Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Adventures with the Aeropress
The filling - cheddar, avocado, red cabbage, slow-cooked beef, Mom's homemade taco sauce.
Next iteration - cook the bacon more for a "hard shell bacon taco."
Currently, there are two people whose food recommendations I follow:
- Guy Fieri - I find him unwatchable on anything other than Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, but to date his restaurant recommendations have been spot-on.
- Aaron Silvers - Because he provides epic ideas for kitchen experiments, like the Bacon Bomb. And the Bacon Taco. And his restaurant recommendations are also spot-on. Plus, I'm more likely to eat with him than with Guy Fieri and he's less obnoxious (though Guy may be a really nice, thoughtful dude who reads lots of books in real life. Don't know...)
One of Aaron's more recent kitchen recommendations is the Aeropress.
I am a lemming. If Aaron says that the best source of sushi is found at the base of a 50" cliff and the only way to access it is by BASE jumping in a wingsuit, you bet I would follow.
So, of course, I had to buy one.
My history with coffee is a bit checkered.
In my youth, I had a nasty two pot a day habit that included the cooked out dregs from the bottom of the old, stained carafe (I was a stagehand! Sue me!).
As I "matured" - I managed to get consumption down to a 36 oz max (most days).
Still a "coffee slut" - McDonalds, Starbucks, 7-11, overcooked pots, percolated, french press, I'll drink it. I've even been reduced to DECAF (the horror!).
In an attempt to be a little more sophisticated in my coffee consumption (and to slow it down just a tad), I purchased the Aeropress and a coffee grinder.
Yes, the Aeropress makes coffee faster. But the time spent making the coffee is involvement time.
Think - making an omelet vs. dumping a slab of beef, a can of tomatoes and a frozen bag of pre-chopped veggies in a slow-cooker. The slow cooker takes a lot longer, but the involvement time (if you are just doing the dump and cook) is much less than the omelet. And there is a lot more room for error in the slow cooker vs. the omelet.
The Aeropress is also a test of my coffee-making prowess.
Get the temperature wrong, the ratio of coffee to water wrong, the type of beans wrong - you wind up with either tepid dishwater or a sour-brown substance. Of course, I will drink both (because I am a coffee slut) - but I find that I need to be a bit more scientific about my coffee making.
On the bright side - it slows down consumption. And I haven't even brought the grinder variable into the equation yet. I've been using the pre-ground stuff from the grocery store that I had gotten for my French Press (remember: coffee slut).
So I will continue playing with this toy. If only to keep myself occupied with the search for the "perfect" cup of coffee. And put some controls around my nasty coffee addiction.