Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Opus 2015-81: The King’s New Coffee Maker

I am not impressed by gourmands and connoisseurs. 

Partly I understand that I do not have a discerning palate.  For instance, I can tell a really bad cup of coffee and a really good cup of coffee but I am not sure I can rate the blends in between. 

Partly I don’t think that they have discerning palates, either.  I think it is more an attempt to sell people on their superiority.  It is like a coffee taster’s version of The Kings New Clothes.  So much depends on subjective preference rather than objective taste.

Coffee snobs are a good example.  I have a pound of Brazilian Fancy Santos beans that I bought at Baltimore Coffee.  The bag has a lot of PR on it.  At one point it tells the customer, “We do not recommend ‘gold’ filters, as these pass fats & acids that paper holds back.”  Sounds good.

But wait a minute.  On the box for the French press was the claim that this was the best method because there was nothing to hold back the essential oils the gave the coffee its rich flavor. 

Which is it?

And how long do you let the coffee brew in the French Press.  When I was learning the method and researching on-line how to use it, the wisdom I found was that brewing over three minutes would begin to make the coffee bitter.  I broke my press and bought a new one.  The box said let it brew four minutes.  Three minutes or four?  Which is it?  I experimented and found that four minutes made the brew stronger so it was really a matter of taste. 

Or in my case, a lack of taste.

homo unius libri

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