I received this as one of my Christmas Gifts and I have been loving every minute of this wonderful coffee. German Coffee or Jacobs Kronung Coffee – Who would have though that this would be as good as it is. I have been brewing mine in the Espro French Press Coffee Maker. Even with the very fine ground the Espro does a fantastic job of filtering out the very find grit and grounds with its double micro filtered pressing. The Kronung coffee is a little on the Medium to the stronger side however it lacks bitterness or acidity. It is a very smooth coffee it will not bite or have any bitter taste afterwards. Some would say this is a very good example of a northern European Mellow Coffee. Strong but smooth.
I have been enjoying every cup I have been drinking. The best part was when I first opened the bag. The aroma from the ground coffee was so enticing and rich. Again I was not expecting this from a German coffee. I was plesantly suprised with the wonderful aroma that was waifing out of the opened bag. As I measured the coffee into the press, added the water then waited for the coffee to be brewed. I was not sure what to expect from this brand of coffee. after I poured this into my cup and prepared my coffee. I took a sip and smiled. Yes, this coffee made me smile. I was so nice to relax and enjoy this brew. As I do quite frequently I grabbed my iPad and started to play a crossword puzzle. I might not be that good, however I really enjoy the challenge of a good word game. This was the perfect morning. No Work, some good music on the headphones, a challenging crossword puzzle and great coffee. Life could not get much better at this moment. Ahh.
Yes you read that right – the actor that was House MD also (Blackadder & Jeeves and Wooster) – is a wonderful musician. I bought his albums from Amazon MP3 Store – The First album I bought was his “Didn’t It Rain” – Then I also bought his fist Album – “Let them Talk” – Or here is a list of all of his albums.
I am just awe inspired listening to his music. I just love the NOLO Blues- This is a Classy Jazzy Blues – I love both albums, but If I had to pick I would pick the second Album – “Didn’t It Rain” as my favorite. You can really see that Hugh Laurie really loves this music, and it really shows. His piano playing and a great blend of sultry voices makes this a great album to listen to. This album besides featuring Hugh Laurie – it is augmented with great performances from Gaby Moreno, Jean McClain and Taj Mahal. It is hard to pick one song from both albums that I really didn’t enjoy, but I would have to say from “Let them Talk” I really enjoyed St James Infirmary.
Today I learned about an instrument called the Chapman Stick – It been around since the 1970’s. This musical instrument is freaking awesome. What can I say. I love innovative things. This really is a cool instrument that looks like a guitar, but played like a Piano. Seems to be harder to master then the piano as this instrument has what is called texture. Take a look as the following videos, and you will see what I mean. The Chapman stick is fully customizable to the player. It has incredible pickup and only a slight touch of the strings makes some beautiful music. I will let the following videos speak for themself. ENJOY.
What is a Chapman Stick by Emmett Chapman
Jazz Improv – AZUL
I just learned today (TIL) about Jerry Seinfeld’s Productivity Secret. It really is quite simple to follow or do. Get a yearly Calendar. Something like this one. Here is where you can keep track of something you want to change. Say you want to dedicate yourself to exercising, or taking a photo a day, or as Jerry did an hour of writing each day. When you accomplish that for that day you get to cross off that day with a marker. You want to keep the chain of days going and not skip any. This keep you motivated and see your progress. If you want to learn more about this technique. Take a look at Lifehacker’s Article on Jerry Seinfelds Productivity Secret. What a great little tip to get you working towards your goal.
Kalita Kantan Drip – This is a crazy, but very cool easy to take with you coffee drip system. Kantan means “Easy”, and this really is very easy to use. A fellow coffee lover gave me a couple to use, and they really work quite well. I will have to order me a some more to keep these on hand to take some in my to go bag.
To make a fresh cup of drip coffee with this
1) fold down both sides
2) fill with some ground coffee 14g of it. (I premeasured and put in a ziplock sandwich bag)
You can also portable burr grind with the Hario Mini Mill coffee Grinder
3) us a good kettle to heat up some water.
4) slowly pour into filter as this can only take a little bit of water at a time. Total time for it to drip is about 3 to 4 mins
Now if I could find an easy to take with you water kettle. :-) I know that is asking a lot. The one I use is a Bonavita Bona Voyage .5 Liter Electric Kettle.
Still doesn’t beat the Aeropress coffee Maker – But this really is quite portable. This can almost be used as a bookmark in a hardback.
Here is a project I can get behind. I have backed about 10 different Kickstarter Projects and this is another one of their amazing ideas put into actions. I am backing the Ultimate Backup Battery. There are three different units. I backed the 11,250 mAh Battery pack. It is stated to only take 4 to 6 hours to charge and after fully charged it can charge an iPad 1.5 times and an iPhone 7 to 10 times. This unit can last between charges too. I read on their Facebook page – a 6 week test – from freezing to 120 degrees and different altitudes. The unit only lost 1/4 of its battery power. This is mainly due to the slight circuit that checks the battery usage. I used to use the Zagg Spark – but after using it for about 9 months it failed to do any charging. They were nice enough to replace it – but the replacement unit soon failed too. 3 days past their warranty period for the replacement and I was told I would need to purchase a new one. I loved having a nice battery pack around. Long Drives, Sitting outdoors listening to music, may places there are no outlets. So I am placing an order for the Ultra – HighCapacity “The Expedition” with dual outputs. I think I am going to order the Black one. To allow me to make a few nice vinyl cut stickers to place on the unit.