El Chris Roasts Some Coffee

What a year. The business I started is chugging along slowly but consistently. I’ve slowly reduced the amount of jobs I’m working from four to two. I set my goals and followed them, but I didn’t get the results I hoped for. I’ll update all of you on this soon. Two full years ago, a … Continue reading “El Chris Roasts Some Coffee”

How to Make Coffee that Doesn’t Suck: The Moka Pot

Anybody can make coffee with a coffeepot. It’s the reason Folgers is still around. Put in your filter, scoop, and press a button. It seems strange, but this is the absolute limit of how much some people can handle. The moka pot is for those people. Maybe following a lot of directions just isn’t your … Continue reading “How to Make Coffee that Doesn’t Suck: The Moka Pot”

How to make coffee that doesn’t suck: Swedish Egg Coffee

Last fall, I made a poor attempt at making Swedish Egg Coffee. I had no idea what I was doing, and I ended up making something that looked like dead birds in an oil spill. I did a lot of research and figured out the error of my ways. In short, I. Was. Wrong. There. … Continue reading “How to make coffee that doesn’t suck: Swedish Egg Coffee”

How to Make Coffee that Doesn’t Suck: The Aeropress

One of my favorite gadgets to use for making coffee, both in my kitchen and in the woods, is the Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker. It’s stupid easy, and I can use either coarse ground or fine ground coffee. It takes about 3 minutes to make a full cup of rather strong coffee, and the … Continue reading “How to Make Coffee that Doesn’t Suck: The Aeropress”

How to make coffee that doesn’t suck: The French Press

I don’t sleep well when I’m camping. I never have, and I probably never will. When I go to camp, I don’t go so I can spend the whole time in bed. Oh no sir. When I camp, I like to be all full of piss and vinegar, and coffee sure makes an awful lot … Continue reading “How to make coffee that doesn’t suck: The French Press”

How to make coffee that doesn’t suck: Grinding your beans

We’ve all been there. Someone offers us a cup of coffee and It’s. Just. Wrong. It’s vinegary. It’s gritty. It’s nasty and bitter. It’s (worst of all) way too weak. Bad coffee can reduce a grown man to tears. It can ruin marriages. It can even ruin your shot at salvation. God HATES bad coffee. … Continue reading “How to make coffee that doesn’t suck: Grinding your beans”

Good way to start the morning

My machine may not be top of the line, but mercy me does it make a fine shot of espresso. This morning’s drink of choice: 4 Ounces espresso5 Ounces Almond milk That is four ounces of the finest espresso I can make. After a waking up and finding out that I got to go back … Continue reading “Good way to start the morning”

Hot Water

Some Venezuelan beans I roasted last weekend. As a young child, my mother sought ENDLESS ways to entertain me. I was like a charming, hyperactive, intensely de-focused hummingbird who positively THREW himself into each day, sometimes quite literally. Out of desperation one day, she gave me a pair of Matchbox cars that would change color … Continue reading “Hot Water”