Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Coffee envy

One of my coworkers has some kind of portable espresso contraption of which I am extreemully jealous. I’m not sure what it is exactly or how it works, but it looked like a giant syringey thing. I wasn’t sure what he was doing, but as I walked by I saw the tell-tale espresso grounds in the trash and smelled the unmistakable aroma of fresh coffee. Meanwhile, I’m drinking lukewarm, stale coffee. I’m not complaining, I’m just saying, jealous.

8 comments:

Emma Sometimes said...

It sounds like a travel press, just a smaller version of a coffee press.

You pour your boiling water into the grounds. Wait 4 minutes for coarse grind (fine grind, go two minutes), stir, and plunge the screen down. This leaving you with the liquid goodness sans grounds. It has more cholesterol (the oils from the bean goes into the coffee, not the filter) but the taste is beyond fabulous. Drink within 10 minutes otherwise you will have coffee soup because it keeps 'brewing' even with it plunged.

OR...Next time you are at your local coffee house, you can usually just ask for french press. hmmmmmm.

You have now passed French Press 101.

JLR said...

It didn't look like that. It really looked like a giant's syringe. But I'm guessing it's just a cheaper version because it definitely involved plunging.

I admit I've never tried french press because I know that it's the bad for you coffee, but maybe next time I'm at a local coffee shop, I'll try it. But not at Starbucks.

Hi, I'm Rhonda. said...

Negative vibe on the Starbucks...?

RR said...

JLR thinks that Starbucks Coffee tastes like they used burnt newspaper instead of coffee grounds. :)

JLR said...

I do, indeed, rr! Don't get me wrong, when they doctor up their espresso with chocolate and milk and whipped cream, I very much love it. But their regular coffee? Pass. Also, I think that they and Bill Gates get together at night and do "the same thing we do every night, Pinky." (try to take over the world.) But that's just a minor complaint.

By the way, ems, do you know of a coffee chain that makes good french press? One that might have a branch here in Texas?

Oh, and rhonda, congrats again on your promotion!

Lia said...

Can't you just ask to borrow it or to be granted a cup of coffee? I'd say some things are worth a little self-debasement.

Hi, I'm Rhonda. said...

Thanks. ;-)

Emma Sometimes said...

I don't know of a good chain down that way. We have SO many independent coffee houses here. It rains 9 months out of the year....go figure.