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Monday, March 26, 2012

The most useful Aeropress video on YouTube

(note: I just found this unposted post from a year and a half ago. I quite like it. Also, this blog has 96 followers. In the past few years Apple have removed RSS feeds from Mail, and Google have discontinued Google Reader. These were the two tools I used to keep up with blogs, back when I used to keep up with blogs. My question to you is: in 2013, how do you know when there's a new post on a blog? RIP, RSS. Anyway, here's an old post.)

Firstly, I know it's been a long time since my last post. Slightly over a year. In that time there's been a Spring, people Occupied things, we lost Nate Dogg, we sort of regained 2Pac, and my domain name expired. I also tried to move all these posts to my website (my fourth attempt) and that went pretty well, until I realised that none of the embedded YouTube clips survived the journey. With the number of posts I've written that consist only of the phrase "Check this out" followed by a video, losing all the videos made my blog look – let's face it – a bit shit. So my coffee blog is going to stay right here at Blogger.

Secondly, what the hell have they done to Blogger's post editor? Bear in mind I haven't been here in over a year, and the new editor may be old news by now. I'm not yet used to it or sure if it's an improvement, but I still welcome the change. My frustration with the old editor is what drove me to attempt to move all 1600 posts to Wordpress.
Three times.

Thirdly, the video.

There are far too many boring long-winded coffee method videos* on YouTube. The viewer has to endure minutes upon minutes of unedited shaky camera showing every step of the process in mind-numbing detail. You need a lot of spare time and a lot of patience to watch one of these videos in its entirety, let alone seventeen of them. James Hoffman's video is the complete opposite.

 He only tells you what you need to know to get the job done. I'm going to dissect this even further:
  • All the ingredients are ready. This saves us about seven minutes of screentime right off the bat.
  • You shouldn't have to watch someone grind 15g of coffee to know that it's 15g of coffee.
  • The water in the video is "just off the boil". Those four words tell you all you need to know. No need to spend thirty seconds watching a closeup of a thermometer.
  • "About 200ml".
  • "about a minute". You can use a timer, but you don't have to.
  • There is a relationship between steeping time and grind. You can spend hours experimenting with that if you like.
* And it's not just coffee videos. Most instructional videos on YouTube could do with an edit. I learned this from Will's flawless impersonation of all the longwinded Sketchup tutorials he's been sifting through.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Latte, Market Lane, Broadsheet, MFWF

The last cup
Another photo, also called IMG_1276.JPG

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Flat White, Proud Mary, Broadsheet, MFWF

See below for extremely long caption.
From left to right:
1. Pain au chocolat. Or "chocolate croissant" if you don't know how to pronounce "au".
2. There was a guy walking around dishing out free tastes of the pourover. This was Colombian Something.
3. Well, I didn't get one of the blue cups. I ordered a flat white "to have here", I thought that would do it, but I guess not. Who do you have to root to get your coffee served in a blue cup?

Having said that, Proud Mary have been my favourite. It may be a little premature to say that now, on the second-to-last day of MFWF, but hey, for Market Lane to take out pole position tomorrow they would have to have Creedence playing live.

So, I should really go to Proud Mary more often. Why did I stop going there? Oh, right. I think I remember now. The funniest complaint I've ever said to a waiter was at Proud Mary.

"Excuse me, I think this record is playing at the wrong speed."

It was Lullaby by The Cure. If you've heard that song even once in your life, you'd be able to tell straight away if it's not at the right speed. So if this guy's never heard Lullaby before, why is he putting it on?

But that's not a good enough reason to not go to Proud Mary. It must be the location. If I'm driving, it can be a nightmare to park near. If I'm walking or biking, it's at the bottom of a pretty nasty hill. What can I say. I'm not into hills.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Latte, Dead Man Espresso, Broadsheet, MFWF

A cup of coffee.

Oh. That's right. I forgot I never posted the rest of these. Sorry for the dramatic three month pause. Dead Man were great. I guess. It was three months ago, I have no idea. But I went there on Sunday too.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Latte, Proud Mary, Broadsheet, MFWF

Day eight. We're coming towards the end of the MFWF season, but this is Proud Mary's first day on. They've more than made up for their tardiness though. They really went to town (literally) in making Broadsheet look like their own while they're here.

Creedence just sounds better through grille-less three-way woodgrain speakers.
Old speakers, a cold drip setup in the middle of the table, and my favourite part: those distinctive blue cups. To top it all off, they were listening to Creedence. Perfect. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to stick around and enjoy it. I'll have to leave that until Sunday.

That's pretty full.
Tomorrow: Dead Man are back. And this time I'll actually be there.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Latte, Five Senses, Broadsheet, MFWF

Five Senses. Round two.

Looks like I stole Brian's coffee again.
I'd write more, but I'm writing this the next day, and if I don't hurry up I won't have time to visit Broadsheet again.