This week’s post marks the start a three part series entitled “Office Hacking.” Now, you’re probably asking yourself, “What is office hacking?” It’s all about taking what you have at your office and making the very most out of it, through slight modifications and small tools. So, this three part series will be all about how to make the most out of cubical life, and squeeze every little drop of enjoyment out of it.
I enjoy coffee just like every other American, but unfortunately my taste buds have been awakened to the taste of delicious coffee. I can’t and I won’t settle for the regular office sludge, I need good coffee. The problem is I just don’t have the time to swing by my favorite place in Atlanta (octanecoffee.com) to have a cappuccino before work. Some people say “just go to Starb***s and get coffee.” Well, I’d rather hold onto my $4 rather than choking down an old, burnt espresso and boiled milk. I might sound harsh and opinionated about my coffee, but once you’ve had black you’ll never go back!
My solution? The “pour over.” I’ll show you a step by step process of how to get a great cup of coffee, in under 5 minutes. The most important thing is the beans, it’s all about the beans. I usually use Counter Culture beans that I pick up from from Octane. If you let them know your using it for a pour over they’ll grind it accordingly for you for no charge. The only other things you need are a simple plastic pour over and filters, both of which you can get at your local Kroger (or other grocery store) for about $10 for both.
Next, just pre-wet the filter to get the paper taste out before putting your beans in.
Put your ground beans into the filter and start pouring hot water onto the grounds in a circular motion to bloom the grounds. After it blooms, continue pouring the water in a circular motion until your water is out. I usually use around 8 oz. of water, per couple of spoonfuls.
Note: It’s no exact science, more grounds = stronger coffee, less = weaker, try it out ’til you find your perfect combo!
And voila! A nice tasty, cup of coffee to get the day started off right!
I hope you have enjoyed this week’s entry of Niche Society stay tuned for more “Office Hacking” next week!