I’ve hated coffee for as long as I can remember, something to do with a run in with coffee ice cream in Ullapool when I was a kid. I’ve also never got on with hot drinks, I’ve tried in the past, but I just prefer cold drinks. I’m not sure why, but a few week before Christmas, I decided that I was going to get into coffee. Not your Nescafé, or Kenco freeze dried nonsense mind, but proper artisan coffee from places like Has Bean and Hot Numbers.

So for the weeks leading up to Christmas, I started pinching my wife’s coffee and trying to get used to it, I’ll be honest, it was a bit of a struggle. Things got a bit better when I started to follow the Has Bean French Press brew guide, with the coffee having more body and flavour. Things improved again when I started buying beans and grinding them up for use in the French press, there was no going back to pre-ground after that.

So I decided to splurge a bit of my Christmas money and bought an Aeropress and a Porlex hand grinder from Has Bean, mainly so I could take them to work and have something decent to drink. The machine at work with the little pouches of coffee is just dire, all the flavours taste the same, at least to me. I think I’ve used the French Press about once since Christmas, it just doesn’t get a look in any more, even at the weekends, the coffee from the Aeropress is just better and a lot easier to clean up after!

It struck me one morning though, as I was chomping on a slice of sourdough bread slathered in marmalade, that I could make most of my breakfast. I started making bread because I wanted to make sourdough. I can’t wait for the Seville oranges to appear this year so that I can make a couple of batches of marmalade, as I missed them last year. So in a similar fashion to wanting to make all of my burger stack for lunch, I have a new mission, to make all the bits of my breakfast. While I think roasting my own green coffee beans and churning my own butter can wait for a bit, sourdough and marmalade and firmly on the immediate hit list…

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