In a birthday celebration post, the Barefoot Contessa’s husband, Jeffrey, shows us how to make a great cup of coffee.
Reviewed by Dietitian Jessica Ball, M.S., RD
Ever wondered how to make the perfect cup of coffee? Well, wonder no more! In a recent Instagram post, Ina Garten’s husband shows us how.
“People always ask me, does Jeffrey cook for me? And I say the same thing every time—he makes really good coffee,” Ina says in her typical glowing fashion.
Enter Chef Jeffrey, who playfully tells his wife to get out of the way as he begins the instruction, “First you pour the water—8 cups.”
As he proceeds to accidentally spill water on the counter—and makes note of it—he continues, “Then you get a half a cup of coffee.”
Ina interjects, “Good coffee.”
Jeffrey agrees while he dumps the coffee grinds into the coffee maker—with a filter, Ina adds. He then ends the instruction with, “You press the button and you’ve got it! … My work here is done!”
After the coffee is brewed, the couple enjoys a cup of it together. “That’s the best cup of coffee!” exclaims Ina.
“That’s great coffee!” laughingly agrees Jeffrey.
The lighthearted post is an endearing birthday wish to the Barefoot Contessa’s husband of 55 years.
But you don’t have to be a celebrity chef—or the spouse of one—to get a great cup of coffee. We’ve revealed the 9 rules to a great cup of coffee that anyone can use. And we’ve got you covered—from what beans to buy and how to keep them fresh to what water and filters to use and what temperature it should be brewed at. (Did you know that if the water is too hot it makes the coffee bitter?)
And as you can see in Ina’s post, you don’t need a super-fancy coffee maker to make a great cup of coffee. But good coffee does help—although we’ve got tricks to help make any cup of coffee taste better (and also up the nutrition in your cup!).
Is Coffee Healthy?
But is coffee even good for you? There is evidence that when consumed in moderation, coffee may help boost mood, help you poop, improve your thyroid function and reduce your risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. And, as with many other plant-based foods and beverages, coffee also provides antioxidants.
It’s important to note that “moderation” means up to 3 to 4 cups per day, depending on your personal caffeine tolerance. It’s also important to note that a cup literally means a measuring cup amount—not that large to-go cup you leave the house with or buy from your favorite coffeehouse.
As with anything, too much of a good thing is too much. Coffee can also lead to feelings of anxiety, may send your blood pressure soaring and is potentially linked to several pregnancy complications, like miscarriage, stillbirth and low birth weight.
Coffee can also block the absorption of iron, so if you take an iron supplement, don’t swill it down with your cup o’ joe. Ditto for thyroid medications. If you have GERD/acid reflux, coffee may make it worse, so pay attention to your symptoms.
The healthiest way to drink coffee is black. If you’re someone who likes coffee with added sugar and cream, you could ultimately be adding several hundred calories to your cup (1 cup of black coffee is just 2 calories). If black coffee is out of the question, try to gradually reduce the milk and sugar you add, or consider using a lightly sweetened nondairy milk, like almond or oat milk.
No matter how you like your coffee, enjoy it in moderation and know that you might even be gleaning some health benefits from it.
Read the original article on Eating Well.