When’s enough enough?
I make coffee so many ways. French press is probably my favorite, but I make at least one pot of auto drip a day. I have a Bialetti Moka Express that makes excellent espresso. (So many people say expresso instead of espresso, it's interesting to me that Bialetti chose Express as a word in its product name. But that's another post for another day.) I haven't bought into any of the methods that require $1000 pieces of equipment because, well, I like to travel, and I haven't found them to produce a better cup than far less expensive options. (Again, another post for another time.)
For each method, I have my preferred amount of coffee, just as I have my preferred grind and roast. Most of us do. We want our coffee to be a reliable friend, something we can count on day in and day out.
But I love to play with my recipes sometimes. You'd be surprised at how the same coffee can have a different flavor with a bit less coffee, or a bit more. No other change.
Here's my challenge to you: experiment with different amounts of coffee. If you normally brew 6 cups with 6 tablespoons of coffee, give it one tablespoon fewer, or one tablespoon more tomorrow and see what you think.
This morning I'm having Chuck's Roast Medium in my French press. I used about 1/3 less coffee than I would normally use. It still has the core Medium flavor. But, it's a little brighter, with a slightly nuttier flavor. I don't know - I may have a new go-to recipe.
Buy a Chuck's Roast Sampler. Use a couple of different methods and a couple of different amounts and it will be like having 20 different coffees from which to choose!