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Week Sixteen: Last week at the Red Bean Bag, Publika.

Just a quick plug, if you do think The Red Bean Bag deserves “Best Cafe” and “Best Coffee” from TOKL – do vote for them here:  273 more words

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Memphis Belle

Ah hipsters of the world rejoice at finding this coffee shop located on the cusp of Courtney Place while clutching onto dear life to identify itself with Cuba Street. 368 more words

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Review: Able Brewing Heat Lid for Chemex

Disclaimer: I bought the Able Brewing Heat Lid myself at full price. There is no shortage of stuff you can buy if you’re into coffee, from mugs and cups of all shapes and sizes to elaborate brewing… 1,227 more words

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Chemex Coffee Maker Nylon Cleaning Brush, 14 Inch

Easily clean your Chemex coffee maker with this nylon cleaning brush. It features a wooden and nylon construction for long lasting durability. This generous, long handled brush makes easy work out of cleaning a Chemex coffeemaker or cup. 27 more words

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Making coffee is really a science with the Chemex Glass Coffee Maker

What could be purer than adding your favorite coffee and then filtering hot water through into the glass Chemex flask to make a delicious brew? 66 more words

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Life is too short for bad coffee

Oddfellows in the Bishop Arts District of Dallas

一分鐘的差異

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下午三點工作到累了,燒一壼開水,於咖啡壼上放了瀘紙,盛上磨好的咖啡豆。開水煮好後注進長嘴水壼中,為咖啡豆澆上一點點開水,剛蓋過豆子就好。然後,為了讓豆子喝飽水,得靜待一分鐘。雖然只是一分鐘,這一分鐘卻是決定咖啡口味的關鍵。好幾次,我性子過急,等不及就直接把水嘩啦嘩啦的澆進去,泡出來的咖啡香味不足,酸味卻極重。翌日,同樣的豆子,同樣的沖泡方式,多加一份耐心,咖啡味道又香又清雅,沒有半點雜質。這就是一分鐘的差異。常說喝咖啡能放鬆心神,而我常想泡另啡也有同樣功能,學會了享受泡咖啡的過程,也就等同學會了享受等待、期待的時光。那短短的一分鐘,正好是整理神緒的時機,所以比起Nespresso的自動咖啡,我還是較愛用手調咖啡壼。

由德國籍的發明家Peter J. Schlumbohm設計的Chemex咖啡壼一直在我的Wish list裡,外形像是化學實驗室的玻璃燒瓶,腰間繫了一個木環,綑上皮腰帶,腰帶打結處,還附上了小木球。我其實不知道這咖啡壼泡出來的咖啡有甚麼過人之處,只覺得它美麗不已。好多年前在紐約MoMA遇上,那時剛畢業工作不久,近千元的咖啡壼著實奢侈,只能擦肩而過。今年於柏林又重遇,價錢便宜了一半,聽朋友說香港其實也能找到,想著想著就沒買,實情還有一個理由——這個便宜的版本怎麼看怎麼不對勁,就是沒MoMA遇到的美,瓶子由上而下多了一道接合紋,看來是倒模製作的痕跡。回家上網一查發現MoMA出售的是人手吹製的版本,而且除MoMA外幾乎只有美國的Philadelphia Museum of Art有賣。

以前覺得如此的執著與吹無求疵實在無謂,現在才明白這些親近的東西,貼近實際所需外還得貼近心靈所需,多了一道痕跡就是多了一點遺憾,為了心頭好,還是學習一下享受等待好了。

(除了著名的Chemex Coffee Maker外,Peter J. Schlumbohm其實還設計了醒酒器、調酒器等。)

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