Liralen Li (liralen) wrote,
Liralen Li
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Quality

When I make coffee at work I put a rounded 2 tablespoons of coffee beans into my grinder. I gather up the grinder, the filter in its cone holder, my glass measuring cup, and my mug for the results.

I go to the break area, as I don't want to bother the folks around me with the grinder. I then get an exact eight ounces of water out of the coffee maker into my glass measuring cup. I put the cup into the microwave and hit "1" for a one minute heat. The water in the coffee maker isn't nearly hot enough for making good coffee because it usually takes anywhere from 30 seconds to a full minute for the water in the cup to actually boil.

While the water heats I grind the coffee (which I roasted within a week of this venture), and put the grinds into the paper filter. I set the cone on the mug. By this time the water is usually boiling (203° F) in the measuring cup. Since glass is an excellent heat insulator the water usually continues bubbling as I make my way to the filter. It is not superheated or it wouldn't be bubbling. No scalds for me.

I then gradually pour the water through the grounds, often pouring in different spots to push the grinds into the infusion and roughly keep it brewing for about 3-4 minutes. I don't pour all that much at a time.

Amusingly enough, I can taste the difference if I leave any of these steps out (water hot enough, grind right as I'm about to brew, brew for long enough).

When I was done this morning, a guy said, "For all that work, you should have brewed a whole pot." He thought a bit, "Hm. Unless that's the only cup you drink a day. Then it's worth doing to have one great cup of coffee."

Bingo, he got it. It is my only cup of coffee each day, usually. And it's perfect and completely enjoyable to the very bottom of the cup. For me the quality of it was far more important than the quantity or price in my time or my money, and my process showed that. I cannot drink the free coffee off the hot plate of the coffeemaker that doesn't make its water hot enough to actually brew even good coffee.

I realized, recently, that placing my value of quality over my valuation of my time or money or quantity is not something everyone understands. Maybe this will be a good example of how I am the way I am.
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