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.