coffee

Why isn’t this taught in the nursing textbooks? Where is the skills test for this in nursing school? Making good coffee as a nurse is that important. We’re talking patient safety here!

I ditched my automatic drip coffee maker years ago and traded it in for the pour over method. The equipment involved never fails (ceramic or glass dripper, electric kettle, and a grinder). And with just a little practice, it takes the same amount of time AND tastes 100 times better. I am not kidding.

Try it for yourself and ditch the Folgers!

  1. Determine the type of roast that you prefer and purchase whole bean coffee. Light roasts retain the most coffee flavor and the most caffeine. It is my favorite roast, but can be too acidic for some taste buds. Dark roasts are roasted for a longer period of time and have the least amount of caffeine. Dark roasts usually bring out the flavor of the roast rather than the bean, and they tend to taste smokey, bitter, or even burnt. Medium roasts strike a balance between the two, which appeals to many coffee drinkers.
  2. Grind beans immediately before brewing. Beans contain oils that will go rancid once they are exposed to air. For the freshest tasting coffee, grind immediately before you brew!
  3. Use enough coffee. A general rule of thumb is to use two heaping tablespoons of ground coffee for each six ounces of water. Measure it out the first time and you’ll get a good feel for how to eyeball it in the future.
  4. Add a pinch of salt. I’m serious. Salt brings out the flavors of whatever you are making. If you want your hot chocolate to taste more chocolatey, add a pinch of salt! Want a more savory chicken noodle soup? Add a pinch of salt. Same for coffee! It won’t taste salty, I promise!
  5. Set up your equipment. Place a filter in the dripper. Add the grounds and salt, and place the dripper over a carafe.
  6. Use an electric kettle to heat the water. This is important because you want the water to be at just the right temperature. If it’s too hot (boiling), it will burn the coffee. If it’s not hot enough, it won’t extract the beans properly. Best way to ensure the appropriate temperature is reached is to use an electric kettle and turn it off when you hear the water quiet down just before the boil.
  7. Pour the water. Take 15 seconds to pour just enough water to cover and saturate the beans. When the water drops to the bottom of the filter, pour more water over the beans. Repeat until you’ve used up your water.
  8. Enjoy! And kick that next shift in the butt!
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