Saturday, April 20, 2013

Coffee Making

Making coffee is about the simplest thing in the world. I'm sure the early stages of growing and roasting the beans takes a lot of work, but here I'm talking about the last few steps of grinding the beans and pouring hot water over them. One thing I've discovered that this very simple act of pouring hot water over coffee: Some people can do it, and some can't. I'm among the latter. I'll watch the barista at the coffee shop make me a pour-over. It's so simple, he just grinds the beans, puts them in the filter, pours water over, and it tastes great. I buy the same coffee from him, go home and mimic his steps, and mine tastes like chemical burn. The only two variables I can see are the amount of coffee grounds I use and how hot the water is, but no matter how much I experiment it never works out. This has led me to the conclusion that coffee making is more sorcery than cooking, and that Mr. Coffee is some kind of voodoo toy that most mortals fail to understand.

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