Why is breakfast so full of choices? The time when you’re least happy making your brain work and you have a world of options in front of you. To help, we’ve broken it down into an easy breakfast equation so you can find out what your perfect breakfast combo is and save the brainpower for eating!
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When we were working out this perfect breakfast equation, Mrs Romance and I decided to break it down into the 2 most important elements: toast and coffee. From there, you can build food empires!
We’ve even made a video of Mrs R’s perfect breakfast equation – check it out below.
Of course, we know breakfast’s more complex than simply coffee and toast. But you’ve got to start somewhere.
And it always begins as coffee and toast.
Coffee in Australia is really at a peak now. Some cafés look more like science labs, with Bunsen burners and conical flasks everywhere. The idea of ‘craft coffee’ is also taking off, and we’re learning that there are many ways to make the best of your brew.
Since we moved away from our beloved Surry Hills – a real Sydney coffee heartland – we’ve had to really hunt for places that do a great cup of Joe. We’ve also been exploring different ways to make coffee at home.
One of the more complicated artesian coffee brewing methods is called siphon coffee making. It usually involves an open flame, special beakers and a craft barista’s knowledge to pull this style off properly.
However, we’ve found KitchenAid’s new Siphon Coffee Brewer automates the whole process, and has a magnetic locking seal to secure the moving parts and create a vacuum. So there’s no risk of me setting fire to the kitchen or Mrs Romance getting bored waiting for a Bunsen burner to heat the water.
Plus it’s a great looking bit of kit – something we’ve both always loved about this brand.
You get a much cleaner, brighter flavour from your coffee with the siphon technique. And although it’s much lighter than anything an espresso or even a French press machine produces, this style is still packed with flavour.
And as you’re not really supposed to drink it with milk, this coffee style’s perfect if you have issues with dairy.
We also love French press coffee. Its flavour’s usually stronger than siphoned coffee but not as strong as an espresso. My only reservation in the past has been how much coffee I’m supposed to use.
The boffins at KitchenAid have worked that one out too though, and have added a scale to their Precision Press Coffee Brewer. You weigh the coffee in the pot then weigh the water and leave it to steep. And if you’re not sure how long to leave it, there’s also a timer in the unit. Genius!
And if you really want to fine tune the coffee part of your breakfast equation, you need one of these bad boys!
The Burr Grinder is also another KitchenAid work of art. You can grind your coffee beans fresh to the size you want – the way they do in your favourite café.
I’m totally geeking out over this grinder, which Mrs R doesn’t mind for once – thank goodness it’s pretty! The Burr is preset with 15 different grind levels, and you can create custom grind sizes yourself too.
And this can all have an enormous effect on the final result of your breakfast equation.
As you can see from our short video, Mrs Romance’s perfect breakfast equation is 3 + 2 and then avocado on her toast.
Watch Mrs Romance’s perfect breakfast equation in the video below.
That works for me too, but I prefer darker toast with either peanut butter or Vegemite (I know, I’ve really turned full Aussie now!). I also love a level 3 coffee, which is from the Siphon, but if I’m in a hurry, I’m very happy to grab an espresso.
So I guess my breakfast equation would be 3 + 1 (I oddly quite like very very dark toast). Or 1 + 1 if I’m in a hurry!
But for me there’s nothing better than a cup or 2 from the Siphon to start the weekend, and we love using the Siphon at dinner parties too.
By the way, you might have noticed we used square sandwich bread for our toast in the video. Our KitchenAid toaster can also fit artisan breads such as sourdough and ciabiatta perfectly as it has extra large and long slots. Just sayin’!
The KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Brewer, Precision Press and Burr Grinder, and the KitchenAid 2-Slice Long Slot Toaster are all available here from KitchenAid.com.au, or you can use #KitchenAidCraftCoffee to search on social media.
What does breakfast look like at your place? And what’s your perfect breakfast equation? Tell us in the comments!