Warm the olive oil in a small skillet over low heat. Drop in the garlic cloves and simmer 5 minutes to flavor the olive oil, stirring occasionally so they don’t burn then remove from heat and discard the garlic..
Drain the chickpeas and remove the skins.
Add the chickpeas to the food processor along with the olive oil, cumin, salt and lemon juice.
Pulse until the check peas are coarsely chopped, then begin adding the water a little at a time, blending at full power.
When your hummus looks like this:
When the hummus reaches a creamy consistency, taste and adjust the salt and lemon juice according to your own preferences.