Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

—James Baldwin

Perfect Coffee

coffee-cup-01I’m still pursuing the perfect cup of coffee.  It looks like I’m going to have to invest some money in a few things.  I somehow managed to miss The Specialty Coffee Association of America publication on this subject back in 2009.  It could not be more specific.  As a service to you, I’ll condense the eight page article in to these simple steps:

  1. Roast the beans to approximately 58 on the whole bean M-Basic Agtron scale in 8 to 12 minutes
  2. Air cool the beans to room temperature 75 degrees
  3. Store in air tight containers at room temperature (not in a freezer or refrigerator)
  4. Weight out slightly less than one ounce (26 grams) of whole beans
  5. Grind the beans so that 70 to 75% of the particles pass through a U.S. Standard size 20 mesh sieve (slightly courser then you get when you get coffee ground for a paper filter drip)
  6. Within 15 minutes of grinding, pour 200 degree clean water over the ground coffee

Some other things to keep in mind:

  • You’ll need to secure access to bean wholesalers so you get fresh beans
  • The M-Basic II will cost you $9,950
  • The coffee grinder will cost you $400
  • You’ll need to invest approximately 60 minutes each day roasting, grinding and brewing your own coffee

The above does not begin to touch on all of  the details.  So yea, I’ll probably continue to go to Starbucks.

And of course, I now have a new quest.

…and we’re back

Back in November, I announced I was transitioning hosts for this website.  I’ve managed to get everything fully transitioned back to a self-hosted site.  Amazon Web Services are awesome.  More control, more power, more capacity and less cost.  Hard to beat.  I’ll not speak poorly of where I’ve been, but it was not everything I dreamed it would be.

OSU’s band perform their half …

The last time I was in the Horseshoe, I missed half time and OSU was already up so far over their non-conference opponent that the game was really not that fun.  I would have loved to have been in the stands for this.  OSU’s band perform their half time show. Very impressive.