Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Coffee Coffee Coffee!

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Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee!
Oh! Before we go anywhere, video is near the bottom!

So during my recent sabbatical, I discovered an undeniable love for coffee. One of my favorite types of coffee for some time was the Vietnamese drip coffee - some have told to me is a French style drip espresso of old? *shrugs* either way... it's awesome.

What I've discovered is that if utilized correctly, this low tech, high concept stainless steel tool, costing a humble $5.00USD (or less) delivers some of the best tasting coffee I've ever had.

Now, while I'm not coffee expert, I can only draw from my engineering background that by the grinds (in a sense) stewing while dripping, you get an effect similar to French press. During the brewing process, an obvious layer of oils are drawn to the top of the extraction as the coffee begins to drip towards the receptacle (most commonly a whiskey glass).

The result? Well, in my humble opinion, I find that much of the "bitterness" that you don't want from coffee is most elegantly removed. The "bad type" of acidity that tends to some how accentuate the bitterness-related and certainly unwanted flavors are also gone. What is, however, preserved is a wonderfully deep and full bodied coffee; a true representation of both bouquet and spirit, from beans to drink. Additionally, many of the notes, flutters, accents, and details of the coffee are very much present. I've tried this with Ethiopian, Kenyan, and French roasts - so far, I actually like the Ethiopian the best despite this type of coffee style is being traditionally made with French roast. But, meh... I've never been that much on tradition, per se.

If you want to get technical, you can transfer the extraction to a serving mug to eliminate any grinds that may have snuck by, give it some hot water to boost the temperature in a bit of an Americano handle... then it's up to you if you should wish for cream and sugar.

Enough talk... it's VIDEO TIME!

Taste, as many things of the aesthetic world are, is truly judged in the experience of the beholder. If you love coffee, I highly encourage you to give this a try. Master the technique, and, the experience promises to be truly amazing.

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