I just discovered the Coffee House Mysteries by Cleo Coyle. The protagonist is Clare Cosi and I enjoy the stories. They are "cozies" but very well written and I like the characters.
Thanks to Clare's constant rhapsodic praises of coffee in nearly every form, I began thinking about coffee seriously for the first time in my life. I've been drinking a lot more coffee since the diagnosis of asthma because it works very well as a bronco-dialator. I decided that if I'm going to consume so much coffee then I should learn how to make myself a good cup.
I went to Peet's Coffee and they were very helpful. I learned a lot from reading Cleo's books so I didn't look like a total idiot. I knew that I wanted to buy a stove-top, two-cup Espresso Maker and a single-cup French Press. Karen had come along with me and had a good chuckle over my plans. She knows that it is all about the process for me. That certainly explains why I enjoy knitting so much!
Anyway, the espresso maker is for home while the french press is for the office. I knew that each required a different grind - coarse for french press and fine for the expresso maker. I got half a pound of each grind of the Anniversary Blend. I plan on exploring all sorts of different blends in the future.
It turns out the Karen is absolutely right! I love the stove-top espresso maker. No big machine, just some coffee and water on a gas burner. I'm not quite ready for straight espresso so I but the liquid with some hot water - Cafe Americaine! Lovely! Particularly since we had a sunny Saturday and very cold Sunday and Monday. I snuggled by the fireplace, read, knit and napped.
I enjoyed my coffee very much. And, the french press works perfectly at the office. I've been making 3-4 cups a day!