Morning. It’s just like it appears in those inspirational sunrise photos of beautiful beaches, serene mountaintop abodes, and welcoming wrap-around porches with rocking chairs. Except with a lot more Hurry up! and a lot less tranquility.
As much as we’d love morning to reflect what we see in those photos, the realities of life often have us working against the clock. Recently I decided to take morning back. One morning I woke up a little earlier than usual and walked into my kitchen heading for my single-cup drip brewer. Then I abruptly about-faced and decided to fish my neglected pour over set out of the cabinet. What a great way to start the day.
You can take morning back too. It might take some practice and discipline, but don’t let that stop you. If you need more convincing, keep reading!
10 Reasons to Drop the Drip
- Change. Embrace it. Being set in your ways can leave you stagnant. Even something as simple as changing your coffee routine can have a positive impact.
- Temperature. When you brew manually, you have control over one of the most important aspects of making coffee: water temperature. Drip coffee makers have no settings for water temperature, but when you heat up your own water, you can get it to the optimal 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit, according to this guide from the National Coffee Association.
- Contact. The amount of time the water and coffee grounds hang out is especially important. When using manual methods like pour over or French press, you control how much water touches the grounds and for how long.
- Taste. This one’s straightforward: When you have control over temperature and contact, you also control flavor.
- Connect. Slowing down is good for your state of mind. And according to Forbes, getting up a little earlier has some pretty great rewards. The way you start your day sets the tone. Start slow and smooth (and sweet too if you like!).
- Cost. How many times have you thrown out half a pot of coffee because you made too much? It’s hard to brew smaller amounts with your average electric drip coffee maker. When you brew by hand, it’s nearly impossible to make too much. So you’ll use fewer coffee beans, thus saving you money.
- Waste. This follows cost. No throwing out unused brewed coffee equals no waste. Good for your wallet and your conscience.
- Space. Drip coffee makers aren’t small. If you’re tight on countertop space or a fan of a minimalist kitchen, manual brewing is the method for you. As a bonus, you can find some great-looking manual brewers that double as cool kitchen décor.
- Portability. Have you ever tried packing your drip coffee maker? Not so practical. We’re here to tell you there’s a much easier way: manual brewing. The tools you’ll need are small and can easily go wherever life takes you.
- Charity. When you purchase manual brewing products from Coletti, you’re supporting a worthy cause. We give 100% of profits toward efforts to stop human trafficking.
What's your inspiration for dropping the drip? Share in the comments below!