February 18, 2012
The next time you prepare coffee, wait. Pause at every moment, take every action. Do not eat the apple; rather, eat every bite thereof.
This is advice I can give better than take. And yet it has given me the best, most consistent coffee I've ever made at home. I have no new equipment, just a renewed focus on the task.
And I have patience. I wet the grounds, and allow for a full bloom - however long it takes. I don't count; I don't rush; I don't douse. Once the bed is solid, I pour again - slowly, again. This takes however long it does, and however much water is required.
It's all very serene, and produces sublime coffee.