Dear Debby,  How do you make a good cup of coffee? I woke up at 4 am send help


   Dear I woke up at 4 am send help,

     That is a million-dollar question. Really. For me, the best cup of coffee has so much sugar in it that coffee gatekeepers are currently yelling at me that it isn’t coffee and trying to break down my door. (Seriously, please send help) It’s different for everyone. I’m more of a tea drinker myself but, I’ll give you the best I can.

     The first thing you should do is figure out what you want out of your coffee. Are you drinking it for the caffeine hit, the taste, both? There are many different types of coffee roasts and lots of different ways to drink coffee.  As a tea drinker, I had no idea there was all this variation.
  If you are looking for a stronger coffee with lots of caffeine, I would recommend Black coffee, Doppio or if you really need a kick: a red-eye.  If you are like me and prefer to drink sweet coffee for the taste I’ll share my favourites. My go-to orders (because at home I make black coffee and then load it with milk and sugar) are lattes, cappuccinos, mochas and,  macchiatos. However, if you are looking for a treat, I recommend Affogato or Irish coffee (make sure you are old enough though!)

    If you are still confused about the different types of coffee, I found this chart and more on
    Once you have decided on a type of coffee we return to the original question. How do you make it?  I know plenty of coffee drinkers and many swear by the way they make it but they can all agree on two things: the fresher the better and instant coffee is trash. 
    I happen to own a French press that I use for tea (I did use it for coffee in my research for this post.) French presses are easy to use, popular and cheap.   Here is how to use it.

You will need:

  • Kettle
  • Coffee grounds
  • Spoon
  • French Press
  • Milk and Sugar (optional)


  1. Boil water in your kettle. I’m not getting more detailed than that, you should know how to use your kettle.
  2. Put a spoonful of coffee grounds into the bottom of the french press.  Go for about 10-15mL.  It’s not that important.
  3. Pour the hot (not boiling) water into the french press.
  4. Wait about 30 seconds then stir, don’t press yet.
  5. Put the lid on the press but do not press
  6. Let steep for between 2-3 minutes 
  7. Now you may press.
  8. Pour the coffee into your cup and add all the milk and sugar you want. It’s still coffee, no matter what those gatekeepers say.