Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Day -003: The French Press

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/>Emily's cousins gifted me with a French
press for my birthday.
It was a deluxe model
from one of the upscale coffee shops (and you can probably
guess which one.) We gave it a try this morning, and -- oh,
boy! -- was the coffee good! We used the href="http://www.artisans.ph/">Artisans Premium
Blend beans I got last month. They also gave me a bag of beans
from the same upscale coffee shop, but that will have to wait
till tomorrow.

Coffee is one of the
hobbies that I accidentally stumbled onto this year. Emily and
I had been given a coffee maker for our wedding, but that had
stayed in storage all these past years. This year, we finally
decided to bring it out. We started with ground coffee from the
grocery, and for several months, it was all good. Then I paid a
visit to the Jesuit residence and got a taste of the coffee
from their espresso machine. From then on, I'd been dreaming of
going up one step higher, that is, grinding my own beans. I
finally gave in and bought a grinder from
Lazada.

Grinding opened up a whole new
dimension. All of a sudden, we had so many more choices for
coffee. My staple is Monk's Blend, but I've tried some of the
artisanal coffee from Mindanao growers, as well as from
Benguet. In retrospect, it's not that expensive a hobby. A 500g
bag lasts us two months, and assuming P400 per bag, that's only
P200 per month. That's just about how much I would be spending
if I were to drink 3-in-1 coffee every day for a
month!

Hmmm, that's actually a variation
of Terry Pratchett's href="http://scienceblogs.com/authority/2009/01/27/dry-boots-fairness-and-social/">Captain
Samuel Vimes ‘Boots’
theory of socio-economic
unfairness.

En
otros acontecimientos: las negociaciones fueron muy
bien.
El nuevo año trae buenas
nuevas, gracias a Dios. Yo
espero.

Reading



Today
I started on Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable
Feast
, his memoir of his time in Paris. I've had the
book for quite some time but I couldn't get into it. It turns
out that I was reading it wrong. Feast,
like most of Hemingway's work, has to be read in a quiet place,
like in a cafe or in a cozy corner of the house. It can't be
read in a rush, as if only for information. It has to be read
slowly, and savored.

I might take some
time with this
one.

Learning



On
the drive back, I listened to the href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qykl">In Our
Time episode on href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06rzd44">Circadian
Rhythms. Very good discussion of how our body clocks
are regulated. Not just us, actually, but animals and plants as
well. Many health issues can be traced to disruption of the
circadian rhythms, which naturally raises concerns about people
who work in shifts. This is good fodder for health
research.

More Chinese work
today.