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Ah, coffee. I love coffee. I like a dark roast and I take it black without sugar. Possibly my favorite cup of coffee is a double cafe americano. For those of you who don't know what that is, it's a double (or triple) espresso in a regular cup, topped up with steaming hot water. You get all the flavor of espresso in a cup of coffee that lasts more than five minutes. If you really like the flavor and aroma of coffee and haven't tried cafe americano, try it, you'll like it.
My town is blessed with some great coffee shops. We have the obligatory chains -- Second Cup, Starbucks, Timothy's -- and some excellent independents. Many of them can make a decent cup of coffee, whether it's their daily dark roast or a cafe americano, but there are some notable exceptions.
Tim Horton's (Tim's or Timmy's as we call it) is one. Despite what so many say to the contrary, I think they make a truly terrible cup of coffee. Some people actually give Tim's coffee as a Christmas gift. Can you believe that? That's like leaving a waiter a few loose coins as a tip. Not only did you not forget, you disliked the waiter so much you went out of your way to let him know.
But I digress, I didn't intend to rant about Timmy's. Since so many coffee shops can make a decent cup of coffee why can't I make one at home? I'm not completely inept in the kitchen. I can make a decent pasta (with sauce made from scratch), a nice apple pie with home made pastry, and a good cup of tea, to name just a few of my culinary talents. But when it comes to coffee, I'm all thumbs. I've tried drip coffee makers with different filters and different grinds, Bodums, Italian Mokas, percolators, you name it but nothing comes close to a Starbucks' americano or a Continental Dark from Second Cup.
So, help me out here. Short of buying a $900 espresso machine, what's your secret for great coffee brewed at home?