How to Make the Best Cup of Coffee You Will Ever Drink

With cafes on every corner, “gourmet coffee” ads at local convenience stores and pods to stick into complicated machines, what in the world is a coffee lover to do? The answer is simple: Hario V60. Trust me, this aesthetically simple device will change your life. Let me preface this by telling you that I am by no means a coffee conniesseur. In fact, I’m known to down my joe in cream and sugar on occasion. Oh, the horror. But I’ve been schooled by someone that lives and breathes coffee beans, and my perspective has changed completely. Nick Griffith of Tonx Coffee (Coffee guru AND handsome dad of two), thank you for showing me the light.

All coffee is not created equal. In fact, once you have the real deal, you will never ever go back to subpar. There are so many things to consider. For one, start with the coffee beans. They need to be grown in the right environment taking lots of factors into consideration. They also need to be roasted at the perfect time and then ground right before serving. I’m going to sound completely ignorant here, but I always have my coffee ground and then stuck in the fridge. This is one of the worst things that you can do…unless you want rancid coffee that tastes like broccoli. Yes, I have much to learn. It’s also imperative that the buyer has a relationship with his or her grower to ensure optimal growing conditions and a fair work environment.

This step by step guide will show you how to make fresh coffee in the comfort of your own home without substituting taste or flavor.

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  • 1. Pay attention to your kitchen ambience. 1 of 14
    1. Pay attention to your kitchen ambience.
    I love buying myself fresh and inexpensive flowers at the local farmers' market to give my kitchen a pop.
  • 2. Get thee a coffee bean grinder. 2 of 14
    2. Get thee a coffee bean grinder.
    In order to keep your coffee as fresh as possible, only grind it right before you brew.
  • 3. Use fresh, direct trade beans. 3 of 14
    3. Use fresh, direct trade beans.
    Buy from people that know a great deal about the beans and where they are from. For one cup of Hario V60, measure 25 grams or about 3.5 tablespoons of beans.
  • 4. You can also use a manual grinder. 4 of 14
    4. You can also use a manual grinder.
    I actually prefer this. It's quiet, and a wonderful stress reliever.
  • 5. Use a proper filter and rinse it with warm water after you put it in the Hario V60. 5 of 14
    5. Use a proper filter and rinse it with warm water after you put it in the Hario V60.
    Wetting the paper filter keeps the paper from affecting the taste of the coffee.
  • 6. Make sure that you have the right setup. 6 of 14
    6. Make sure that you have the right setup.
    You need a paper filter, Hario v60, and coffee mug. When you transfer the beans, gently shake to create an "even bed of coffee." That's all Nick, right there.
  • 7. Measure the right amount of water to boil. 7 of 14
    7. Measure the right amount of water to boil.
    Nick recommends that the total water be 400 grams or about 13.5 oz.
  • 8. Pour a little bit of water over the beans. 8 of 14
    8. Pour a little bit of water over the beans.
    You want to use just enough to wet the ground beans (Nick calls this "saturating the grounds" and then pause. As Nick says "You want the bloom to settle." Oh yes, we most certainly do.
  • 9. Pour the rest of the water in a circular motion. 9 of 14
    9. Pour the rest of the water in a circular motion.
    Do not just pour it on. There is a technique here. Also, you may use a spoon to move the grounds a bit.
  • 10. Appreciate the process. 10 of 14
    10. Appreciate the process.
    This may sound weird, but my experience with Hario V60 is that it is quite relaxing. It's kind of like those sand gardens, except with coffee. Nick uses a timer on his iPhone to make sure that he is done adding water around 2 minutes, 30 seconds. Me? I average...
  • 11. If your coffee looks like this, you are doing it right. 11 of 14
    11. If your coffee looks like this, you are doing it right.
    This is awesomeness right here.
  • 12. The perfect swirl 12 of 14
    12. The perfect swirl
    Do you see how the water is making a neat little swirl in the grounds? Perfection.
  • 13. Savor your cup, don’t drink it right away. 13 of 14
    13. Savor your cup, don't drink it right away.
    I always believed that the best cup of coffee is a scalding one. Turns out, people got used to drinking hot coffee because it was a way to mask the poor taste and quality. Fabulous beans deserve to be savored.
  • 14. Take your coffee outside and inhale. 14 of 14
    14. Take your coffee outside and inhale.
    This is bliss. Enjoy! Remember, you don't need any cream or sugar. Nada. If your brew is too strong, dilute with water. If you want it stronger, use less water on your next try. Baller!

A million thanks to Nick for his patience and wisdom. I’ve had Tonx beans and they are divine…without a doubt in my mind the best coffee I have ever had. Thank you to my dear friend, Flora Barndt, for capturing us so nicely. I mean it!

How’s your coffee taste? Follow me @skatemamas or at Skate Mamas.com

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