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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.

Rules

I don't dabble with espressos at home

If I need a quick caffeine fix, I use a nespresso machine and cry a bit inside

My main focus are single serving pour overs

Daily Driver

Use the 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

Experiments

The Aeropress

  • 17g beans

  • 250g water

  • 1.5~2m infusion time

  • 22 clicks on the comandante

The Barista Files

August 2022

August 21st, 2022

August 16th, 2022

  • After a long, long time, I made a pour over. It's so much better than any coffee I had in a long, long time.

December 2021

December 10th, 2021

  • Press button. Coffee.

October 2021

October 27th, 2021

  • Press a button. Get a somewhat almost-good coffee. Bliss.

October 26th, 2021

  • Need to do a coffee tampering.

October 18th, 2021

  • Even with coffee, less is more.

October 15th, 2021

  • OMG. First pour over in months. So good.

October 14th, 2021

  • Still looking for a personal barista.

October 4th, 2021

  • Trying to properly tune my ARAM. The coffee is glorious.

September 2021

September 30th, 2021

  • Nespresso'ed. Not ashamed.

September 26th, 2021

  • It's been so long since I brewed some pour over.

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 on a slump regarding coffee. To lazy to conjure a nice cuppa, so been drinking capsule espresso mostly. Not good, but not too terrible.

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