Early starts can be a struggle at the best of times but the whole thing would be a lot easier if you knew the secret to a great cup of coffee.
Fortunately, loaded has been busy doing its homework and has come up with a nine-step guide to creating the ultimate cup of morning Java.
Follow these tips, and you’ll be plunging that cafetière like you’ve never plunged anything before.
Choose Your Beans
Choose decent coffee. We’ve found a few selections of ground coffee that aren’t disgusting. ALWAYS look for 100% pure Arabica beans.
Spring For Good Water
Use good water. Tap water ruins the favour of coffee, try using spring water instead.
It’s all about the heat
The water temperature should be 90 – 95 Celsius. Boil the kettle then let it sit for about 30 seconds. If you’re using a filter, make sure its ‘dioxin free’ or it will fuck up the taste, like your disgusting tap water.
For filter coffees, its all about the pour. Pour the hot water into the filter in a circular motion just until the coffee grounds have been saturated. Let the grounds, ‘bloom’ and puff up.
Then repeat until all the coffee has dripped out.
Now, you’ve come to the point of combining coffee and water. We’ll use a cafetière as the example for this one. A tablespoon per cup, so if you are serving in a six-cup pot then pile in six, earthy mounds of coffee. Pour in 900ml of water (use the water-to-coffee 10:1 guide if you’re confused)
Leave the top off and let it steep for four minutes.
Plunge down into the depths until you reach the very bottom.
If you must have milk then heat it up on the stove, or if you’re a fucking peasant then use the microwave. Its best if you own a steamer.
Enjoy the delicious results of your hard work.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.