My favorite daily ritual is sitting on my porch in the morning and drinking a cup of coffee. I like to nerd out about making it, and read a lot of blogs about people’s coffee setups and recipes. And they’re good! But many feature expensive equipment, highly precise measurements, and the freshest of ingredients. I’ve followed some in the past, but don’t like all the money and effort.
My favorite recipes are easy to approximate and remember, low effort, high quality, and also inexpensive. I have a “latte” recipe that I really like–the espresso is actually concentrated coffee – that hits all these marks. All the equipment combined costs less than $50, $30 if you own any kind of kettle for heating water, and the steps are easy to memorize.
- Aeropress coffee maker ($29)
- Electric kettle (any will do)
- A used glass jar (like from pasta sauce, any will do)
- Coffee scoop
- Ground coffee – 3 scoops. You do not need to be that picky, I pick up whatever’s on sale at the store.
- Milk, half to three quarters cup per drink – I marked this out on my jar.
- Hot water, a little less than boiling – let your kettle run and then take it off for a minute if it gets to a boil. The precise measurement on my kettle is 185 degrees farenheit.
- Scoop coffee into aeropress, heat the water, fill up about half the aeropress tube. It should get up to about 2 numbers. Stir. Put a filter on the cap.
- Pour milk into the glass jar, and microwave it for 90 seconds. Seal and shake the jar until there’s a nice little milk foam at the top.
- Press the coffee into a mug, then pour out the milk, scooping out the extra milk foam onto the top.
- If you want to make coffee for two just double the numbers. If you fill the aeropress to the tippy top it will produce enough espresso for two.