In praise of a decent coffee

A cup of coffee is a small but delightful part of the day. It’s an affordable luxury.

Coffee is quite possibly the perfect writers’ drink (so long as you’re not too wired already). It has that unmistakeable aroma and deliciously bitter taste. It has that ability to recharge my concentration. I can’t think of a better way to see in a winter’s sunrise than with a decent coffee.

There are a number of elements that contribute to making the perfect coffee:

  • The beans
  • The roast
  • The type of brewing method
  • The water
  • Where the coffee is consumed
  • The coffee mug or cup
  • How the beans are ground (coarse or fine)
  • And time

I enjoy a variety of coffee. My go-to everyday coffee is Arvid Nordquist, Classic Mellanrost.

In terms of the production method, I’ve tried a number of techniques. These days I tend to stick with a French press. I like a strong brew, which tends to work well with this method.

A decent coffee is something best enjoyed in a relaxing environment. For me, it’s the best way to start the day and to begin a writing session.

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