Hello, I am a coffee fanatic. In High School, I started my journey with gas station cappuccinos and sugary frappuccinos–this was because I wanted to look cool for my girlfriend, who is now my wife (it worked!). Anyway, in College, things began to change. I acquired a cheap, hand-me-down coffee maker from my Grandma with the sole purpose of making strong coffee to pull all-nighters for papers and exams. It did the job. But, after a few years of that, I went on a trip with some friends to Southeast Asia, where I worked on a coffee farm for one month of my summer vacation. It was then that I began to realize that coffee can be wonderful. It was then that I began to taste coffee, and not just consume it for its caffeine. Afterwards, I quickly graduated to brewing coffee with a French Press and have never looked back.
With that said, though, my coffee brewing, roasting experience, and cupping knowledge are limited, but I have come quite a long way in the last few years. As the About page recognizes, I am seeking to better my understanding of coffee as a whole.
At this particular moment in time, I make coffee every morning and every afternoon for both my wife and myself. I use one of three methods: (1) Hario V60, (2) Aeropress, or (3) French Press. During the Summer, though not on a daily basis, I also add a fourth method: (4) Toddy Cold Brew System. I boil water with a Bodum electric water kettle. I grind coffee beans with a Hario hand grinder. I usually use a water to coffee ratio of 16:1. And, I’ve been roasting my own coffee with an Air Crazy popcorn popper for about 3 months.
Again, as the About page says, I would love to hear from any of you, whether you are just beginning this journey or are a seasoned veteran. The blogosphere is one of today’s platforms for community education; let’s help each other along the way.
1/5/16 Update: Since I posted this, I have acquired new coffee gear: an 8-cup Chemex and a Baratza Encore grinder.