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The Perfect Cup of Coffee

BEEP BEEP BEEP. Your alarm clock goes off at 6AM. You sleepily reach across your bed and aimlessly start hitting your nightstand. You’re aiming for the alarm clock but at 6AM your aim is slightly off and it takes you a few tries to 1) find the alarm clock and 2) successfully hit the snooze button. Then, just as you’ve started to drift back into a semi-sleep state of mind, it goes off again. This time your aim is slightly better but you’ve resigned yourself to getting up and starting your day. As you force yourself to sit up, all you can think about is that first cup of coffee. You can practically taste it in your mouth and just thinking about it gives you something to look forward to.

Does this sound familiar? I hope it does. If not, I have a serious addiction to caffeine and will probably need to seek professional help. Getting up every morning for work is not something we (i.e. I) look forward to, but it has to be done. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I do need coffee to get my day going, but what non-coffee drinkers don’t understand is it’s not just ANY cup of coffee that will get me through my day. It has to be the PERFECT cup of coffee.

If you’re making coffee at home it may seem like a no brainer, but I’m going to blog about it anyways today because after years of drinking coffee, 3 different coffee makers and countless different brands of coffee, I’ve learned what the formula is for coffee. You’re in luck, because I’m going to share it with you 🙂


– 1 heaping tbsp of ground coffee – I go for hazelnut or chocolate raspberry but choose whatever works for you

– 3 tbsp half and half

– 1 tsp sugar

– 2 cups water (measured in the coffee pot)


So this recipe is for 1 cup of coffee. Your coffee maker will have lines in the pot to use for measuring water. As a general rule of thumb, every 2 cups of water you measure with the pot will only yield 1 cup of coffee. I learned this the hard way, so take note of this!! If you want 2 cups of coffee that means you have to measure 4 cups of water with the pot and so on.

The next step is measuring out the coffee. For every cup of coffee you’re serving, you want 1 heaping tbsp of coffee. This may seem like a lot, but once it gets diluted in the water and you add half and half…it’s really not.

Add the water to your coffee maker and the coffee to your filter and hit that start button. You should be able to smell the coffee as it’s brewing and once its done, a quick glance at the pot will usually tell you if the coffee is good or not. A good pot of coffee will be a dark, rich brown color. If you hold the pot up to the light, it will be difficult to see through the coffee. A weak (i.e horrible) cup of coffee will be light brown in color and you will be able to see through it. When you pour the coffee into a cup and add half and half, a good cup of coffee will slowly take a creamy, light caramel color. A weak (i.e horrible) cup of coffee will turn an odd slightly grayish color and if you taste it, it will be bitter.

So there you have it guys – not a very traditional way of getting my recipe across but just remember that every 2 cups of coffee pot water = 1 cup of coffee  to drink and for every 1 cup of coffee you want to drink, you need 1 heaping tbsp of ground coffee to add to the filter. If you remember those 2 things you will ALWAYS have a perfect cup of coffee.

Also, as you may have guessed, I haven’t yet jumped on the K cup band wagon. I may make my way there at some point which would eliminate the need to try to make the perfect cup of coffee. For now, I’m good with my pot. It makes it easier to make multiple cups of coffee at once and if you have people over it makes it a little easier to make coffee for everyone.

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope your day starts off with a great cup of coffee 🙂

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