My dad is probably most responsible for my love of coffee. I still remember all of the times I’d be climbing over him as a kid and he’d raise his voice to say: “Careful! I’ve got hot coffee.” And he did. You could almost always find my dad with a mug full of hot coffee.
As the years went by however, I started to develop my own love for coffee…and eventual snobbery. I realized that for somebody who loved coffee as much as my dad did, the coffee he drank really wasn’t that good.
It wasn’t so much the beans he was using, but actually the way he was preparing a pot or cup of coffee.
With Father’s Day just a few days away, I thought it would be fun to write a post on the 5 things I’d do for my dad to improve his coffee (based off of his own coffee making imperfections). While he may never heed my advice or use the tools I encourage him to use, at least I can say that I tried!
1. Stop leaving your pre-ground coffee in an open bowl, Pops!
My dad (as well as everyone else) likes convenience. Hey, I get it. This is why he grinds his beans in bulk and leaves them by the coffeemaker so he can quickly brew a fresh pot when he needs to.
What drives me nuts though, is how he leaves the coffee he grinds in a kitchen bowl…exposing it all to air and light, two elements that completely ruin coffee’s freshness.
What’s ironic about this habit is that my dad grinds the coffee himself for more freshness…yet by leaving his ground coffee out for more than 15 minutes he is completely defeating the purpose of grinding it himself in the first place.
So this is what I’d do for my dad:
If he insisted on sticking to this terrible habit, I’d buy him an airtight container to keep his ground coffee in. The Airscape is the one that I use, and at the very least his coffee wouldn’t stale as quickly.
What I think would benefit him even more though, is a grind and brew coffee maker like the Breville YouBrew. This would allow him to easily grind his coffee right before brew time.
2. Ditch the blade grinder please
While I can’t say I’ve tested the difference in taste between a blade grinder and burr grinder, almost every coffee expert agrees that burr grinders make better tasting coffee.
What I do know for sure is that the blade grinder has a very difficult time creating different grind fineness, and doing a consistent job of it.
So when my poor dad wants to make an espresso, he can’t get good results with his blade grinder. The grind is too inconsistent. Same thing goes for his auto drip and french press. It’s very difficult to control for grind size when you aren’t using a burr grinder.
If I were to get my dad any burr grinder, it would be the Baratza Encore. Incredibly easy to use with great results.
I know all lazy grinders would fall in love with this one.
3. Paper filters please
This may be a controversial one, but I’d really like my dad to start using paper filters in his coffeemaker. He uses a permanent gold tone filter.
I don’t have any problem with this kind of filter when it comes to taste, but when it comes to cholesterol I have problems with it. My dad has high cholesterol, and gold tone filters don’t do a very good job at filtering out coffee oils that contribute to higher cholesterol. I think paper filters could be beneficial to my dad for this reason.
4. Cut out the bulk purchases
My dad buys several pounds of coffee at a time. I know he drinks a lot of it, but there is no way he drinks it at a rate where he can finish those 2 pounds within 2 weeks. If your coffee beans are 2 weeks past the roasting date, they are starting to get too old and therefore, not as tasty.
So dad, if you’re reading this, please buy one bag of coffee at a time!
5. No more freezer storage
My dad will sometimes store these extra bags of coffee in the freezer. Yikes. Totally faux pas!
The exposure to moisture will destroy your beans, so please stop doing this. Refer to the Airscape that I mentioned above, it will take care of all of your coffee storage needs. Promise.
How would you improve your dad’s coffee?
Now that I’ve shared my dad’s coffee making flaws, what are some of your dads’ coffee making mistakes? Please share in the comments below!
P.S. Happy Father’s Day, Pops! Hope you don’t take this personally…and thanks for helping me develop my love for coffee.