November 8th, 2014

the doctor is in


I will write a thoughtful and interesting blog post again. This is not that day. Unexpectedly long, didn't get nearly as much work or personal stuff accomplished as I would have liked. Just one of those days. Not a. Bad day, mind you, just busy. I look forward to spending my Saturday not doing much of anything at all.

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Home caffeination

For many years, I have been without a means of making coffee at home. When I'm working, I pick up coffee on my way to work, and on weekends we eat breakfast out pretty often, and there's a cafe I really like across the street, and T doesn't drink the stuff, so it never seemed worth it. I used to have a four-cup coffee maker, but it was just taking up space, so we got rid of it long ago.

But now that I'm not going to a job every day, I've been thinking that it might be nice to have my own tools. And then I went to Hawaii, and there was no way I could get out of Hawaii without a bag or two of Kona coffee. I love the stuff -- it's so smooth, especially a nice dark roast. And this time I discovered Ka'u, another Big Island varietal that I really enjoyed. So I decided it was time. Last weekend, I picked up a small French press and a coffee grinder, and I used it for the first time on Wednesday, and again with our bacon and eggs today. It's described as "three cup", but that's in old-fashioned tea cup terms. It's actually 12 ounces, which is enough to fill one mug with a generous helping of milk (fortunately I like my coffee with milk). Which is fine, because I really shouldn't be having more than one cup a day anyway. Good stuff, easy to use, a lot easier to clean than fussing with paper filters. Thumbs up!

I doubt I'll use it every day -- I do enjoy a good latte, and the cafe across the street will sell me one for less than $2. But it's nice to have the option, and control over my own bean supply.

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