National Coffee Month (2017)

National Coffee Month (2017)

Well it’s another year to celebrate our favorite drink. For the last couple of years the only thing I’ve been drinking is coffee and plain ol’ water. The diabetes made sure that I gave up soda pop and other sugary drinks for good. That’s when I turned to coffee and went really all in with it.

In the last year I’ve added some new equipment to my coffee arsenal. I’ve pretty much switched away from using a French Press to using a V60 Hario pour over at work and using the Chemex pour over at home. I’ve found that I actually prefer these methods over the French Press because they use a paper filter. In my tastes I’ve found that the paper filter helps to cut off that edge of acidity and creates a more smooth tasting coffee that I had experienced before. Now I still like the French Press and still use it occasionally, but it’s not my go to method anymore.

I also still use my Expobar every single morning for espresso and I just love that thing. I did add an electric timer to it so that it turns on and off on a schedule I set so that when I get up in the morning the machine is already warmed up and ready for me to make an espresso without having to wait.

Recently I acquired an HG-One manual hand grinder for my espresso making needs. When I learned about this beautiful device I fell in love with it and wanted one. But at about $1,000 it was going to be an expensive thing to want. I was able to buy a used one for a bit less from a very good friend of mine who was no longer using it. he kept it in great condition and it works beautifully. I’ll be making a review of it soon to post here on my page.

The HG-One is a wonderful grinder and after getting it dialed in I get great espresso out of it in conjunction with good beans and the Expobar. I smile each time I pass by it in the kitchen.

Here’s to another great year of coffee!

French Press Kit For At Work

French Press Kit For At Work

Today I decided to put together a small kit of coffee gear to keep in my office at work. Since my taste buds seem to be changing more and more over time as it relates to coffee, I’ve found it necessary to prepare my own if I want to enjoy a cup while at work.

Previously when I was getting into this coffee thing a few years ago I found that I liked the coffee that franchise chain Tim Horton’s offered, both in their brew at the store and their whole bean bags I could buy and take home. It’s been quiet a while since I’ve had any of their coffee, probably since at least last winter.

Last week I I bought a medium black cup from them and began to sip on it. After about the second sip I couldn’t take it as the taste was just horrible to me. Horrible. I dumped the drink down the drain and finally committed to building my own brewing kit to keep at the office.

Fortunately I had everything I needed already at home on the shelf and in the cupboards. Here is what I am using:

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The nice thing for me is that I have my own office so I don’t need to keep the gear in the common area break room. Instead it will stay locked up in my office where no one should be messing with it.

Now I can enjoy proper and fresh coffee when I want it.

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