When I was at Union Brew Lab on Saturday, the coffee I ordered was given to me in a latte art pitcher. I was also given a mug into which I could pour the coffee on my own. I liked this experience because the act of pouring coffee into a mug, I found, was soothing. There's something nice about pouring coffee that has already been prepared into a mug, ready for you to drink. I was able to pour coffee from the pitcher into my mug three or so times before I was out of coffee because the mug I was given was quite small (and there was quite a bit of coffee in the pitcher, to be fair).
This got me thinking about how I could emulate this experience at home. I thought about what I have at home and realised I have a smaller cappuccino cup from Loveramics that I had never used. I also had a large decanter in which I usually brew iced coffee, which would have been perfect for storing the coffee I made until I was ready to pour it into my cup. With all of this in mind, I decided to make a bit more coffee than normal, brew it into the decanter, and then drink the coffee out of my cappuccino cup.
I have done this for the last two days and on each occasion I have felt good. There is something special about preparing what is essentially a jug of coffee from which I can keep pouring. I got about three small cups out of the amount I was preparing and I could pour my next cup at my own pace. I could pour a small amount of coffee in as a top up. Or I could pour in new coffee as I finished a cup.
This may not sound engaging but to me drinking coffee in this way—where I brew into a large decanter and serve into a mug myself—has made me rethink how I want to drink coffee at home. It's not so much about the quantity of coffee but rather the experience of pouring coffee from a jug into a mug. I don't usually have this experience because: (i) I am brewing into a mug or; (ii) I am so focused on brewing I do not think much about decanting my coffee.
Next time you make a brew, I'd recommend you try what I have been doing:
- Brew coffee into a decanter (preferably a bit more than you usually have).
- Find a mug that fits about 200 mls of coffee in (you could use an even smaller mug, but I don't think a mug near the size of an espresso cup would do).
- Pour your coffee into your mug from the decanter at your own pace. To get the most out of this experience, you should have at least enough coffee to pour a cup and a half, but ideally at least two cups (which is easy if you are using a smaller mug than you usually do).
Thanks Union Brew Lab for introducing me to the idea of decanting my own coffee during the drinking experience.
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