How about a cup of Joe?

Its Saturday morning after a few beers on Friday night. I live in a room in a house in the San Francisco East Bay. I want things easy. No convoluted paths to happiness so I brew coffee and not drink instant. Ah, but how to brew that two cups I require you may ask.

Well asked dear reader. I’ve done French Press coffee, ground my own beans to a coarse grind, bought gourmet beans from here and there. The only thing too much work was the French Press. Enter this cool little device

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Source: Bodum at Amazon

This is a 34 ounce pour over from Bodum that I bought. What it does is simplify the whole coffee endeavor. It makes the mornings easier and there is no pressing and waiting and all that stuff. I also needed a way to heat the water and my old trustworthy blue hot water heater fritzed out on me. So I bought another goodie from my pal Amazon.

Source: Cozyna at Amazon

The Cozyna is a nice touch and also makes me happy and the way it pours with its goose neck spout is a thing of beauty. It does not whistle which would probably scare my housemates a bit. It does shut off gracefully and the water is ready.

So here is how I do my coffee and make the Joe all ready to be enjoyed.

  1. Warm exactly 24 ounces of water in the Cozyna. This equals two cups that I want each day at home.
  2. Measure exactly three spoons of coarsely ground coffee using the spoon included with the Bodum and pour into the filter.
  3. When water is ready, pour an initial amount to soak and “bloom” the grounds and stop for 40 agonizing seconds. Now start slowly pouring water over the grounds in a circular fashion for about 3 minutes or so until all gone.
  4. Coffee will be ready right after and it tastes so good!

The Bodum pour over makes just enough for my two 12 ounce coffee cups. And there is joy in the Mike force. The aroma of the freshly cooked up coffee is incredible and I watch morning news, consider the weekend, and simply enjoy that essential morning where there is no place to go, no chore to do right away, and no one requiring attention besides me.

In a larger sense, this transforms the days into moments of silent splendor and wonder at a simple thing like a cup of Joe. It links me in silent reverie to seeing my daughter force later today but it leaves me focused in the moment, the coffee, the steaming pour over and how a few simple things which do not take much space and just a bit of cash can make a person feel happier. Living in a room has its challenges and happiness moments.

Having a few choice things to spoil me and enrich a moment or two makes the other moments expended in work or duty or chores more reasonable. Its the cup of Joe folks that steams away on the desk.




Author: Michael Perry

I've been blogging for over 20 years and now am living in Southeast Asia. The blog is about my slow vagabonding wherever I want to go. My home base is in Cambodia but I'm rarely there.