Category: coffee

Guess which one costs $20,000

posted by graham on 08.02.05 at 12:00, Rants, coffee, rant, null, 1 comment Permalink

Light bulb oven:

Light bulb coffee maker:

Comment from: graham [Member] ·
Personally, I'd rather have 571 Easy-bake Ovens.
Permalink 02/05/08 @ 12:07

I want one...

posted by collin on 07.10.10 at 14:37, null, coffee, tech, 2 comments Permalink

Bellman espresso machine...

Comment from: graham [Member] ·
Holy crap, that is awesome. Fantes is awesome. My life is complete.
Permalink 10/10/07 @ 16:33
Comment from: collin [Member] ·
Amazon has it cheaper. But Fantes is cooler.
Permalink 10/10/07 @ 17:04

posted by graham on 07.06.20 at 09:10, Raves, Missleaneus, Photos, coffee, seattle, Other, null, Leave a comment Permalink

Remember being disappointed that El Diablo didn't draw a devil in your crema or whatever? Well this is what I got at Zoka last night. I was impressed.

posted by graham on 07.05.17 at 10:47, Raves, coffee, seattle, null, Leave a comment Permalink

Dark beers taste better at Joe Bar.
(Now with 100% less bird shit!)

Coffee in New York

posted by ben on 07.04.06 at 17:09, null, coffee, coffee, food, New York, 3 comments Permalink

Mud. East Village: 9th between 1st and 2nd. The coffee isn't very good and is hideously expensive ($3.75 for a medium latte (they call it a large)), and I think they're only open til ten. On the other hand, their mugs are great, people are friendly, it's dark and feels like a cafe. It's my current favorite.

Esperanto. Washington Squareish: Open 24 hours. Good pastries, friendly waitresses with great hair, clothes, accents, and so forth. Coffee kind of sucks, but they did try to make a rosette yesterday.

Verb. Williamsburg. 218 Bedford Ave. Once again, the coffee is kind of shitty, but it is a nice cafe. First US Coffee I had after my triumphant return from Europe ages ago.

Alt Coffee. East Village. ...reminds me of Prufrocks. Coffee is, once again, sort of bad, but they have pinball machines... and the barristas are distant and uncaring in a way that seems less contrived than hipster apathy.

9th Street Espresso. These people look like the Seattle coffee assholes I'm starting to miss. Their stupid cafe closed 4 minutes ago and I just found out about it. I have to wait till tomorrow, but I have high hopes, if only they had Bauhaus like hours, everything would be ok.

This has more coffee shops.

Comment from: ben [Member] ·
I'm sitting in 9th Street now. Coffee is better than typical New York, but less than glorious Seattle. My latte had that distinctive burned taste I've been told is indicative of complex coffee. My mocha had enough chocolate to cover that up. Both had pretty art. This is the first place I've seen a decent espresso machine in New York... they have a Marzocco... which looked strangely out of place to me in this city. It's been so long... Ah, sweet melodrama... I think the Bauhaus has one... I think, but it's red, right?

The cafe itself is cold. Cold, like Victrola cold. I think I saw a fellow Seattleite in here too, he was wearing a blue Feathered Friends vest... much like the one I'm currently using as a cushion on the back of my chair.

Overall, I think I like it. I just wish it were warmer in here and that the coffee were more about nuts and sweetness and less about complex character.
Permalink 04/07/07 @ 11:15
Comment from: graham [Member] ·
Can someone please tell me why I would ever want to go to New York?
Permalink 04/09/07 @ 08:33
Comment from: ben [Member] ·

Foie gras, watermelon, pistachio, sea bean, lovage

Permalink 04/09/07 @ 14:00


posted by collin on 07.03.30 at 12:51, null, pictures, coffee, Leave a comment Permalink

1 lb split peas
1/2 large onion
4 celery stalks
4 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp oregano
salt and pepper to taste
6 cups water

Put it all in a pot, bring to a boil, turn down and simmer until soupy. Add sliced keilbasa for last 20 minutes (note this adds salt).

Serve with nan, fresh sourdough, croutons etc.

Those with smaller pizzas are my bitches.

posted by collin on 07.03.30 at 12:26, null, pictures, coffee, Leave a comment Permalink

A variation on Chicago style recipes here.

3.5 cups flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 Tbs sugar
2 Tbs olive oil or butter
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 package yeast

Mix it all together, add water as needed. Let rise 2 hours, punch down and knead lightly, let rise another 2 hours.


1 large can whole tomatoes
6-8 cloves garlic
1 tsp red pepper flakes
olive oil
salt, pepper, oregano, basil to taste

Lightly fry garlic and red pepper in pan with oil, add tomatoes and everything else. Smash tomatoes somewhat. Let reduce for 20-30 minutes on low.

Oil pan and sprinkle with cornmeal.
Spread dough out.
Layer 1/2 lb mozzarella (maybe a little provalone).
Add toppings. like crumbled and lightly browned sweet italian sausage, 3/4 lb.
Add sauce and bake at 425 for 40 min. Sprinkle with romano cheese for last 5 min.

I'm green, Da ba dee da ba di...

posted by collin on 07.03.30 at 12:16, null, pictures, coffee, rave, Leave a comment Permalink

The green chili (a variation on this recipe):

olive oil
1-2 lbs pork loin, 1 lb for soup, 2 for a more stew-y chili
5 cloves garlic
1 white onion, chopped
2 Tbs flour
2 Tbs cornstarch
20 anaheim chilis
6 habaneros
1 Tbs cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
2 3/4 cups chicken broth
10 tomatillos

Cube pork loin, lightly fry with olive oil with onion, salt, white pepper. Set aside.

Roast, peel, seed, and chop anaheim chilis. Halve and seed habaneros.

Mix flour and corn starch with a little water.

Put everything in a crock pot, cook on low for 6-8 hours.

The enchilada chicken:

1 package dried ancho chiles
1 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. cumin powder
2 Tbs. fresh oregano, chopped
6 cloves garlic
1/2 onion, white or red
1/4 cup corn oil

Soak ancho chilis in hot water for 20 minutes. Seed chilis. Put everything (not the chicken), plus a little bit of the water in a food processor and liquify. Quarter and marinate chicken for a few hours.

Remove from marinade and sear chicken in a cast iron skillet on high. Place in pot with half of the marinade and simmer for 1.5 hours. Pull apart with a fork.

Make enchiladas and eat.

I only had 4 lattes today.

posted by ben on 07.02.17 at 23:21, null, coffee, chicago, Leave a comment Permalink

I sprang out of bed at 8am this morning, irritatingly alert for how early it was. Since there is nothing whatsoever to do in Schaumburg, I headed down to the city and spent the next 15 hours getting coffee. Chicago coffee is, of course, crap compared to Seattle... but it's not nearly as bad as it could be.

The first 2 or 3 hours of my day were spent at Intelligensia. They only have paper cups. So, even though my somewhat bitter coffee had a nice rosette, it felt sad and light. Also, the ambiance of the place is all wrong... lots of middle aged yuppies with thin torsos and fat faces... not the way to start any day.

Metropolis is the best coffee I've had out here. It's not Victrola or Zeitgeist, but it could pass for an average Bauhaus coffee. Ambiance is a little better... though it's way the fuck out there... some place halfway between Chicago and Evanston. I had two lattes there.

Then there was the third time I've gone to sushi since Masa. I should really stick to udon.

...and then Filter. I really like Filter. The coffee is pretty crappy, but given my long time patronage of The Trident, that obviously matters very little. The people are pretty... and some of them talk to one another, though none to me.

I've been reading Spence's tome on China. So, I drank coffee and shook my head at the Chinese legal system. I'm up to the 1840's in the book and criminal justice in China still looks something like:

(1) Person is accused of crime.
(2) Person is beaten with large sticks until they confess to the crime.
(3) Person is sentenced.
(4) Person is killed or exiled or tortured.

Which is all to be expected... but, I'm annoyed that Spence then talks about how things weren't much better in the West at this point... which is utter shit. Revisionist apologist shit to be specific.

Anyway, the appalling backwardness of 19th century China was not enough to keep me awake... so I started to drift off... and then made myself drive back to Schaumburg... where my neon lit Homestead Suite has made me wide awake... hurrah!

It's Dead!

posted by collin on 07.01.09 at 12:12, null, nonsense, coffee, random, 1 comment Permalink
Comment from: graham [Member] ·
the circle of life continues...
Ben had bugged me for a year to fix mine, and on the night he left it started working again.
Permalink 01/09/07 @ 16:11

It's Alive!

posted by graham on 07.01.09 at 10:42, Raves, coffee, Toys, null, Leave a comment Permalink

Which God is Your God?

posted by devin on 06.10.03 at 13:03, Absurdities, coffee, 3 comments Permalink

There is an interesting study from Baylor University that ties the view people have of God with their moral beliefs.

What is fascinating about this is that, for Christians at least, you can pretty well predict whether someone is a good person based on the relationship they believe God has with the world.

Maybe this isn't all that unexpected; if someone believes in a vengeful authoritarian God and that man was created in God's image, then of course they're going to be a bad person. Still, it is good to see some numbers.

Via pandagon.

Comment from: ben [Member] ·
Does anyone believe god is happy or is not angry the most we can hope for?
Permalink 10/03/06 @ 14:24
Comment from: graham [Member] ·
This is the chart I use to tell whether someone is a good person.
Permalink 10/03/06 @ 16:23
Comment from: ben [Member] ·
I only use one circle to determine if someone is good. The answer is always no.
Permalink 10/03/06 @ 23:14

Veronica Mars Season Premiere

posted by devin on 06.10.03 at 12:33, Absurdities, coffee, television, 3 comments Permalink

You should all watch the season premiere of the third season of Veronica Mars tonight. 9/8c on the CW.

As Ezra Klein writes, "if Karl Marx had written Nancy Drew, Veronica Mars would be the result."

Most of you probably don't have TVs (or maybe you just hide yours in the closet when company comes around), but there are presumably other ways to watch this. You really should.

Comment from: other graham [Visitor] ·
Ezra Klein is my coworker's roommate.
Permalink 10/04/06 @ 07:08
Comment from: scott [Member] ·
Believe it or not, these days I even have cable. How was it?
Permalink 10/05/06 @ 19:25
Comment from: devin [Member] ·
It was not nearly as crunchy as I expected. It was an ok episode, but they certainly didn't hit it out of the park. They had to spend too much time introducing characters (new and old), killing some off, and teeing up story-lines for the rest of the season.

Also, a new character's name is Pizz.

I hope next week is better.
Permalink 10/05/06 @ 20:09

Sunday Cake-Blogging

posted by graham on 06.08.06 at 20:34, Photos, coffee, null, 3 comments Permalink

Comment from: collin [Member] ·
Why do you guys always put your food on the floor?
Permalink 08/06/06 @ 20:37
Comment from: graham [Member] ·
That was fast. Somebody's lurking...

Because Ben's tripod is a whopping 4.5" tall and unless we put the food directly under one of the flood lights you can't see anything and his table is too heavy to move.
Permalink 08/06/06 @ 20:42
Comment from: collin [Member] ·
I was not lurking. It was pure chance. I was climbing today, and not looking at the internets. I'm going to sleep now.
Permalink 08/06/06 @ 21:43
posted by collin on 06.07.31 at 16:17, null, nonsense, coffee, random, Leave a comment Permalink

For the children, and posterity.

Trident spam?

posted by collin on 06.07.26 at 07:26, null, nonsense, coffee, random, 2 comments Permalink

I was just spammed by the Trident. The coffee shop. When would I have given them my email? Or did they just know? Anybody else get one? I am surprised...

Comment from: scott [Member] ·
The Trident sees all. You can never fully escape its clutches...
Permalink 07/26/06 @ 09:39
Comment from: ben [Member] ·
I got nothing. I feel very hurt. I give The Trident the best years of my life and what do I get? Nothing. Nothing at all. Not even spam.
Permalink 07/26/06 @ 14:03

Little Did I Know...

posted by graham on 06.07.21 at 10:16, Rants, coffee, null, 1 comment Permalink

After I used the last two packets of coffee yesterday, my office's coffee supply gnomes switched to Folgers.

This agression will not stand, man!

Comment from: collin [Member] ·
Your answer.
Permalink 07/21/06 @ 15:22

Holy Shitness!

posted by graham on 06.06.17 at 02:39, coffee, technology, rave, Bicycles, null, Leave a comment Permalink

The fact that this is news to me shows how out of touch I am, but the return of Rapid Fire XTRs is a momentous occasion regardless.

at least matt will love me

posted by ben on 06.04.12 at 22:32, null, coffee, coffee, 1 comment Permalink

Don't sample the product.

Comment from: graham [Member] ·
Boy, who suggested all of those coffees? What a bunch of crap, if I may say so myself. You know there's a reason most people prefer Folgers. It's because it's freeze dried, that's why. Freeze dried coffee tastes better, plain and simple.
And what the hell is with those names, anyway? All those V's and Z's. C'mon people, get with the program.
Permalink 04/22/06 @ 23:45

somebody post... now.

posted by ben on 06.04.10 at 06:11, null, coffee, coffee, seattle, Leave a comment Permalink

El Diablo, Seattle. I ought to go here... there... whatever.