Mornings Can Be Stressful
Sometimes, mornings can be stressful. Getting dressed, packing lunches, catching up on emails, and more, can all get in the way of truly getting ready and setting good intentions for the day. That’s why I’ve found that a cup of coffee after getting ready and before leaving the house for the day has been really beneficial to me. It forces me to stop for a minute, relax, and enjoy a quiet moment before the craziness of whatever is to come.
Here on Brewing Up Style, I often share my favorite craft brews, but coffee is another brew that I am definitely a fan of. After wanting to get one for a long time, I finally got my Chemex pour over system. Coffee at home hasn’t been the same since! Pour overs take out all of the bitterness of coffee and really just leave the complex, earthy flavors. Most of the time, I don’t even need to use milk and sugar!
Get Your Supplies
When we switched to using the Chemex we needed just a few coffee supplies that we didn’t already have. Here is what you need to brew a perfect cup of coffee using a pour over system:
- 6-Cup Chemex
- Filters (we use a reusable one for the environment)
- Coffee Grinder
- Gooseneck Water Kettle
Brew the Perfect Cup
Although brewing using a Chemex may seem scary at first, it really isn’t that complicated. Luckily, I’m going to break down each step here!
- For the Chemex, you need to grind your coffee to a medium grind. Not too fine because you could end up with lots of grinds in the bottom of your cup.
- Use a ratio of about 1:16. 1 tablespoon of grinds to 16 tablespoons of water- that’s about 1 cup of water.
- For one cup of coffee, I usually do two tablespoons of grinds and two cups of water
- Place the grinds at the bottom of the filter.
- Pour enough water in to just barely cover the grinds, and wait for it to filter out. Think of this step as priming the grinds for more water.
- Once you’ve primed your grinds, pour the rest of the water in slowly. This is why a gooseneck kettle is nice to have! It is so much easier to control water flow with one.
- Wait until all of the water has filtered out.
That’s it! Go and enjoy your freshly brewed pour over. 🙂
Mindfullness and a Cup of Coffee
Recently I have begun to practice some meditation and mindfulness, and this routine in the morning definitely fits in with that. I realized I was getting stressed out so much during the day about little things and I really needed a way to calm myself and focus. I knew I had to change some routines to help slow down and appreciate the little moments of the day. Beginning the day with a quiet moment like this has really helped! Taking a few deep breaths and appreciating the smell of my morning brew really helps center and ground me.
I also like to end the day with a cup of camomile tea and some meditation. Maybe I’ll do a post on that later! The gooseneck kettle I linked is perfect for tea as well.
How Do You Get Ready for the Day?
Do you have a quiet moment to breathe before taking on the day? I would love to know about others’ strategies for mindfulness!
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