The good stuff

My friend, Mathias, knows a thing or two about coffee. When I found out that he was coming to stay with us for a few days in August, I bought a Chemex coffee maker in the hope that he would teach me how to use it. He did, and I’ve been having a lot of fun with it.

I’m not much of a coffee drinker – probably why I never learned how to brew a proper cup – but I am a breakfast maker and eater, and when I have people over for pancakes or custard-filled corn bread, it’s nice to be able to offer them a cup of the good stuff. Much better than my previous modus operandi, which consisted of me apologetically nudging a French press and a bag of (cover your eyes, Mathias) pre-ground coffee in the direction of my guests, and having them make it themselves.

Earlier this week, Mathias published a coffee gear guide on his blog. It’s a great resource if, like me, you’re just starting out, so I wanted to share it with you.

Some other things to kick off the weekend:

:: Karrah Kwasnik’s photography. I met Karrah last night at a PechKucha Night in Portsmouth, where she presented her work. This woman does amazing things with film. Correction: Not film! She shoots in digital, prints the negatives on transparency paper, and makes the images using the Van Dyke Brown printing process. In other words, Karrah is even cooler than I thought.

:: Mr. W. Poor guy. (Thanks for this, Kasey.)

:: This beautiful essay by Marisa about her “imaginary mentor.” I think it’s important to have those.

See you next week.


Anne said...

Thanks for the coffee gear link! I'm clueless when it comes to coffee and have been thinking of getting a Chemex for months, so that is helpful.

la domestique said...

I'm not a coffee drinker (though my husband is), and I am so intrigued by the chemex coffee maker. Very cool!

linda said...

your posts have always been & continue to be interesting, thought provoking, "yummy" & fun! i think that mia has brought another (wonderful) dimension to your writings.

Gail said...

I'm definitely not a coffee connoisseur--I am pretty happy with prepackaged coffee and an auto-drip coffee maker but I still feel superior and look down my nose at those K-cup drinkers, LOL.

Carolyn's mom

megan said...

Oh, Jess - the loveliest things...thanks for sharing!


Barbara said...

My mother used a Chemex coffee maker every single morning. I don't drink it, but they were fussy coffee addicts so I can say with confidence this is a great system.
(Of course my daughter swears by the press!)

Clarice said...

Your site looks amazing! What a surprise when I came over this morning. Beautiful work.

Marisa said...

I adore my Chemex! Such a good way to make coffee. And I'm so flattered that you like my Laurie Colwin post.