Coffee, Y'all!

I HAD AN ENTIRE POST WRITTEN AND DID SOMETHING STUPID AND IT WENT AWAY! So, here is me trying to be clever late at night and re-create it.

Basically, I was telling y'all that the month of March is always FULL. I hate using the word busy, cause let's be real... everyone is busy. My month actually involves travel and going places and Saturday's with stuff going on. FULL. I have a big ol' conference for work next week followed by a a wedding in California + a VERY mini vacay. Before that I have another Maker's Market!!!

So, I started this month with a coffee making class... cause that's the only way I would be able to get through. My friend Wallis Watkins came over and taught me and some friends how to brew the perfect pour over! I'm gonna walk y'all through some of the equipment you need for the best cup of pour over at home! The best part, many of these items serve many uses in the kitchen!

First, a scale! I love my digital kitchen scale. You will want it to have a tare feature... and this is a fixture for baking as well!

Grinder!! A burr grinder is really the only way to go. I love bodum products, but you can always shop your local Home Goods or kitchen shop for a great option!

Once you have measured the beans and they are the correct size, you will want to heat the water. This is the kettle I have and it's GREAT! And again, it's a super functional kitchen item. Do yourself a favor and burn through $23 for a good kettle.

Now as far as the actual pour over cone, you can go fancy or not! And I put mine right over the coffee mug... no crazy extra equipment needed. 

Finally, a goose neck kettle. This is KEY because you want thin, even water distribution for the best brew. 

Some of these things you might already have, some might be new to you. Either way, you can spend as much or as little as you would like AND in most cases a full set up will cost less than a quality coffee pot!

Google to find the right proportions and note timing and water temperature do make a difference... but the perfect pour over can happen at home. And it should. Now, I'm gonna go brew another myself and tackle my growing March to do list.

NOLA {the self defined New Year's Resolution}

I live all of 75ish miles from New Orleans. New Orleans is home to my go to airport, which puts me here at least once a month BUT I never actually make it into the city. Ever. My how THAT has changed in the past few months. It started with the Joy the Baker class... have I mentioned that I took a pie making class with Joy Wilson? No? Yes? Ok, I'll stop.

ANYWAY. Since that class I've come to NOLA 4x NOT including an airport trip. That's four times in ONE month. I'm LOVING me some NOLA these days. The initial driver in these excursions was an annual pass to the Audubon Zoo and Aquarium which makes for a fun daylong distraction with my toddler. Along the way, though, I have discovered some really great food and coffee in this fair town. (yes, I'm in NOLA as we speak) So, I am going to go ahead and declare a retro-fitted New Year's Resolution to go to New Orleans more often and to try one new thing each trip! Look at me keeping my resolutions so well!!

But on to the important part. Coffee. We all know that New Orleans is a foodie place to be, but because my trips used to be so infrequent I always ended up back at the same "usual" spots. In the past few trips that has changed, and it's been AWESOME. So, if you are looking for some places to explore around the city here is my short-ish first installment of things to enjoy in NOLA focusing on: Coffee!!!

Cherry Espresso. This place gets top billing for a few reasons, mostly cause I'm sitting here RIGHT NOW AS WE SPEAK (type). This place is a great work spot/neighborhood coffee shop/they have bagels. It's slightly larger than the other coffee shops I'll mention which means there is almost ALWAYS a spot to sit and enjoy your coffee. Bonus: they have outside space AND there is playground across the street. I'm honestly sad it took me so long to discover this place. Location: Uptown

 

Mammoth Espresso. This place is a fav for many reasons, one of which is that it draws a direct connection back to DC. One of the managers at Mammoth used to work at The Coffee Bar in DC and is friends with a lot of my old friends... so it's a cappuccino by association! This space is a bit smaller and far more of a "stop in on the way somewhere" coffee shop. Location: CBD

 

Spitfire Coffee. This place has one of the best cortados I have ever had. And I can be SUPER picky about my cortados. This place is TINY (and barely stroller friendly). It's the perfect cure for all of the chicory coffee that is rampant around the area. BTW, it's so small that I feel weird stopping to take a picture of my coffee. So you will just have to use your imagination and guess what the coffee looks like. Location: French Quarter

Solo. Ok, I'll be honest. The first time I went here I walked in and ordered my capp, and it was AMAZING; BUT I definitely felt NOT cool enough to be in there. Like felt SUPER out of place. It was like accidentally showing up to the senior class party as a freshman... Like cool stylish older kids with edgy hair all hanging out together and I walk in wearing a sweater vest (not ironically) with a French braid sort of not cool. BUT THE COFFEE WAS SO GOOD. Go, try it. You're probably cooler than me so it'll be just fine. Location: Bywater

 

Do you like to travel? Do you use coffee as your guide in new cities? Do you live in or near a city worth exploring more? Or maybe you've found a good, retro-fitting New Year's Resolution to continue to pursue? Tell me how you explore and what you're up to in 2017!