Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Oh, why hello there!

Fancy meeting you here! Haven't seen you in, lo...many months. Almost a year. Can't believe it's been so long.

You look great! Did you lose weight? Have a baby? Get married? Get divorced? Whatever it is, it suits you. about that local sports team? Oh. You hate sports. Ever since that tragic curling accident that cost you part of your pinky toe, you say? Gosh, that sounds painful. No...I had no idea that curling was such a dangerous hobby. Well. This is awkward.

Hey! Let's talk about something that almost everyone likes. FOOD! Here I am, just sipping my coffee and eating my banana bread breakfast at work, trying to think of something clever to say about the subject of food. Such a universal in Western diets. And yet, there is so much variety in the way it's prepared. Some of that is due to unique tastes and sensibilities. However, most coffee experts (a.k.a. "glorified baristas") agree that there are methods for producing the best cup o' joe possible.

The french press is usually considered the best instrument for efficiently making excellent coffee. Like many misunderstood geniuses, the french press is underappreciated and underused, particularly in the U.S. However, as a convert from drip to press coffee myself, I can attest that people can change their deeply-entrenched coffee habits. And I would suggest it. The french press is easy, inexpensive, and creates a more rich and balanced coffee.

For those of you interested in elevating your coffee street-cred, here is a nifty little instructional video from the folks at Ritual Coffee Roasters in San Francisco on how to make a proper pot of french press coffee.

So, you see, there is a proper way to make a cup of coffee. Go forth, and spread the word!