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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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