my espresso certificate

I think the last time I got a certification of some kind that wasn’t related to my job was when I took (and passed) a Wilderness First Aid course in Boulder about ten years ago. Well, here’s another. I just finished a week long Intro to Espresso course. Come on over if you’d like a… Continue reading my espresso certificate

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espresso tonic

I’ve been on a roll of sharing cocktail recipes, but here’s something non-alcoholic. It’s an espresso tonic. I made this the easy way, after abandoning a James Hoffman video halfway through. No, I’m not going to make my own tonic syrup. Ingredients: 4 ounces tonic water – Run-of-the-mill tonic water isn’t good enough for James,… Continue reading espresso tonic

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Cherry Appleseed

Time for another alcoholic drink I invented. I’m sure I can’t be the first to mix these things, but let’s just pretend it’s true. It’s summer, and that means light and fruity drinks. I bought a bunch of fresh mint at the farmers market, and decided it might go well with the Colorado Cider Company… Continue reading Cherry Appleseed

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Todd’s chile colorado

I saw a delicious photo online the other day. It was some chile colorado that a professional chef made, and it looked wonderful. So I decided to make some of my own. Here’s my recipe. It requires an InstantPot and a strainer and a blender. Ingredients 1 pound beef chuck roast stew meat 15 dried… Continue reading Todd’s chile colorado

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my Campari cocktail

OK, in reality, I invent cocktails all the time. I love experimenting in the kitchen, and I love experimenting in the bar. I recently acquired 7 more different types of bitters (including Peychaud), Campari, Herbsaint, and Heering cherry liqueur, I’ve got a new world to discover. So here’s what I made last night. It was… Continue reading my Campari cocktail

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new cocktails

I don’t have much to say, but I did learn to make two new cocktails this weekend. For the first time, I made a Negroni and a Sazerac last night. They were good. I think I liked the Negroni more. I’ve had both at bars or restaurants, but never had the ingredients or inclination to… Continue reading new cocktails

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my current coffee setup

I know you didn’t ask, but I’m sure you care. Espresso: Flair Pro 2 Flair Royal Grinder (manual burr) Single-serve: Aeropress (copolyester) or Aeropress (polypropylene) Multi-serve: no-name Chinese double-walled steel French press with double plunger mesh or V60 knock-off Current beans: Thump Nicaragua Rise Up Organic Maryland Coffee Cold brew: I leave that to the… Continue reading my current coffee setup

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guess where I’m from

Last week, some folks at work were talking about the “right way” to pronounce “Colorado”. Is the “a” pronounced like “hat” or like “ah”? That led someone to share this nifty web app that asks you a bunch of questions about what words you use for things and how you pronounce them, and then attempts… Continue reading guess where I’m from

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