|My favorite cup of joe in my favorite mug|
Have you heard of it? I hadn't, but being the coffee lover that I am, I just had to look into this phenomenon, which I suspected might just be a ploy by the Starbucks and Coffee Bean & Tea Leafs of the world to get more people to partake of a jolly cup o' joe. Actually, there really is an origin story, dating back to 1983 in Japan; you can read about it at Wikipedia. And yes, there's a promotional aspect, but also a humanitarian goal--to focus attention on fair trade coffee growers. But back to my personal love affair with coffee. For me, every day is Coffee Day, international or not. I can't seem to do without it, although two or three, possibly four cups a day is about my limit--and usually imbibed no later than 2 or 3 p.m. Insomnia is not my friend.
This morning, on the way back from a morning walk, my husband and I stopped in to Peet's Coffee in Manhattan Beach.
"Their coffee's usually too strong," I told my husband, thinking I might toddle next door to Noah's.
Still, I must admit, my favorite cup of joe is my own home brew. At the risk of sounding like an ad for the devices I use, here's how I make it: single-cup cone filter (brown if you can get it) in my Hario v60 ceramic coffee dripper, a scoop of Peet's Major Dickinson's Blend, ground for a few seconds in my faithful Krups electric grinder, with boiling water splashed over the grounds until the mug is filled. Hmm, it's 2:41--think I'll have another cup!