How to *make up* for the common room coffee you’re missing – OurWarwick

How to *make up* for the common room coffee you’re missing

Tanishk Saha | Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) Contact Tanishk

If you throw yourself back to November 2019, back when I started writing for the PPE student blog, the first thing I talked about was my earnest passion for the PPE Common Room. It was a great place to chill, sleep between classes, and work (yes, we did all of that in one room), but it meant something more to me. It was where I got my ENDLESS supply of coffee and the *extremely scarce* Galaxy hot chocolate ( I swear I didn’t hoard any at any point in time 🙂). 

At the time I waxed lyrical about this magical room, little did I know that I wouldn’t be seeing much of it after a few brief months. I’ve probably been to the common room a total of five times in this academic year; I used to go more times in A DAY, at one point. 

However, since I was lacking in my caffeine needs, I have felt the need to make up for it, at home. So, I’ve decided that I’m gonna let you in on how I make my coffee. Or rather, what tools I use to make my coffee the perfect coffee the first time. I understand that you’re probably about to begin your Easter break revision seshes over the next couple of weeks, so I’m just going to make this short and bittersweet (like a good espresso should be).

So, first things first: your coffee matters. If you’ve been looking for a sign to try out ground coffee/coffee beans after surviving on instant coffee, this is it. Try out the magic that is ground/ whole beans of coffee. Instant coffee will serve you the purpose of a caffeine boost, but getting a ground coffee system in place will make you look forward to the point where you get yourself a coffee. Wait no, I did that with instant coffee too… (Maybe I have an issue here oops) If you want some recommendations: if getting from Tesco, I get Taylors (great place to start). Currently, I’m trying out the house blend from Monmouth Coffee Company (on the pricier side), which works great as both an espresso and in milk-based drinks (this coffee packs a punch). Would recommend trying out any; just experiment to see what works for you. 

So, if you’ve decided to go down the ground coffee route, I can let you in on what I use. I use a Bialetti Moka Express, which is one of the most classic (and ADORABLE) little stovetop espresso machines (commonly called moka pots) around. It is pretty simple to use (it comes with instructions on how to get the best use out of it), and it yields a strong double-shot of espresso with every brew. I am in LOVE with it: I can’t begin to explain to you how important the routine of making my morning coffee has become for me. 

Finally, the most instrumental part of the process. Getting your milk to froth up, like it does when you order your cappuccino/latte at the café. The unsung hero of this show is the GODSEND that is a MILK FROTHER. Yes, such a thing does exist, and for cheap. I got mine as a gift; it is from Ikea, and you can get it for a pound on their website. A POUND. There’s more elaborate ones (with more abilities) that you can find online as well, but this is the most basic one out there on the market. So, what this milk frother will do is help you create that froth that you’re craving in your everyday coffee (because you haven’t been to a café in so long), in both hot or cold milk. For my coffee, I heat up my oat milk in the microwave, then stick the frother in and turn it UPPPP. Works like a charm, every time (as long as the batteries have juice in them). For this step, the oat milk you use can be very important; I use Oatly Barista Edition, it froths up wonderfully (both hot and cold). If you try this technique out and find some other milks it works well with, let me know!!

And that’s about it! Though you cannot really recreate the conversations you had with your friends at the common room in your kitchen (this is my PSA to not try to experiment with human cloning in your student accommodation kitchens), you can make yourself a damn good cup of coffee. And if that isn’t something, I don’t know what is. Plus, maybe you’d want to figure out a coffee date with your friends on Teams? You could have a coffee making competition and declare each other winners (or losers, depending on how competitive you get), or just chill; take your pick. 

Take care, stay safe, and take the time to smell the coffee :)))

Images sourced from NBC News, Amazon and Ikea.

Tanishk Saha | Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) Contact Tanishk

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