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The Cafe

A place to sit down, relax, and talk to the finicky barista, while he obsess over water temperature and grind size.

Brew of the day — Hario Switch

  • 14 grams of coffee

  • 260 grams of water

  • If Grinder is the Encore

    • Grinder at 7 clicks

  • If Grinder is the Comandante

    • Grinder at 22 clicks

  • stir

  • steep for 2m

  • break crust — wait 30 secs

  • draw

Experimenting — The Aeropress

  • 17g beans

  • 250g water

  • 1.5~2m infusion time

  • 22 clicks on the comandante

The Barista Files

June 2021

June 18th, 2021

  • Shame on me, surviving on nespresso pods

May 2021

May 11th, 2021

  • I have been drinking a single cup of coffee per day for the last 15 days. I expected it to be more challenging, but it's not been that bad.

April 2021

April 14th, 2021

April 12th, 2021

  • Moving to 14 grams of coffee for 260 grams with the Hario Switch. It's been working better.

April 1st, 2021

  • And suddenly, I'm in a forest of unfinished coffee cups.

March 2021

March 25th, 2021

  • I have been having the urge to find a better espresso machine. I know this isn't something I want to seriously pursue, but I would love to have very good espresso at home. Sadly it's a hard thing to purse. My current idea is to pair a Comandante Grinder with an Aram. Still not ready to pull the plug on it.

    • April 6th, 2021 — Got my Comandante.

    • April 12th, 2021 — Will order an Aram soon.

March 15th, 2021

  • I found some amazing aged beans. They are the glory of this broken day.

February 2021

February 28th, 2021

  • I see old beans. Old beans everywhere.

February 25th, 2021

  • I admit I tried some instant coffee again after a decade. It feels nostalgic, but it's also not coffee.

  • I'have been through a stump on my coffee business. I have been too lazy to conjure a nice cuppa, so been drinking capsule espresso mostly. Not good, but not too terrible.

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