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Saturday, August 05, 2017


The video inspired me. I think I can do that! Though not with instant coffee. So, a frother, the pot, and Cafe Bustelo are in my Amazon cart now. I'm going to think about it overnight and see if I'm still inspired. Basically, I'm a black coffee drinker, but I do like a "desert" coffee occasionally.

Double shots and shots in regular coffee (Red Eye or Black Eye) are my go-tos, but I'm definitely going to try a cappuccino using this frothing method. I also came across a microwave frothing method, but it only works with skim - 2% milk.

Should probably go duplicate Donna's Amazon cart...

I have broken more cheap espresso/cappuccino machines than I care to remember...I had a pretty good Starbucks one that used expensive pods my spouse gave me a couple of Christmases ago. I had vague worries about stewed plastic pods, but the coffee was delicious. When that began going buggy (overuse by the entire family), I made broad hints last fall about wanting a replacement. They gave me the newest one I think it was this last Xmas. A DISASTER. The thing died within a month (shoddy construction, tho not used as often, as I hid the pods from my greedy children). We returned it, grumbling, for a refund. HOWEVER: he had given me their milk frother as well, which was a thermal tumbler w whisk bult in, which basically does the same thing that little gadget does with the one advantage that it heats the milk for you as well. For me, this is a help if I am making it blearilyy at 6 am, one less thing to do (heating milk separately???) tho it's a pain to clean. In theory one could heat the mug in the microwave then froth then pour in the espresso I suppose, but in practice I end up just drinking my disgusting drip brew Starbucks (only for the caffeine) improved by the frothed milk.

I am more or less resigned to never getting as good coffee at home as out. But have stopped going to our local Starbucks except to get together with a friend occasionally, as it costs as much as a sandwich practically...

I'm still hunting for a cheap machine that I could set up at night to have a yummy cappuccino that would only require the push of one button in the morning to cheer me up on my way to work...the older I get, the lazier I get. But still not lay enough to want to use Keurig as I don't want stewed plastic any more.

Tried every kind of machine for regular coffee over many years. I've landed on the simple pour over as my favorite. Water heated three minutes in the microwave. If boiling, wait 1 minute to cool. Starbucks Sumatra beans, ground medium-fine at purchase. Sometimes the Starbucks whole beans ground at the grocery store are better than what they're selling at Starbucks, but it's hit and miss.

The blade grinder at home sits unused. I think it burns the beans. Anyway, this method has been my favorite for about two-years. I like the coffee I'm making more than anything I've tried at a cafe except for the coffee at one local French cafe, but it isn't conveniently located for daily coffee.

Re: Italian-style coffee. I think a pricey espresso maker can produce a better tasting coffee than the moka,* but as you noticed, they break. Been there. Done that. I like the all-in-one heater-frother you describe. Might have to look for one of those.

*A moka will last forever. Nothing to break. I bet my mom's pot is sixty years old.

In the morning, I want black coffee on the strong side, but not bitter. I've never had a black coffee from Starbucks that was not bitter and I didn't have much luck with their beans at home either. I really liked getting a caramel macchiato occasionally, but the Starbucks near my house has closed... so, it's only when I travel and there's one near an exit that I ever get one. It's a treat -- like a root beer float from Sonic.

My coffee addiction is well-known, so I got small bags of coffee for my birthday from friends' travels to Guatemala (very rich and not bitter at all) and Hawaii (haven't tried this one yet). My everyday black coffee is 8 o'clock original medium roast beans. Dunkin Donuts is my 2nd choice. The only black coffee I purchase away from home is McDonald's -- I find them almost always willing to brew a fresh pot if I'm willing to wait and I usually am. Dunkin Donuts are not so easily found and they're not quite as willing to brew a fresh pot.

My son-in-law has spent considerable time in the Middle East and Russia. He's become a coffee gadget guru and there's always a wide variety of coffees when he gets back from a trip. And they have a 4 ft counter devoted to beverages and appliances to make them, including an espresso machine. His brother travels to some very out of the way places buying spices and brought Al some of the wild civet coffee. I did NOT try that... just can't. I was told it was good, but I'll never know.

I'm off tomorrow to slowly make my way to SC to see the eclipse, so I'll be ordering the pot and frother when I get back. I'll let you know.

I don't like any regular coffee brewed at Starbucks. Except for some "blonde roasts" they all taste bitter and burnt to me. And blonde roasts lack a satisfying depth of flavor. I'm convinced that the biggest problem with Starbucks is their brewing method. The same dark coffees brewed as pour overs don't have that bitterness. I do, however, like their espresso.

The eclipse: Thinking about going. It's about six hours drive to the nearest point in the path from here. I assume you've got your viewing glasses? Are you going to try to photograph it or take video?

I probably won't do any photography since I have developed a tremor. Some days it's not too bad, so we'll see. I've read that photographs of the full eclipse are rather disappointing, but I'm sure someone in my group will take a few. My plan is to enjoy the experience and my grandchildren's reaction to it.

We've got the viewing glasses and checked to make sure they were NASA approved. I bought a few extras as they looked to be a bit fragile. My big concern is that the 3 year old will take them off. Would it be child abuse to duct tape them to her head?

Tell youir grandchild you are putting on their space helmet for the trip as you duct tape them with a cardboard helmet around them. For full effect, you could put one on yourself...This would have worked on two of my kids and NOT on my sceptical one at any age...

Where did you get your glasses? I stupidly ordered them from Amazon and sadly received some junk that looked like it came from Party Warehouse, with none of the markings or certifications described in the product description online (gnash, gnash). I wondered at this late date if I could just go to some welding supply storeand getsomething there, rather than rely on Ol Unreliable Amazon to replace them in time

I think I'd go with go with the duct tape.

So this comment thread inspired a discussion here. We were talking about getting to the nearest point in the path, which is about a 5 hour drive. We could easily handle that without an overnight stay in the car (I'm sure there are no hotel rooms available), but I fear that the traffic will be backed up for a long way, maybe locking us out of the area entirely.

The sites I've checked say we'll get a pretty good show locally, but I'd really like to get as close to total as possible. Maybe drive as far as traffic will allow and live with that?

I bought glasses from Amazon, but checked the NASA manufacturers list first, because I read the reviews on some that weren't on the list. I heard Amazon is giving refunds for some purchases. What a mess.

We're also making some pinhole viewers (there's our helmets!) and my daughter's company is providing glasses for employees and clients so we're very well set. We've been planning for 2 months too. The six year old is beyond excited. As am I!

I hope y'all have a great viewing experience.

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