Ten Clever (and Slightly Badass) Ways to Make Better Coffee ~ BitterSweetLife

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Ten Clever (and Slightly Badass) Ways to Make Better Coffee

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8 comments:

Ruth said...

I see you are reading bird by bird. What a great book. I was excited to find out one of my profs has it on the reading list for the semester. I had read most of it before, but it is so good I could read it multiple times and enjoy it freshly each time. What do you think so far?

littlepeace said...

Amazing. The coffee-making person in my house does almost all of those things, yet the coffee that comes out still tastes ... well, either weak and bitter or way too strong and bitter.

must_decrease said...

"And the award for the first blog to use both Badass and coffee in the same post goes to..." ;)

Good advice, yet why not add start drinking it black or at least with as little taste modifiers as possible?

Ariel said...

I see you are reading bird by bird. What a great book.

So far I really like it. Lamott has a great voice and a memorable way of putting things. I'm looking forward to getting past the first chapter. :)

The coffee-making person in my house does almost all of those things, yet the coffee that comes out still tastes ... well, either weak and bitter or way too strong and bitter.

Hmmm... has got to be a problem with the process somewhere...weak/bitter coffee doesn't attack without provocation. Maybe you should take a turn as the "coffee-making person."

Good advice, yet why not add start drinking it black or at least with as little taste modifiers as possible?

Good thought. That could be tip # 11. It's hard to taste the coffee if you use a lot of sugar or flavored creamers. Although if you're drinking Folgers, the more taste modifiers the better!

Ariel said...

"And the award for the first blog to use both Badass and coffee in the same post goes to..."

I figured I had to grab that distinction before someone else did.

I thought of a couple more tips that could have made the list:

>> Store your beans in an airtight container out of direct light--and at room temperature, for immediate use. The frig/freezer is OK for longer term storage.

>> Don't grind beans when they're too fresh. Sounds a little counter-intuitive...but beans make the best coffee 1-3 weeks after they've been roasted. Definitely not the months-old stuff you'll find at the grocery store, but not "hot out of the roaster" either. Again, you'll have to look elsewhere for the scientific explanation.

joggingfool said...

Arie,

It is now 12:43 a.m. in Warrensburg, MO and I have 11 more pages of reading and 3 more pages of writing to do.... and I will be done with all of my homework for my Ortho Assessment Upper Extremity class (by all, I mean for the whole semester).

I am grinding/pressing/drinking this next cup of coffee in honor of you (it's the least I could do, after that drawn out fiasco with the 'Opals' all those years back).

thank you for the insight,

Jonathan Starcke

Tim said...

Quality writing and investigative reporting at its finest. Believe it or not I don't actually have a Burr Grinder (I plan remedy this catastrophic oversight soon)...

Ariel said...

I am grinding/pressing/drinking this next cup of coffee in honor of you (it's the least I could do, after that drawn out fiasco with the 'Opals' all those years back).

Thanks, man. And may your coffee treat you well. Back in the day of the "trouble student" Sunday school class, I never imagined that my boys would come back to thank me over a cup of coffee. Feels good. ;)

Believe it or not I don't actually have a Burr Grinder (I plan remedy this catastrophic oversight soon)...

Cool beans. (I had to say that at some point.) If this post had an effect of that magnitude, it was well worth it. Let me know what grinder you end up buying. The KitchenAid is a pretty nice one.

 

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