Presents from my kids.
My son, his girlfriend and my daughter spoiled me with a pile of gifts for my birthday. The packages arrived all week and I was instructed not to touch or open anything. On my birthday morning, my husband stacked the gifts on the counter in our casita.
This whole pile is to make a cup of coffee. That’s right. All these items are used for “Pour Over” coffee. When I last went to Berkeley to help my son post foot surgery, I learned the arduous task of pour overs. The first time I made coffee my son said to me, “You didn’t let this bloom long enough.”
It did taste bitter, a side effect of not enough “bloom.”
If you’re curious what was in all the packages, the big bag held the grinder. The smaller packages included Ethiopian beans, a scale, a bowl to put on the scale to weigh the beans, a glass carafe to make and hold the coffee, coffee filters, a platter to put under the grinder (from a Finnish artist — since I’m of Finnish descent) and a special kettle with a thermometer on it to get hot water at the exactly correct temperature.
Here are the presents unwrapped — the Pour Over paraphernalia.
Why did they choose to give me pour over coffee equipment? It’s because at my son’s house, I began to enjoy the process of making coffee every morning. When I returned home, I called my son and said that my Keurig coffee — even the special Starbuck’s Holiday Blend — was tasteless. I could have been drinking water.
Here’s the secret recipe to making a good cup of pour over coffee:
Fill the kettle with water and turn on the burner.
Weigh 30 grams of beans in the small bowl.
Put a filter on the Chemex carafe.
Place the carafe on the scale.
Grind the beans right before the water is at the correct temperature.
Pour hot water into the filter to get it wet.
Pour water out of the carafe.
Place ground coffee into the wet filter.
Pour 60 grams of hot water from the kettle over the coffee grinds — making sure it’s all wet.
Let it “bloom” for several minutes. Bubbles will appear on the surface of the grinds.
Pour 100 grams of hot water onto the filter holding the ground coffee beans.
Wait for the coffee to drip.
Repeat three more times.
The result is an excellent, bold, full flavored cup of coffee! There’s something about the process that is relaxing and satisfying. Otherwise, it would be too much work — even for superior tasting coffee.
A friend from Palm Springs called with birthday wishes. I asked her if she knew about “Pour Over” coffee. She said, “Yes. My two son-in-laws have all that stuff. The glass carafe, the coffee grinder. I have to get to work in the morning. I drink a cup of instant.”
We met friends at a restaurant for my birthday dinner. They walked in with a huge wrapped gift. It reminded me of when I was a child and I’d get a large doll in a big box! I was so excited.
What was in the box? Pink flamingos. Now I need to find a home for them in the yard!
Have you heard of Pour Over coffee? Have you tried it? What are your thoughts of pink flamingos?