How do you like my coffee set-up? I was inspired by the cafes in Silverlake and Echo Park that charge $6 for a cup. I watched mesmerized as a barista clad in an apron performed an intricate ritual no less mannered than a Japanese tea ceremony. Hot water poured from a kettle with a long thin spout, resembling a watering can, moistening the paper filter, allowing it to submit to the porcelain cone. The barista scooped a precisely measured dose of freshly ground beans to the filter and proceeded to water the grinds with the watering can. A glass jug collected the drips of steaming, black liquid.
The barista filled the jug to a quarter inch, let it settle motionless then poured the offensive starter coffee out. The newly emptied jug received the optimal brew which I enjoyed moments later after its transference to a mug.
I have professed my love for ritual in this blog. I crave and invent new ones all the time. As such I have been wanting to make a porcelain coffee cone to replicate this ceremony at home. My first attempt bore an overly small vessel that did not properly hold the paper filter. I often forget the extent to which porcelain shrinks during its two firings.
Yesterday I took home my second ceramic coffee strainer and its matching cup. I used them this morning to brew organic, fairtrade coffee from Trader Joe's. The cookie is also from Trader Joe's. It's only sold around Christmastime and is called peppermint joe joe.