Friday, July 31, 2009

The Italian Roast of the Trader Joe's Variety

As you may have read in my last post, I have been pressing my coffee lately.

As much as I would like to say it's because I'm an effing coffee snob and that's the only way I will drink my effing coffee...I would be lying. Because my morning laziness misses the ol' Mr. Coffee Drip I used to have.

No, this return to the medieval brewing style was born out of necessity. The wife broke the glass coffee pot and my buddy dropped off the French press the very next day. So, once again, laziness effing wins. But this is why I drink the black nectar we simply refer to as coffee...for a pick me up. Not because I'm an effing pansy, because I'm effing old and life has beat me down.

So, having a Half italian wife, she tends to act twice as Italian as most full-blooded ones, she has brought home the Italian Roast coffee this week.

It is well roasted with a nice sheen on the bean before it's ground and damn is it a strong pot of press when it's done.
All in all I give it a four-and-an-effing-half cups out of a possible 5.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

French Press

No, I am not reffering to the "Surrender Monthly" when I speak of the French Press. Unfortunately I am referring to one of the simplest and truest forms of brewing good coffee. Don't be put off by the French label...I'm pretty sure people around the world have been brewing the oil of the gods like this since they decided it was better than eating the beans whole.

Bodum Young Press Coffee Press (10096-364)

The French Press simply makes it easier to keep the grounds out of your teeth. Now if they could come up with something to keep the short n curly's out of my teeth ...something about them French whores...they love them some effin bush.

Anyway, I was imPRESSED with how well it brings out the flavor of the bean. We all know that paper filters tend to filter more than just the grounds. The mesh filters in a drip machine are better for the overall taste (and of course, easier to effin clean), but letting them grounds just sit there in that piping hot water for 3 to 4 minutes really opens up that bouquet.

You can find a decent press for around $20 to $40. These will have a glass caraffe and some plastic parts. If you want to get lazy about it, get a large one, with a thermos to keep the extra coffee in after. I tend to just keep the tea pot full and on the stove ...4 minutes to boil, 4 minutes to brew and that lasts me a couple hours until I'm going again.

Speaking of which, don't be surprised if you feel the need to visit the loo soon after your first cup of French Press coffee. With a more robust flavor comes a looser bowel somehow. Maybe it's just me...or maybe that's why those French tend to give up so easily...they had to "go".

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Harmony Bay Hazelnut Creme Coffee

Lost my email and password for a while --a year and an effin week-- but then I woke up this morning and remembered it. So I'm effin back.

Been drinking coffee a lot still, as effing usual. Still love it too.

Okay, here's my latest. The Harmony Bay Hazelnut Creme Coffee is effing awesome...if you're a chick or not much of a real strong coffee drinker.

But it's tasty and if you make it twice as strong, it doesn't get bitter, just better.

If you couple this with a vanilla creamer, you might look like a pussy, but it will be delicious. So, do so at your own risk...pussy.

Speaking of which, don't forget to check out the effing OG Coffee Freak thongs.