First Real Post

So. today I start this weblog. I’ve not been one for writing thoughts down, maybe because I’m too damn lazy, or the voice in the back of my head keeps telling me that no one wants to read my rants ramblings, but dammit – I’m going to start writing. I’ve been toying around with several ideas, none of which have come to fruition. I don’t know if it’s a lack of time, my own introversion, a lack of drive, or too much currently on my plate. For now, I’ll start small and chat about my favorite morning drink: Coffee.

The Setup:

  • AeroPress: a single-serving coffee maker that works in about 90 seconds. I tend to drink entirely too much coffee if I don’t force myself to go through some effort. I’m pretty happy with this gadget.
  • Coffee: I’ll be honest. Tonx coffee is expensive.  I’m on the Half-sack every 2 weeks @ $24 a month. If you’ve got a decent coffee house where you live, I’d check with them first. Unfortunately, I’ve not found a coffee roaster here in town that I like… So I’m with Tonx. The other cool thing about Tonx is the variety that you get.
  • Grinder: I used to have a Black & Decker burr grinder, and it worked fairly well. Unfortunately it had a tendency to overheat when I made my cold-brews. That overheating totally changes the flavor profile, so I saved up for the Vario-W. I’ve had it three months now, and I absolutely love it.
  • Kettle: She Who Must Be Obeyed and I have an old Hamilton Beach 2.5 litre electric kettle, I’d like to get a .5 or a 1.0 litre kettle for the office, but I haven’t found anything I like (yet). If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know! Until then, I use a co-worker’s Keurig
  • Mug: If you get nothing else out of this post, do yourself a favor and get one of these mugs. I’m serious.The double-walled insulated mug is simply astounding. Porcelain and stainless steel are huge heat sinks, but I’ve never had any heat transfer using these glass travel mugs.
  • Spices: I occasionally add some coriander or cinnamon to the AeroPress. But depending on the beans, I usually go without any spices.

The Brew:

  • Start the kettle. I usually go for just under a boil when using the electric kettle; if I’m using the co-worker’s Keurig, I use the lowest temperature available (181ºF if I’m not mistaken).
  • 7-10 grams of coffee grounds are placed in the AeroPress. I typically use the inverted method since gravity kicks in once the water is poured in (go figure). At this point, any spices I want to add are also placed in.
  • By the time I’m finished setting up the AeroPress, the water is ready. I fill the AeroPress to the top (slowly, the crema can bubble over if you pour too fast). This is ~8oz of water.
  • Stir the mixture for ~5 seconds.
  • let it rest for another 25 seconds
  • While the coffee is resting, moisten the filter on the AeroPress, and get it ready to connect to the rest of the AeroPress.
  • By now the coffee is ready for a second stir. do that, connect the filter to the rest of the AeroPress, and wait 30 seconds.
  • Once the filter is connected, place the opening of your mug on top of the fully assembled AeroPress, and invert the whole apparatus.
  • Now, slowly press down on the plunger with even pressure, the whole event should take ~30 seconds.
  • Now’s the time to add your cream and/or sugar (travesty!)
  • Enjoy the caffiene!

Now, this setup should take about 90 seconds, and it has produced a consistently good brew. Needless to say, I’ve been quite pleased.

Thoughts? Comments? Drop me a line!