My Morning Coffee

I like to wake up early every morning, so I can journal and enjoy some quiet time. I think about, and give thanks for a new day and the blessings of yesterday. When I finish my writing, I treat myself to a much anticipated cup of coffee. As you can see in the photo above, I start out with a lot of milk in cup.
Next, I add extra bold, dark roast coffee. I love the flavor combination. It is a delicious moment when I take the first sip. The warmth of the cup in my hands, also fights the early morning chill. This first cup of coffee is indeed a delightful experience.

Another Benefit of my Stove Top Espresso Maker

On-the-stoveI purchased this stove-top espresso maker while visiting New Zealand earlier this year. I  wrote a post at that time titled, Love my stove top espresso machine.

I enjoy getting up very early every morning to write. It’s a time when I can sit quietly with a cup of coffee and my journal. This morning I thought about my espresso maker. I’d used it quite often when I first arrived home from New Zealand, but had relied on my electric coffee maker more recently. I was out of espresso grind coffee this morning,  but wondered if I could use regular grind instead. Here’s what happened.

water-in-bottomFirst I separated the lower section of the coffee maker and poured in filtered water to just below the pressure valve, which you can see slightly above the water line.

basketNext I placed the basket into the lower section and added two tablespoons of regular grind coffee, as seen below. Coffee should not touch the water.

Grounds-in-basketNext I securely reattached the lower section to the top section of the espresso maker and placed it on the stove burner. I like to use a lower temperature setting.

While the coffee heated, I poured almond milk into my bright orange coffee cup.

As the water heated in the espresso maker, I could hear it begin to hiss and gurgle as the steam forced the hot water through the ground coffee. When the hissing stopped,  the coffee was ready. I let it sit for a few seconds then poured it into the mug. It was very hot, so I was careful not to burn my fingers.

pouring-coffeeWhen I finished this process, I had a delicious cup of coffee and I’d learned that regular grind coffee works just as well as the finer espresso grind. This means I can use regular grind decaf when I want a cup of coffee later in the day. This is also less expensive than the single serving pods I usually use. It’s a little more work, but worth it. So glad I remembered to use the stove top espresso maker.