I aim to have one cup of coffee a day. I have come to love the taste and I don’t want to give it up, but I do think it needs to be enjoyed in moderation. Caffeine has a bad rapt and rightly so, in large amounts it can be damaging to the liver, brain, immune system, effect hormones, the heart, and other places that I won’t go into. So for me, it’s important to get that one 8 oz. cup perfect.
There are many different ways to brew coffee, the standard coffee machine that comes in as little as four cups and up, a french press, pour over, and my favorite the Aero Press. The Aero Press is a simple, easy to clean and store, system that uses air and pressure to extract that velvety goodness right into the coffee mug.
I like milk in my coffee and I like to make a mix between a latte and cappuccino. I found this awesome frother wand from Ikea, I believe it was around $2 or $3. I will heat a mixture of milk/half n half, a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1/2 tsp turbinado in the microwave, froth it with my wand and add it to my AeroPressed coffee.
It makes the perfect cup each time.
In place of vanilla extract, I have tried maple extract for a maple latte. I am eager to try other extracts to create other subtle flavors.