My real obsession with coffee began when I actually had good coffee in Paris. Café Creme is my absolute favorite coffee drink now and I cannot buy one outside of France. What’s the deal with that! When I’m Paris it’s about all I drink in the morning. It’s very similar to a cappuccino but it’s steamed cream, not milk, and there’s usually little to no foam. At least that’s been my experience. The closest I can find here the good’ol USA is a flat white. Even though in Paris they usually don’t use French coffee. They use Lavazza for the most part (In Paris that is. Please don’t beat me up if this is not at all the case. That has just been my experience). I now use this almost exclusively at home. If I’m making large quantities of drip coffee I prefer to use Dunkin Donuts. Being on a budget you can’t always afford Lavazza. I do however use Lavazza espresso roast for my espresso machine. I don’t have a super fancy machine and it’s supposed to do 15 bars (pressure) but I don’t think I ever get that. It’s probably around 8 but I hear 9 is best any way. It does the job for me. It has a steamer on one side and a tamper on the other side.
We have a plethora of coffee gear. We have the normal café cups for my café cremes. We have the small spoons. We also have a burr grinder. A burr grinder crushes instead of chops the beans like a blade grinder. This makes for a much better flavor of coffee. We have an Aeropress. It makes a very good espresso. I don’t normally use this out of convenience and kitchen space. We have a normal drip coffee maker and we have a Keurig. I’m not big on the Keurig. The only reason we bought one was so the wife didn’t have to make a pot in the morning before work. It is very convenient and that’s why they are so popular. The pods are expensive and generally okay to drink in a pinch. Lavazza makes “k-cups” and so does D&Ds but they don’t taste the same as the drip from beans or even already ground coffee. I also have a French Press. I love the French Press. It’s probably my favorite way to make coffee if I’m having more than one cup. The flavor of the coffee from a French Press using beans that were ground in a burr grinder is nothing like you’ve ever had. It makes such a smooth cup of coffee.
I’ve come a long way from making Folger’s coffee in a 15 gallon pot in the middle of the desert/woods. That’s right, that is how we made it as a cook in the Army when out in field. After starting your burners this would be the first thing going on the MKT (Mobile Kitchen Trailer). In comparison the coffee is bad but what can you do when you are in the middle of no where or a combat zone for that matter! Go Army! Good coffee comes from good beans ground correctly for the method you are using. You can have really good drip coffee, and all the Europeans just gasped! I guess that’s just the Red, White, and Blue in me, but yes you can.