There’s nothing quite like the taste of the day’s first cup of coffee, especially at the weekend. Leisurely drinking a tasty hot drink, contemplating how best to use the caffiene buzz at the start of a blissfully free day is a great feeling. But despite my love of fine coffee I rarely drink it at home. I’ve been treated to so much high quality coffee in London that I don’t really like the instant kind and it seems much easier to let the experts make the perfect drink for me.
But when the rain pours down and the desire to leave the warmth of my flat diminishes, I suddenly wish I had the supplies and knowledge to make a drink myself. So when I heard about Pact, a coffee start up that delivers fresh coffee to your doorstep, I was intrigued to find out more and determined to make a good cup by myself.
Pact is passionate about providing good coffee across the country. Their aim is to get freshly ground coffee right from the roaster to your doorstep, without being woken up by the postman or left with one of those frustrating collection notices.
(There’s no chance of an unwanted explosion with this packaging either!)
All you have to do is hop on their site, choose a coffee that suits your taste and brewing method, and if you order before 1pm it could land on your doorstep the very next day. Once you’ve signed up they arrange to send you a bag of coffee twice a month, if you run out sooner you can get a fresh bag at the click of a button.
At the moment I only have a cafetiere so I went for Passeio Natural. It smelt pretty good when I opened the envelope!
The handy packaging provides you with the tasting notes, but when you’re choosing your coffee you can learn a whole lot more about where the beans originated from too.
So I dug out the cafetiere, rummaged around the internet for tips, and stumbled upon Grumpy Mule’s guide to making good cafetiere coffee. Here’s my interpretation of their guide …
1. Spoon the coffee into your cafetiere. You need 2 rounded dessertspoonfuls (20g) for a 3 cup, 4 rounded dessertspoonfuls (40g) for a 6 cup and 6 rounded dessertspoonfuls for an 8 cup. (Top tip – a cafetiere cup size is a small cup (demitasse) not a mug, so a 3 cup cafetiere will make 1 mug, 6 cup cafetiere will make 2 mugs and so on.)
Due to a desperate purchase some time ago I only have an 8 cup so I went for a 6 cup measure and used my coffee spoon.
2. Pop the kettle on – then allow it to come off the boil (wait a good 30 seconds at least).
3. Pour the water onto the grounds in the cafetiere – ensure that they are fully wetted. Allow the grounds to absorb then continue adding water in a constant flow. The fresher the coffee, or darker the roast, the more the froth forming on top expands. So more water may need to be added shortly.
Wait a few moments for the coffee to settle then give it a couple of stirs, but nothing too vigorous. Top up with a little more water if necessary
4. Place the plunger and lid on top to retain heat – but don’t plunge just yet.
Take your cafetiere to the table, read the paper, a magazine, or your favourite book and allow the sweet smell of coffee fill the room. Brew for about 4 minutes.
5. Plunge the filter steadily.
If you don’t take it black, add a dash of milk like I did. And pair with some hot buttery crumpets.
Definitely the tastiest cup of coffee I’ve ever enjoyed at home and I feel more confident about making it myself now. Although practice does make perfect and I think I still need work on getting the right coffee to water ratio.
If that’s got you thirsty I’ve got some good news for you! You can get your own sweet coffee satisfaction at home with Pact for just £1 (including free P&P). Saving you a tidy £5.95 on the standard price. All you need to do is visit www.pactcoffee.com and enter the code CITYLIFE to claim your 250g bag of letterbox friendly coffee.
There is no commitment or trickery, just remember to cancel it if you don’t want any more coffee.
Terms and conditions apply – for details go to www.pactcoffee.com/terms
Do you enjoy coffee at home? What do you drink and how do you brew it?
Pact kindly provided me with a complimentary bag of coffee. As you know I love good coffee and all opinions are my own.