Wednesday, December 09, 2015

On Wednesdays I Make Coffee

My friend John McGeen is the most determined and productive person I know. I'm updating this blog for the first time in almost 8 years because I see John working hard and documenting his life every day while sharing an office with him, posting on his blog, and am constantly impressed at how much he does and how hard he works. I actually challenged his determindedness (is that a word?) and he proved me wrong. Check out his blog to see examples of how hard he works every day. His blog is inspiring!

The reason I have some time on my hands today is that I decided last week that I should use some vacation days that I have accumulated at work. I haven't used a vacation day in months and today seemed like a good day to take off and be productive at home instead of at work.

I woke up a bit later than normal and, after eating an avocado, decided to make a cup of coffee. I do not own a coffee grinder, and only have whole bean coffee and a French Press. I suppose I could have chewed up a bunch of beans and mama birded them into the French Press, but why do something the easy way?

As I was finishing my avocado, I looked at the Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning grinder that I had just emptied on that very avocado and wondered if it would grind coffee beans. I mean, peppercorns are approximately the same toughness as coffee beans, right?

After washing and drying it, I gave it a go. Sure enough, it worked! It took almost five minutes to grind the amount of beans necessary for just one cup, but it definitely worked.

Reuse your old peppermills for a quick cup of Joe. This is probably great for brewing fresh coffee while camping.

The next step was just making sure I had the coffee grounds to water ratios correct. I never drink more than about 6 - 8 ounces of coffee in a day because I don't like the jitters. My friend Josh and I were just talking about how the cold sweat coffee jitters are one of the worst feelings in the world.

Once I had the correct ratios figured out, I took care of business. You'll also see my amazing very old countertops. See the pics below:

Grounds on grounds on grounds.

According to this chart, 2 tbsp of grounds to 3/4 cup water will do the trick.

False advertising: Blue Mountain Blend doesn't taste like mountain at all.

The electric tea kettle is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets.

French Press - check.

Grounds and water in, timer set for 5 minutes.

Pour it like ya mean it!

This satisfied customer is going to have a great day off. Cheers!

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