Hey, hey! We're here today with a guest post from Jena Brown. Come on in and have a cuppa Joe with us as we explore the various ways to brew a delicious cup of the best hot beverage on Earth.
Is there anything better than curling up with a good book and a hot cup of coffee? It’s a combination that’s tough to beat. As any good coffee aficionado can tell you, this is a complex beverage, able to change its flavor depending on how it’s prepared and served. With a huge variety of flavors, beans, and brewing potential available, the possibilities for a unique cup of delicious java are infinite! Just like reading!
Having a box that automatically pairs a delicious blend of coffee with a different genre of fiction every month got me thinking. What would it be like to pair a brew method to that genre? I went through each Apostrophe Box to find out!
December: Science Fiction
Of all the ways to brew coffee, vacuum (or siphon) brewing screams Science Fiction. It literally uses vapor pressure and gravity to make coffee. Seriously, it’s like this method was made for the avid Sci-Fi reader.
Developed in the 1830s, this is an elaborate yet surprisingly easy method of brewing. The pot consists of two chambers, an upper and a lower. Grounds go in the top, water in the bottom. As the water heats, it is forced into the upper chamber via vapor pressure. Once the appropriate brew time has been reached, remove the heat and gravity forces the brewed mix through a filter into the lower chamber. VOILA! Coffee!
Don’t worry, you won’t need Breaking Bad level skills, or even have to pass basic chemistry, for this method! Even better, the equipment makes you feel as if you’re in a science lab instead of a kitchen. Bonus points for ambiance!
When I think of Horror, I think of an intense buildup with a shocking jolt at the end. Which immediately made me think: ESPRESSO!
Espresso is sharp, strong, and bold. It’s the coffee choice for people who know what they want. Something rich, complex, and full of flavor. It’s for people who relish anticipation, who know that all good things come to those who wait.
Good espresso takes a bit of time. You have to allow the machine to warm, allow the pressure to build. And just when you think you can’t take anymore, your patience is rewarded! Both give you a power punch ending: satisfying, delicious, and guaranteed to wake you up. Espresso is also perfect for Horror because we all know there’s no sleeping after that ending anyway, right?!
There’s something deeply satisfying about good Literary Fiction. These books take you on a journey into the human experience. This genre requires a brewing method that explores the depth of the bean. That draws out the richly complex flavors hidden deep within. And there’s only one method that does that: Cold Brew.
To get a perfect cold brew, you have to let the grounds steep with cold water for 12 hours or longer. It’s a gentle brew method. One that brings out all the natural oils in the bean. It’s less acidic than brewed coffee and tends to be crisper and sweeter in flavor.
I find that Literary Fiction is so much the same. It’s a longer, drawn out experience. One that draws out deep emotions and stays with me long after I close the cover. I can’t think of a more perfect pairing.
When I picture having coffee in a historical setting, for some reason I envision a French Press. It’s true that this is a somewhat new brewing method, only coming about in the early 1920s. But there’s something elegant and refined about brewing coffee with a French Press. It’s relatively easy, once you get the hang of it, yet it elicits full flavor from whatever bean you use, giving you the ability to enjoy a complex set of flavors.
Enjoying a good Historical Fiction novel isn’t about stepping into a certain time period. It’s about falling into that time completely. It doesn’t matter if it’s ancient Athens or the turbulent 60s. I just want to be swept away. The French Press diffuses the elements of the bean together, submersing them to give you an experience that is complex, lush, and expressive. Just like Historical Fiction.
Really, there’s no wrong way to enjoy your coffee. Most days I’d take it in an IV if it was offered. But it is fun learning about new ways to brew and trying them out! Do you have a favorite brewing method? Or one you’re dying to try? Comment below and tell us how you make your favorite cup!
Jena Brown is a writer, reader, and blogger. When she isn’t reading, she is reviewing books and writing her first novel. She believes that books are magic and dreams are meant to be pursued. Come talk books http://www.jenabrownwrites.com