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December 12, 2002 Thursday

The Afternoon Coffee Ritual

3:30PM...outside in the frigid cold overlooking the ice skating rink. A time for smoke (definitely not for me) or coffee (spike that with an orange spirit) and small small steps nonetheless taking me closer to a destination...correction...there's no destination...only the journey...into the web of human connection.

3:40PM...time to go back into the grind

It's all about getting to know a person....10 minutes at a time.

--- TheLoneRider

Coffee Tips

  • if you're buying a coffee grinder, choose the burr-type instead of the blade type. The burr-type grinds coffee to a more consistent grade (a little pricey but worth it)
  • coffee goes stale fast. Store it in the freezer.
  • don't use boiling water to brew coffee. Wait a minute for the boiled water to cool a bit before pouring into the coffee grounds. Boiling water releases the bitter alkaloides in coffee.
  • have your coffee beans ground according to your brewing device. French Press, coarse. Drip coffee maker, fine. Espresso, very fine. Ibrik (Turkish way of brewing), pulverized
  • use cream (the one for making fruit salad) for coffee instead of milk or Coffeemate for superior taste and texture
  • ground coffee absorbs external odors - keep it insulated

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