I have your solution! Get yourself an AeroPress
. It’s what turned me on to coffee (no bitterness!), it can go anywhere from dead-ass simple to as complicated as you want it to be (if you fall down the rabbit hole, that is), and brewing with it is definitely a bit of a ritual in the morning. One of the (many!) things that won my wife over was watching me make coffee in the morning. She loved the ritual-like nature of it and how much I enjoyed doing it for her.
1. Grind beans and place in the press
2. Pour hot water over the beans, stir for 10 seconds
3. Press the brewed coffee through the filter into your mug.
Where the complication (if
you want that) comes into play is in the infinite number of variations on that procedure - grind size, brew time, water temp.
1. I’d recommend grinding beans fresh, as the AeroPress works best with a grind finer than pre-ground coffee. For me, grinding the beans is part of the morning ritual.
2. The recommended brewing temp with the AeroPress is no where near scalding. That would produce a bitter end result, but
brewing a big mug with an AeroPress is very much like making an Americano - one brews an initial concentrate in the press then tops off with hot water for a full mug. You can brew at the recommended temp then put the water back on the stove to hit that scalding temp you love to complete the coffee.
Truly, the AeroPress is the answer you’re looking for!