NOTE: You are entering a no-judgment zone for this post.
One of my friends told me the other day that she was resorting to (gasp!) instant coffee in the morning because she didn’t have time to make the good stuff. Reading elsewhere on the interweb, I see that there is a common impression that it takes too long to make good coffee in the morning. So, help me figure out what “too long” means. How long do you have to make coffee in the morning? What are the trade-offs in your equation?
Here’s what we do at my house when we are in a rush (most days): We grind our beans the night before, set up the drip coffee maker, and then, it takes roughly 6 minutes in the morning from flip the switch to coffee in cup for a full pot. I suspect most who are using a drip coffee maker have a similar time table.
Coffee purists (including me) will tell you not to grind beans before you are ready to brew on the grounds (sorry for the pun) that the coffee will start getting stale. Pouring the water early is in the same category. Life is full of trade-offs, so by opting for saving time, you might lose a bit of flavor by taking these shortcuts. If you really think about it, however, pouring and grinding takes less than a minute, so this might be a false savings. In fact, the more I think about it, it is probably more a matter of habit, and habits change slowly.
If we use 6 minutes as the acceptable baseline for making coffee, here’s what we COULD do:
Okay, just as a recap, I am talking about trading off time and effort for the best in morning coffee. In case you missed it, my point is that it’s less about time and more about habit. If we think about the morning rush process, we might be able to make small changes that don’t add to the hassle but improve our quality of life. Let me know what you think.
Meanwhile, enjoy your coffee!