic machine convenience.
Soft Italian Cookies are delicious and satisfying with that great cup of coffee, and you’ll probably have most of the ingredients on hand in your kitchen.
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter (melted and cooled)
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract
6 heaping teaspoons baking powder
Add: 4-5 cups sifted flour, or the amount needed to make a soft, pliable dough. Knead dough lightly and shape into rings. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Frost with a colored butter frosting.
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Stay tuned for my latest sweet romance novella, Oh Danny Boy. The hero, Danny Brady, owns a coffee house chain in Northern Ireland, so look for coffee references and desserts featured throughout the novel.
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