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Comment by Randall Smith 11 hours ago

Happy Labor Day. Fresh perked coffee to wash down my hot oat meal (with red raspberries).

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Friday

@ Don--

Good to know about letting the water drop below boiling temp. I'll give it a try.

Comment by Don on Friday

Check out Kone, too, Randall (link below).  Perked coffee is boiled coffee.  Some prefer it.  Others declare it a sacrilege.  Coffee aficionados, of course, insist that boiling water should never be used to make coffee. 

The National Coffee Assn. says:

"Your brewer should maintain a water temperature between 195 - 205 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal extraction.  Colder water will result in flat, underextracted coffee while water that is too hot will also cause a loss of quality in the taste of the coffee.  If you are brewing the coffee manually, let the water come to a full boil, but do not overboil. Turn off the heat source and allow the water to rest a minute before pouring it over the grounds."

Comment by Randall Smith on Friday

I'm an old school percolator user. Picked up a replacement at Goodwill when my old one wore out.  Melitta drip? I'll have to look that up. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Thursday

@Don - my preferred method of 20 some years is Melitta drip with freshly ground coffee. No electric paraphernalia ever, and I can't bear reheated coffee.

Comment by Don on Thursday

Just idly wondering how folks here make their coffee.  Thirty years ago I used a 50s vintage Farberware percolator, which still works.  (There are some who still swear by this method, while others deplore it.  "Boiled coffee?  Are you serious?) Then I used a French press.  Then a Braun drip machine for a long time.  Now I use a Kone drip filter in a Chemex carafe.  Best yet. 

Comment by Randall Smith on Thursday

Joan, I "threaten" to relax more--sit out and read, etc., but somehow, I find a weed to pull or a flower to deadhead, or ......! Instead of watching mice, I watch birds. Whatever, enjoy nature and life!  By the way, at last word, the rains didn't appear to damage my farm kids' crops as much as feared. Whew. Get well soon (foot).

Comment by Joan Denoo on Wednesday

Randy, your sunflowers and lovely outside room look so inviting. Not more rain, you have had quite enough. Are your kids going to survive the loss of their crops? Terrible experience! You are lucky to have a hygienist-daughter! I suppose you learned all the reasons to floss after each meal. That is the lesson I learned from my dentist, former husband. 

Mindy, how did moving day go? She's all settled in and ready for the challenges of college! 

Richard, I'll join you in a cup of coffee ... long distance. 

I am taking a day or two off because of a sore that developed on my foot and isn't healing properly. Well, that is my version of why I am taking a day off. I have my computer, and Kindle loaded with a whole stack of books to read, and I sit under the tall sunflowers just beginning to drop their blossoms. The squirrel came over to sniff at my foot the other day, I wonder if it is because of the Vicks Vapo-Rub the podiatrist ordered to treat the fungus that overwhelmed my finger and toe nails after chemo? It is so pretty outside this week. The temperatures are in the low 80s, a nice breeze, full sun, and expected to last all week. My water feature drops a nice steady drip that attracts birds, and a mouse scampers across the patio from time to time between the bird feeders. I don't notice him unless I am quiet and reading. Movement out the side of my eye attracts my attention. They really are cute little rodents. I kill them if they get in my garage and house. Shame on me, attracting them and then murdering them. I did change my bird feeders so that not so many seeds drop to the ground.  

Comment by Randall Smith on Wednesday

Dentist visit was long and tedious. Need to return to replace a lost filling. I've noticed I'm not drinking as much coffee this summer. Too hot.  Hump day. Hope you get over it!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 25, 2014 at 7:23am

Hi everyone. Dentist day today. My daughter, a hygienist, will clean my teeth. I'll probably freeze in the office with their AC. Not used to it. Have a good week.


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