The 31 days of my Brewing Coffee Manually Challenge have come and gone without incident or significant excitement on the coffee front. There were a few introspective early morning brew sessions and times when I thoroughly enjoyed (and abused) my .5 square feet of extra counter space. Many cups of outstanding coffee were had and, overall, I’d say the exercise was a smashing success.
When the smoke had cleared a bit and my filters were restocked, I sat down and tried to dissect what I could take away from it all. Here are a few things I learned by giving up my automatic coffee maker for a month:
I don’t need an automatic coffee maker for day-to-day operations
I will go even further and say, “At this point, I don’t want an automatic coffee maker for my day-to-day operations.” I found that I look forward to brewing my coffee manually in the morning (even really early) and realized how much I dreaded prepping my coffee the night before.
Ok I’ll admit it. I have a coffee blog titled “Brewing Coffee Manually” and I use my automatic drip coffeemaker at least three times a week.
I generally have a cup of coffee 2-3 times a day so granted that is a smaller percentage of my actual coffee consumed (less than 20%) but I wanted to get it off my chest. Sometimes I take the easy road and use the coffeemaker.
I generally use my coffeemaker when I have early morning shifts (we are talking before some McDonald’s are even open earliness). The automatic timer function ensures that I can get up at the last possible moment and everything that I do is essential to me getting to work on time (of course you will notice this means I pre-grind my coffee the night before… strike 2?).
The other day when I was driving to work and sipping on my automatic brew, a thought occurred to me. I have never actually directly compared a manually brewed cup of coffee to an autobrew.
Why not see exactly what I am actually missing out on?