Well it's another year to celebrate our favorite drink. For the last couple of years the only thing I've been drinking is coffee and plain ol' water. The diabetes made sure that I gave up soda pop and other sugary drinks for good. That's when I turned to coffee and went really all in with it.
In the last year I've added some new equipment to my coffee arsenal. I've pretty much switched away from using a French Press to using a V60 Hario pour over at work and using the Chemex pour over at home. I've found that I actually prefer these methods over the French Press because they use a paper filter. In my tastes I've found that the paper filter helps to cut off that edge of acidity and creates a more smooth tasting coffee that I had experienced before. Now I still like the French Press and still use it occasionally, but it's not my go to method anymore.
I also still use my Expobar every single morning for espresso and I just love that thing. I did add an electric timer to it so that it turns on and off on a schedule I set so that when I get up in the morning the machine is already warmed up and ready for me to make an espresso without having to wait.
Recently I acquired an HG-One manual hand grinder for my espresso making needs. When I learned about this beautiful device I fell in love with it and wanted one. But at about $1,000 it was going to be an expensive thing to want. I was able to buy a used one for a bit less from a very good friend of mine who was no longer using it. he kept it in great condition and it works beautifully. I'll be making a review of it soon to post here on my page.
The HG-One is a wonderful grinder and after getting it dialed in I get great espresso out of it in conjunction with good beans and the Expobar. I smile each time I pass by it in the kitchen. Here's to another great year of coffee!
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