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Why bother?

Posted on: October 5th, 2022
Categories: Coffee, How to

The most common reason people give me for drinking instant coffee is that they don’t have time to make anything else.

I’ve just timed how long it takes my electric kettle to boil – 2 minutes. So, let’s say an instant coffee takes you 2 1/2 minutes to brew. I can take fresh beans, grind and brew them in a variety of different ways in around 5 minutes. Are you really saying that you are so time poor that you can’t spare an extra 2 1/2 minutes to brew vastly superior coffee? If you drink four cups of coffee a day, all you need to find is an extra 10 minutes?

Brewing great coffee is easy once you’ve worked out what you’re doing. For example: Take a cafetière (or french press):

  • 18g of coffee per person;
  • grind it coarsely;
  • put it in the cafetière;
  • add hot water;
  • leave to steep for about 4 minutes; and
  • pour and drink.

And it’s not just drinking coffee that can bring pleasure. Use the routine of making coffee to be that all important place of sanctuary in a mad, hectic day at work/home. Just taking time away from the laptop or the hustle and bustle of daily life to ‘create’ a cup of coffee, just the way you like it, can be special. Make the process as therapeutical as the drink is refreshing and uplifting.

So don’t tell me you don’t have time. Build in 10 minutes in your day to have a PROPER coffee break – you’ll feel so much for it!

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