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  • Friday 27/01/2012:

    Every now and again the unthinkable happens.

    Dragging one’s self out of bed is one of the hardest chores life has to offer, especially on exceptionally cold mornings. The smell of coffee brewing makes it more bearable, the first cup makes it worthwhile. Filling the pot with water, only to find you’re out of coffee is untenable.

    Hot chocolate doesn’t work the same on slow synapses, it’s better for lulling one to sleep at the end of one’s day. Tea makes a poor substitute as well, being more conducive to conversation during a break in the day’s activities. Alcoholic beverages are a no-win situation when applied to starting a productive day, and orange juice, (virgin screwdrivers) only go well with breakfast after one is fully awake to appreciate them. Missing morning coffee leads only to withdrawal, and makes the mind fantasize about all the ways coffee can be enjoyed.

    Today’s staple coffee preparation involves little effort, great for rough mornings that are slow to start. ‘Mr. Coffee’ style coffee makers are mostly automatic, that is they can be set up the night before, and set to make the coffee before you rise. They make an acceptable cup that will stimulate you into consciousnesses efficiently. There are many methods for making coffee though.

    Coffee deprivation this morning has caused me to wax nostalgic as to the best ways for preparing coffee, that I have experienced throughout my life. Most took a little effort in advance of being capable of lucid cognitive endeavor. Acting fully functional early in the day is not an easy feat, but in some instances, well worth the effort. Every method for preparing coffee, from espresso to Arab coffee, not to forget Vietnamese methodology, results in it’s own unique flavor.

    I personally love ‘camp coffee’ boiled in a metal percolator over a fire. This method makes a cup of smoky flavored Joe that drip makers can’t compare to. My all-time favorite is though, Louisiana roadhouse style. The coffee grounds are boiled directly in the water, without a basket or filter, with several rinsed eggshells crumbled and added to the grounds for sweetening. When the brew is sufficiently incorporated, a dash of ice water over the top serves to sink the grounds, and clarify the coffee. The flavor is so much more intense, and has an almost caramel overtone, making black coffee easily acceptable to even those who like cream and sugar.

    This isn’t getting me anywhere, I’m not waking up. I’m thinking a nice glass of warm milk, then back to bed. Maybe someone will get some coffee while I nap.
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