misstep #1 by omar
poor omar. we’ve lived here less than six months and in that time he has broken two french presses. he is definitely not clumsy and i totally blame the ceramic kitchen sink (don’t buy one…).
misstep #2 by both of us
long after the remains of the first french press have been carted away and just after the remains of the second are good and gone, guess who finds out that you can buy replacement glass carafes for your french press? that would be me. you can actually buy multiple spare parts for your trusty french press. you can even buy a neoprene french press cozy from this site i never knew about. then again, why would anyone want a bland neoprene cozy when you could have one of these?
misstep #3 by alton brown
alright. we are alton brown fans in this house. omar is even 5 recipes into his goal of completing all the recipes in his new book this year. and it’s only january 3. the steak was great. the fried leftover mashed potatoes were excellent. the scrambled eggs that included some rather painfully detailed and over-the-top instructions were wonderful. the coffee? horrible. to break in (ha!) the new french press and knock another recipe off the to-do list, we decided to follow alton’s coffee instructions. we even pulled out the digital scale, people. the proportions were fine. the killer? he has you add salt to the grounds to take away the bitterness. and not just a pinch. now isn’t part of the enjoyment of drinking coffee that slight bitterness that accompanies it? heed my warning – don’t ever try this.
misstep #4 by wendell berry
not coffee related but indeed a misstep. while listening to an interview with wendell berry, asher overheard him say the word “stupid” and just about lost it. it’s a no-no word in our house (though asher tries to get around this by substituting the word “snoopy” in context) and even i have been corrected by my 2 year old. i doubt mr. berry is ever corrected much for his language but there you have it.