Reading: Home is a Mug of Coffee

I have spent many hours this summer working on my household coffee ritual. I have added a dosing funnel and learned to use a paper clip to remove hidden voids by stirring the freshly ground coffee in my portafilter.

Some steps forward I have made with the advice of Peter, some I have made on my own.

Some have been planned, and some, like relocating the entire coffee setup and adding a knock box, came about serendipitously as a result of other projects such as painting the cabinets.

It is odd that the coffee beans I am currently using are a bit dark and sometimes OK, and sometimes too much for me and through it all I get the sense I am moving along in a successful manner.

And so this article I ran across today resonated with me. I am similar to the author in that I find myself in my journal writing ” I never feel like I am doing enough” but more importantly, I know my journey is the same ” to learn to love each day”.

The author’s subtitle is “it takes a lot of percolating to become your own person” …


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Weldon Wagon Trail

Bear was out in the woods and meadows today on the Weldon Wagon Trail.

Oldest BEAR trick in the world, take the sign down and get one hiker to miss trail then eat them, and put sign back later so nobody suspects anything. I have seen this trick before and I just pretend I got lost. Going to be a bit more mindful in the future
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PDX Coffee Outside

Last Friday I went to my first PDX Coffee Outside

Apparently, this is now catching on, this whole having coffee outside thing 🙂

Chill group

Picture included if I figure out this new editor as well as Relive

PDX Coffee Outside

Relive ‘PDXCoffeeOutside’

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Instant Coffee: Trying the “Best” from Wirecutter


Wirecutter ran an article recently comparing instant coffees and while BearNakedCoffee has traveled with Starbucks Via Ready Brew Columbia for some time, this fall/winter I decided to try a new product.  I like the recommendations from Wirecutter and have found them to be sound, and read the “Why You Should Trust Us” section each time.

From their review

After spending a dozen hours doing research and interviewing experts, and following up with outdoor athletes and guides we had enlisted as testers—who, with instant coffee in their packs, hiked in New Mexico, camped in Colorado, backpacked across the island of Corsica, and road-tripped across the US—we vetted 14 different instant and device-free coffees. While none can approximate the work of an artisan roastery, Mount Hagen Organic Single Serve Instant Coffee offers a mild, smooth cup that will satisfy most palates at a reasonable price per cup.

Our pick

The best instant coffee

Mount Hagen Organic Single Serve Instant Coffee

This mild, smooth coffee balances price with a taste that pleased most of our testers.

$10* from Amazon (25-count)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $6.

Mount Hagen instant coffee received a “best of the instants” rating from more of our testers than did any of the other coffees for a reason: It has a mild, smooth flavor without bitterness or too much acidity. This German-roasted instant is among the most affordable coffees we considered. It is also the only instant coffee in the lineup that’s certified to be fair trade and organic (more about what this might mean below). None of our testers found the flavor of the Mount Hagen offensive—a miracle in the instant coffee world. While Mount Hagen is not going to compete with what your local roastery can accomplish, it’s a great balance of quality, convenience, and price.

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