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My Iced Coffee Recipe


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(Adapted from my previous post: My Coffee Recipe)

To start you’ll need an Aeropress, and a grinder equivalent to Capresso’s Infinity conical burr grinder. A normal burr grinder or even a decent blade grinder would probably do just fine, but you might end up with a smokier taste.

You’ll also need a way to boil water, a twelve ounce dishwasher safe glass, and of course, some coffee beans (probably at least 1/8 lb to be on the safe side). I don’t recommend trying a glass that is not dishwasher safe, because even with ice, it will get hot.

  1. Fill the glass with ice cubes to half an inch below he rim.
  2. Add skim or 1% milk to the ice-filled glass until it is up a third of the way
  3. Set up the Aeropress on your glass
  4. Now, bring the water to boil. You’ll only need about 6oz at the most
  5. Once it begins boiling, turn off the heat. If you leave it boiling, the water will be to hot when you brew.
  6. Grind on the finest “fine” setting on the infinity (not extra fine) for 25-30 seconds (#5 on the infinity), and pour grounds into the Aeropress.
  7. Now, fill the Aeropress the measuring cup/plunger to between 2 and 3 cups.
  8. Trickle some water into the grounds, and then follow with a full pour
  9. Work Aeropress’s magic. (you know, stir for 10 seconds and then plunge for ~20)
  10. If there is space left over in the glass, just add cool water
  11. Wash Aeropress
  12. Enjoy!

I suggest not adding any sugar, so you can get the taste of the bean. Trust me, give it a couple tries if you’re used to sugar. In fact, I don’t think this method would work well with sugar, since it’s best to add sugar before icing the coffee, and this ices it right away. You could try agave syrup instead.
But, if you use this method your coffee will not be very bitter—only the natural bitterness of the bean which is much less than you’d expect.

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My coffee recipe.


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(See also: My Iced Coffee Recipe)

To start you’ll need an Aeropress, and a grinder equivalent to Capresso’s Infinity conical burr grinder. A normal burr grinder or even a decent blade grinder would probably do just fine, but you might end up with a smokier taste.

You’ll also need a way to boil water, a sixteen ounce mug, and of course, some coffee beans (probably at least 1/8 lb to be on the safe side).

  1. Set up the Aeropress on your mug
  2. Now, bring the water to boil.
  3. Once it begins boiling, turn off the heat. If you leave it boiling, the water will be to hot when you brew.
  4. Grind on the finest “fine” setting on the infinity (not extra fine) for 25 seconds (#5 on the infinity), and pour grounds into the Aeropress.
  5. Now, fill the Aeropress the measuring cup/plunger to right between 2 and 3 cups.
  6. Trickle some water into the grounds, and then follow with a full pour
  7. Work Aeropress’s magic. (you know, stir for 10 seconds and then plunge for ~20)
  8. Remove the press and add skim milk until the volume is about halfway up the mug.
  9. Fill rest of mug with heated water
  10. Wash Aeropress
  11. Enjoy!

I suggest not adding any sugar, so you can get the taste of the bean. Trust me, give it a couple tries if you’re used to sugar. If you use this method your coffee will not be very bitter—only the natural bitterness of the bean which is much less than you’d expect.

This method seems to work well with anything from half city to darker full city roasts. I haven’t tried a French roast (I just really don’t like them). If you use a very light roast, your coffee will sour after about 20 or 30 minutes, but anything darker will be fine for at least an hour. It won’t go bitter at all!

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So simple, you’ve thought of it.


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Ok, first off, I seriously know many people have thought of this, and probably done it from time to time. But that doesn’t mean I can’t blog about it.

The idea is that chocolate soy milk (CSM for those in the know) is for some reason pretty popular. (For me, that reason is that I actually am not a huge fan of the beany taste of plain soymilk, and vanilla is just too sweet. As you may have previously heard, I do like Rice milk but that doesn’t always work in this following thing). Where was I.

Yeah so CSM is popular. So is coffee. So is instant. So why not instant coffee with chocolate soy milk? See I told you people had already thought of it, but still, why not. It is good. Its not like a Cafe Mocha. It just has a little chocolatey taste.

Also, connoisseurs, it doesn’t ruin the taste of the coffee, because it is instant coffee anyways, it just tastes like instant coffee with chocolatey goodness.

The best thing is that chocolate soymilk is actually really tasty, and you don’t need to worry about it going bad before you use it up in coffee. You can just drink it by the glass!

Edit: Wow I’ve thought of more I forgot to point out.

What is especially fun about this idea is that since instant coffee usually is made from the robusta bean, it tends to develop “crema” (how classy!). When combined with any type of soymilk, the crema sort of puffs up underneath a layer of soy foam, creating a really fun chocolatey coffee foam for the top of your coffee. That is fun!

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Low fat hummus is not that good.


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See, ever since my sister took me to this hummus place in the East Village (incidentally, it was called “The Hummus Place, and some dude put some pictures up, so you know where I am coming from), I have gained a taste for Hummus. The stuff at that place marked a profound advancement in my appreciation of the finer points of hummus—if you are ever on St. Marks Place, go there.

First off, they serve it as a meal, so it was the first time I had really payed attention to the taste of the hummus itself, as more than a condiment. They also add hell of good stuff to it, like chick peas (which do add to the flavor, believe it or not), hardboiled eggs, onions, or fava beans, and various spices, including paprika. Suffice it to say, it is better than your average hummus, and it tought me how good Hummus can be, warm and served with stuff.

So I started buying hummus from the supermarket. Most of it has been pretty good; I really like the Tribe, and Meza brands, Athenos is decent but not as good and more expensive, so not really worth it. Last time I decided to be daring and try some low fat hummus. Hummus is not especially high fat to begin with, but it does have olive oil usually, and I think that olive oild is pretty important. I bought Wildwood low fat hummus from Molly Stone, and it is terrible. Well not terrible, but it has a very sour taste to it, and is sort of pasty, instead of smoother than pasty. Usually this is the part where I would redeem Wildwood by saying their normal hummus is good, but since I haven’t tried it yet, no redemption for them. Oh yeah, don’t buy the flavored hummus, add your own stuff to flavor it just before warming it up, because the pre-flavored stuff is bad.

Now you know, tell your friends!

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The Dream is dead


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Rice Dream to be specific. I was using a half-gallon of rice dream the past 2 weeks. This is certainly a long time to linger on one half-gallon of milk, but I wasn’t drinking any by itself, and hey it’s rice milk. Well, today it finally spoiled! I was shocked that rice-dream can possibly spoil, I mean, wtf, where’s the dream now!

Anyways I looked around a bit on the internet, and it seems like even in the fridge. Rice dream has four milk-products, three of which I knew and two of which are important to my tale of woe, Rice Dream Refrigerated Renriched Non-Diary Beverages and Rice Dream Enriched Non-Dairy beverages, the one I bought. The absense of refrigerated made me think it would last until the day after forever, especially since I was refrigerating it. However, it turns out that the asceptic nature of the “non-refrigerated” version of the drink is a product of the packaging, so the moment you open it, it’s on equal footing with any other Rice Dream product. They’re all supposed to last 7-10 days. I guess I won in the end, mine lasted a few days longer. Well the moral of this story is that Safeway was having a sale on Rice Dream that week so I bought two half gallons, and the unopened half gallon was still fresh (It lasts a year unopened), so the day was not lost.

But, while we are on the topic of Rice Dream, I thought you might want to know: no good in coffee! I’m not really sure why, I guess it might react with something in the coffee, or maybe coffee has evil sour-making bacteria, but yes, it turns the coffee sour, and you will wonder why the coffee is so bad, until one day you use some of Tom’s cow’s milk (Not the milk of Tom’s cow, but Tom’s milk which is made by a cow) (Tom I swear it was only like a tablespoon once or twice!), and it tastes hell of better. What really surprised me just now was that on their website the non-enriched version is suggested for use in coffee! This means that by enriching it, they make it coffee-unfriendly, how upsetting. But the moral of this story: it wasn’t, afterall, the robusta bean that lurks inside canned coffees that is sour but the Enrichment of my ‘Dream. Well now you all can spare yourself the pain. Weird how soy milk is fine in coffee but rice milk isn’t, huh.

Now before I single-handedly destroy this non-dairy beverage, despite all this negative energy I’ve been focusing on Rice Dream, it is still excellent. It has a more Cow’s-milk like taste than soy milk, and is sort of thinner and less stickier, so it feels more like milk. Also I think it tastes better, but maybe just because I’m used to Cow’s milk and not soy milk.

There is my tale, about as uninteresting as it can possibly get. If you’ve read this far, get up and do a little dance, and then sit down and applaud yourself.

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