God in the Cup by Michaele Weissman is a delightful and adventerous read

Anyone who has attended college in any capacity is well aware of the amazing recuperative properties of a good cup of coffee. After a late Wednesday night drinking and doing other questionable deeds at the nearby frat house you will find yourself hung over and struggling to get to the 9 a.m. exam. Without sounding like an infomercial for anyone particular brand of coffee you’ve probably brewed up a hot cup of caffeine gold and drank it down with little regard to the quality of this amazing substance. Sure enough, it provided you just enough kick to the privates to get you in gear and out the door for that class.

The older you get the higher your standards for coffee are, but using it as a magical metaphysical crutch remains the same and it gets you through the day. God in a Cup: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Cup of Coffee is one person’s quest to find that one amazing cup of coffee.

The author isn’t writing this book for people who drinks that insidious black sludge that you buy pre-ground at the grocery store. This book is about traveling the world and tasting amazing exotic beans from all across the globe and exploring different techniques used to extract that bitter delicious and caffeine infused flavor. Author Michaele Weissman infuses her colorful humor in telling her tale that saw her exploring some of the most exotic lands in the world and specifically covers the specialty coffee market in the U.S.

Weissman was a late bloomer when it came to finding her adventurous spirit but she couldn’t have picked a more interesting and relevant topic for American readers.

There are a number of great ways to brew coffee in this world as well as some of the more old fashioned kinds like a percolator or even your standard automatic coffee machine. Then there are some of the more advance and unusual techniques you can use to get that perfect cup.

One of the tastiest ways to brew your cup of coffee is using a vacuum pot. You’ll get a nice smooth taste and extract all of the essential coffee oils from the beans. Not only does it taste great but it is extremely interesting to watch in process. You’ll look like a mad scientist brewing coffee this way.

These pots can be a tad pricey but Yama makes a nice 8-cup unit that is affordable and can be purchased for around $50 or $60 depending on where you look. Compare this to other units like the Bodium Santos and you are paying around $80 for the unit. One of the best ways to find the best coffee maker is to read plenty of reviews first.

This method of brewing is tasty and is ideal for someone who doesn’t like the strong tastes of coffee. It removes a lot of the harsh and bitter flavor so if you are someone who requires a bit of sweetner to go along with your cup of Joe you may need to dial it back a little bit.