Alkaloids are cool!!!!
My favorite is:
I've enjoyed it when delivered via a fine cigar, but I've never really gotten into:
I've never used or needed to use:
And I'm very glad I have never used:
And I'm very, very glad I have never ingested:
Of all of these, caffeine is my favorite, and in my opinion, the only proper caffeine delivery system is coffee. I love coffee. As far as I am concerned, the lasting legacy of the 1990's will be what I call the Starbuck's effect. The consistent and far reaching proliferation of coffee shops around the world has been a fascinating event.
Along with this ready source of a latte, the ultimate coffee drink, the availability of high quality coffee beans is 100% awesome. Even here in Minnesota, I can get some of the best coffee beans around... almost. In my opinion, the best coffee beans in the world (based on my survey which probably covers 0.0027% of all coffee beans in the world) is Peet's Coffee.
I was introduced to Peet's coffee in 1994 when I was a graduate student at The University of Nebraska. My advisor had done a post-doc in Berkeley. One of his best discoveries was Peet's Coffee. Peet's coffee + internet + UPS = excellent coffee anywhere. Try it sometime. It truly is the best.
Of all of the many ways to perform an aqueous extraction of the coffee beans, my favorite is the French press pot. Very simply, course ground coffee is steeped with hot water and a strainer pushes and holds the grounds on the bottom of the pot. Bottom line: it makes the best coffee.
Here's my press pot:
Today I'm drinking French roast from Caribou coffee, a local coffee venture. Here is 4 scoops of coffee ready to be extracted:
After adding hot (not boiling) water, the concoction is mixed and allowed to steep for 4 minutes (usually this is more like 1 or 2 minutes):
After 4 minutes, the plunger is pushed down and the grinds are sequestered to the bottom:
Then, time to pour and drink:
oooooooo, that's a good cup of joe!!!!