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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:58 pm 
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Since quitting smoking, I no longer appreciate coffee. Kinda like fisting after Cindy left.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:29 pm 
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What follows is a short summary of my first experience with the french press:

Upon internet friend Alex's recommendation, I decided a few days ago to order coffee brewed in a french press. In addition to this recommendation, Alex provided me (via PM) with a helpful youtube tutorial that walks the viewer through brewing coffee in this manner.

After educating myself about this world, I made a plan to set out to a Houston neighborhood called The Heights, where you can find a coffee shop called Antidote. I chose this coffee shop primarily because it has great coffee and the equipment to brew with a french press, but I took a big risk knowing about their their shoddy wi-fi router. I needed to do actual work, so upon travelling across town, I equipped myself with nothing more than my laptop and my confidence. Still, big risk involved here.

Upon arrival at Antidote, I staked out a table in which to set my laptop up. I found one with enough real estate to accommodate the machine and the extra heft of the french press+cup, then I went to the counter to make my order. The barista was incredibly helpful in helping me pick out a blend to put inside the press, reminding me that each bean would taste as pure as nature intended when brewed dans le style presse française. I chose the Peruvian bean.

As soon as she put the grinds inside the press, I began timing the process. The aforementioned youtube tutorial told me to wait four minutes before pressing the grinds, so that's exactly what I intended to do. In that four minute gap, I paid, went to my table, started up my laptop, then tried to establish a connection with Antidote's unreliable wi-fi. No dice. I tried again and again, but there was absolutely no connection to be had. I couldn't afford to wait any longer, as my four-minute window had already closed to the tune of 16 seconds ago, so I thought I'd better plunge those grounds and FAST. Plunge I did, and as I plunged that simple machinery that didn't need any extra attention like a wi-fi router or a power cord in order to work, I quietly thought to myself that the Luddites had it right.

I never did establish a wi-fi connection at Antidote that day, but that turned out to be a happy accident. It's as if Antidote was beckoning me to unplug for a little while and enjoy her wonderful coffee and her amply shaded patio on a crisp, fall afternoon. It's a shame that I did have to do some work later that day, or else I would have stayed much longer.

Alex, thank you for all of your help.


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 Post subject: Re: The Coffee Appreciation Thread
PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:39 pm 
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you're welcome. i'm glad that i steered you toward a lovely experience with the press. is this beginning of a new phase in the reid/coffee relationship?

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It's highly possible. The only stumbling block I can see happening is the fact that only the elite coffee shops in town offer a french press. One is Antidote, which isn't far, but also isn't close enough to frequent daily, another is Black Hole, which I'm afraid to go back to, and the last one is Catalan, which is always too crowded.


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 Post subject: Re: The Coffee Appreciation Thread
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i saw one available for purchase at starbucks for $20. it's plastic, which might be helpful in preventing breakage.

also, can you tell me why you're afraid of black hole?

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i saw one available for purchase at starbucks for $20. it's plastic, which might be helpful in preventing breakage.

Wouldn't the plastic affect the taste?

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also, can you tell me why you're afraid of black hole?

I'd rather not get into that.


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Wouldn't the plastic affect the taste?

i guess, but i have slaughtered too many glass presses to trust myself with them anymore. if you can restrain the vigor of your grounds-emptying hand motions, then bully for you.

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I'd rather not get into that.

i rarely turn away opportunities to get into black hole.

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Is the french press your primary means of brewing coffee?


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 Post subject: Re: The Coffee Appreciation Thread
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no, i usually only use it on the weekends. who has that kind of time?

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When I think of french press, I often think of this IT guy that used to come to the lab that I made pick-ups for, and how the lab manager swooned over him and his "cute little nerdy coffee pot."


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 Post subject: Re: The Coffee Appreciation Thread
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do you think he plunged a little slower, knowing he was being admired?

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Oh, I don't think so. He was there to work.


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i would have totally hammed it up, maybe even sighed a bit as the plunger slid slowly down the cylinder, its pliant metal coils gently tickling the press walls

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we do french press most of the time


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 Post subject: Re: The Coffee Appreciation Thread
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who has that kind of ti...oh

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who has that kind of ti...oh


2 capfulls of jameson goes well in a pot too


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Doug RR wrote:
thodoks wrote:
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2 capfulls of jameson goes well in a pot too

how well would 2 capfulls of pot go with jameson?

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