EDC Update – New Wallet And Tritium!

May 21st, 2014

Not a lot has changed, but what has are nice additions! The ice blue tritium fob finally arrived, and after switching out the split ring to a smaller one, it’s happily living on my key ring. You can also see the True Utility Key Ring system put to use here. Tritium is a radioactive material, and will glow for 10+ years with no additional light source. The radiation isn’t strong enough to make it through the tiny glass vial embedded in the poly carbonate shell, so no worries about getting sick off of it. Heck, even then, I don’t believe the emissions are even strong enough to go through human skin. You can see the glow below! Sorry about the noise, I really could have cut back the ISO, but I wasn’t up for pulling out the tripod.

Ice blue tritium fob

As for the wallet, the Fossil Syd ID card case was my choice. Build seems good, holds a decent number of cards, and although green wasn’t my first choice in color (was hoping for blue or black), it’s growing on me. There are 3 slots for cards, a clear ID panel on the back, and a center slot for a small amount of cash. It’s pretty compact compared to the tri-fold I was using before. I find more and more that all I carry/need is cards, and a bigger wallet isn’t necessary. This comfortably holds my debit card, credit card, 2 loyalty cards (PC Plus and Costco), my health card and my ID. I still have room to spare for others, and can switch in and out depending on what I need. Really happy with the wallet so far – My only gripe is the window in the ID panel. I might end up removing it if it gets damaged, as I think the ID will sit in there just fine without it.

 

Hopefully another update soon.

The Beginning Of Something: Victorinox Swiss Army Knives

Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Classic SD

The above Swiss army knife is my first, and definitely won’t be my last. This thing is absolutely indispensable. At 2 1/4 inches long, it pretty much disappears in your pocket, but is ready to strike for those small tasks that are just easier with the use of a tool. The pen knife is a great size for cutting tape on boxes and opening letters. The file is great for maintenance on stray nails, and the tip doubles as a small flat head screw driver. One may think those tiny scissors are useless, but considering the sharpness, they’re great for removing stray hairs and threads from clothing, or in a pinch, taking clippings from news papers or magazines. The tweezers and the toothpick are some of the more controversial tools on the diminutive iconic knife, and I lean toward the useful side of things. That toothpick is used regularly for cleaning teeth after a meal, and the tweezers I find are great – Awesome for the occasional splinter.

I don’t know who owned and used this daily before I had it, but that doesn’t matter a whole lot. They seemed to take good care of it, and beyond some wear on the scales, the tools appear to be in great condition. I cleaned up the scales with some 800/2000 grit sandpaper, and although I couldn’t remove the tiny pits in the Cellidor plastic, it just gives the thing some character. eBay is a great option for used Swiss army knives, but if you’re the type to buy new, the Classic SD goes for between 10 to 20 dollars on Amazon and in most stores. If you’re interested in buying, here it is on Amazon. I’d openly recommend this basic little tool for anyone’s key chain, regardless of how useful you think it is. Once you have it and know it’s there, you’ll find yourself using it daily.

What’s next? I’d love to start a Victorinox collection. There are a bunch of different Swiss army knives I’d love to have. I think I’ll start by replacing the above Classic SD with a MiniChamp (Same length, more tools, has a pen). My list of “to buy” Victorinox knives after that includes:

“Alox” (Aluminum oxide scales) Cadet
“Alox” Pioneer
“Alox” Farmer
2008 Soldier (I’d keep this in my backpack)
Sportsman
Cybertool 34
Ranger
Spartan
Rambler

And that’s just getting started. Really I can see my collection growing from there. The idea of the Swiss army knife to me is just really cool. Jack of all trades, master of none, and a compact package. They have an air of prestige about them as well, considering how long they’ve been made. I’m sure I’ll be posting more photos in the coming months.

New EDC Gear

Just a couple of new additions in regards to EDC came in this week. First up, the True Utility key ring system that showed up with my 5.11 Tactical Rush 12 bag.

True Utility key ring components

Above are the components of the key ring system, not attached to the split ring that came with them. I personally wanted this setup mainly for the key shackle, however the 1 inch spring gate clips are also really handy for adding and removing gear. The spring gates are pretty strong for their size, and I haven’t lost any gear off of them yet. The key shackle is probably the best part of the setup though. Consisting of a metal band and a screw, the shackle holds up to 5 keys (I have 4), and it feels like it cuts the size of the key chain down considerably. People have noted they have concern for the screw, however I feel it’s plenty secure, and really can’t see it coming loose for a long while. For the 10 bucks I paid on Amazon, I feel I got my moneys worth. I’d highly recommend the purchase if you’re looking to organize your key chain effectively. Check it out on Amazon here.

 

Peanut lighter

On top of that, I received the “peanut” lighters I ordered from Deal Extreme. It’s basically a really tiny waterproof Zippo style lighter. They’re 2 inches long and actually have a bit of heft to them.

Cap off

 

With the cap off here you can see the tiny wheel and wick. The insert pulls out, and you can fill the cotton insert like you would a normal Zippo style lighter. As far as I can tell, the wick and flint are replaceable, meaning these can go for a decent amount of time. Considering the feel of the build too, it seems like it should last. The only thing that worries is the rubber o-ring, but that should be replaceable if ever necessary.

The flame

As you can see, it has a pretty decent flame. It’s easy to light, only normally taking 1-2 strikes. Unlike a Zippo, there isn’t a chimney/wind break, so it’s not going to be wind resistant. Considering the size however, it doesn’t matter a whole lot to me. My only gripes with it are the lack of a flat bottom – You can’t sent it on a flat surface without it falling over. Since I ordered 3, I might try flattening the bottom of one to see if it’s possible. I’d recommend this as a good backup lighter. Even if you don’t smoke, a lighter is always worthwhile to carry around. The rubber o-ring also means you’re not going to see your lighter fluid evaporate over time. If you’re interested in ordering but are looking for a North American source, I’d recommend the True Utility version from Amazon. Check out the product here.

I have a bit of stuff that should be arriving next week, including more spring gate clips, small Nite-Ize s-biners in metal and plastic, and a tritium key fob in ice blue. On top of that, I ordered a couple of Munroe “mega dangler” clones and a Kingston MicroSD reader, but these aren’t tracked. If I’m lucky, those will be here next week too.

New Lego

Lego AT TE Walker

 

Just thought I’d post the latest build – A Lego AT-TE! Picked it up at Walmart for a whole $35. Awesome fun to build – Makes me miss my childhood Lego collection. The droid tank on the left was one of the sets that Karyn got me for Christmas. Figured this would make a nice little diorama. Hoping to add more in the future!

An Obsession With EDC

Once again, the obsession bug has bitten me, and it’s in the form of “EDC”. EDC is an acronym for “every day carry” – AKA the stuff you keep on yourself day to day. This might be as simple as keys and a flash drive, or as complex as an entire backpack full of goodies, but whatever you’re carrying is going to help you solve problems and improve your day to day activities. I figured I’d share what I normally carry and my thoughts on it all.

EDC for May 11th, 2014

Knife: Kershaw 1760 Skyline. A good knife is a good companion. Something larger than a pen knife will handle most larger cutting tasks, from rope to apples. The Skyline is made from Sandvik steel, has a single liner lock making it very light, and sports textured G10 scales. The knife is durable and lightweight, And doesn’t look overly tactical, making it a bit more friendly to the public. Wish they made a left handed version, but it’s easy enough to open and close with my left. I’m a huge fan of the understated look of this knife, and the lack of assisted opening makes it even less threatening.

Flashlight: Maglite Solitaire LED. Quite honestly, I haven’t looked into flashlights a whole lot, but the Maglite Solitaire LED is plenty bright for what I need it for. It runs off a single AAA battery, full metal housing, and is weatherproof. It’s a twist loose to turn on light, meaning you’re less likely to activate in pocket. The head will also come off allowing the light to act as a candle. 37 lumens is a bit on the low side for an LED flashlight these days, but I’m not going to complain for $15 and available locally.

Flash drive: Kingston DT108 4GB. Not really anything to say about this other than it’s compact. I’ll be swapping it for a Kingston MicroSD reader and SD cards which I’ll keep in a pill fob.

Multitool: Leatherman Squirt PS4. Extremely tiny multitool, but includes spring back pliers, a pen knife, a two sided file, large flathead screw driver, small flat headed screw driver (also works as a phillips), bottle opener, and scissors. It’s built well, packs a ton of features and has a good warranty. This can conquer just about any small task I might need it for daily.

Keychain: Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Classic SD, Gerber Shard, LRI Photon Freedom Micro, and keys, all on a aircraft grade stainless steel wire. The Vic is a used one that I picked up on eBay, cleaned and refinished the scales. It still shows a bit of wear, but the features are plenty and it’s pretty useful for personal grooming. The Shard is one of the great tools to come from Gerber, functioning mainly as a pry tool for me. The bottle opener works pretty well too. The Photon Freedom Micro is a great little keychain light that supports variable intensity, and comes programmed with a few different flashing settings. It also stays on without holding down the button.

Not pictured: Wallet, phone, Etymotic HF2 IEMs.

On the way I have a couple of pocket danglers to make things easier to retrieve from my pockets, a sweet little tritium key fob, some peanut lighters, an aluminum pill fob, some Nite Ize S-Biners in metal and plastic, a True Utility Key Ring System (mainly for the key shackle), and some other assorted goodies. My “EDC” will evolve, and I’ll be sure to post some pictures and thoughts on my changes. I have a 5.11 Tactical Rush 12 backpack on the way too, so once I get my backpack all kitted out, I’ll be sure to drop a review of that.

 

Phone Updated

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Finally up to date when it comes to Android. Figured I’d do something productive today and update. Still using my Galaxy Nexus, I decided to wander away from stock again and picked up LiquidSmooth 3.0. It’s based on Kitkat 4.4.2, making me up to date with the latest version. Along with LiquidSmooth, I also went ahead and flashed Fancy Kernel for some added quickness/stability. It was surprisingly quick too! I really could have done things just with the phone itself, considering I was able to install TWRP recovery from their app. After that, it was just a download of the latest ROM, Google apps, and kernel, boot to recovery, and queue up the files to flash.

My reasoning for updating is a bit silly. I was just tired of the OTA update notification, and too lazy to get rid of it. I suppose the added advantage of this is I get a faster phone with newer features. Lastpass, my preferred password manager, recently released an update for their Android app, allowing autofill to apps and Chrome. Autofill to Chrome was only supported on Android 4.3 or higher, so that’s another good reason. Also, why didn’t I play with DPI scaling before? 280dpi makes it feel as though I have a lot more room on my homescreen. May switch back to 320, but I’ll give 280 a try for a bit.

Getting Started With Coffee

 

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Coffee can be expensive. It’s really unavoidable. There is a crazy number of brew methods on the market, and they all vary in price. What a lot of people don’t see however, is that a quality setup is actually a lot cheaper than they think. My starting gear was a Hario mini mill, and an Aeropress. That was plenty enough for me to get bitten by the coffee bug, and it kind of ballooned from there. Of course, for someone just getting started, finding a solid source for what you need and don’t need can mean a lot of reading. I decided to collate what I’ve learned over the past year and put it into one big post, to help others who are just starting.

Getting Started: The Gear

There are many different ways to brew coffee, some very cheap, some very expensive. I’ve decided to throw together a couple of pieces of gear that are multipurpose and easy to get the hang of.

Scale: Why is a scale important? You want to measure things by weight. Weight is the most constant way to measure something. The volume of coffee may change based on the roast level, size of bean, etc. What does this mean? A tablespoon of Colombian coffee beans is going to weigh differently than a tablespoon of Ethiopian beans. A scale makes your results more repeatable. Any scale will really do, as long as it’s accurate. It can be gram accurate, or .1 gram accurate, it doesn’t matter a whole lot when it comes to brewed coffee. The big thing is to make sure it weighs to an adequate weight, it’s accurate, and it doesn’t time out and shut off too quickly. You may also want to look for something that’s quick. I recommend the above scale, the AWS-2KGA, mainly because it’s pretty reliable, fairly cheap, and operates on either AC or battery. This makes it rather portable, but at the same time something good for the counter top. Bonus: Scales are great for baking too! Just like coffee, a cup of bread flour weighs differently than a cup of all purpose.

Grinder: Grinding fresh is very important with coffee. Coffee begins to “stale” as soon as it’s ground. More surface area exposed means more rapid oxidization. Grinding fresh means a better tasting cup of coffee. Of course, you could go for a blade grinder, but that just smashes coffee inconsistently and generates a bunch of heat. Unevenly ground coffee leads to poor extraction, which means bitter and harsh coffee. A better option is a conical burr grinder. Good electric options are expensive, and you may not want to invest in that when you’re just starting. Luckily, there are manual options. My recommendation is a Hario Mini Mill. It’s slim and portable, grinds to a pretty wide range, and is good for about 30 grams of coffee. Grinding that much takes anywhere from two to four minutes, depending on how quickly you grind. The perfect thing to do while waiting for your water to boil. The plastic body is pretty durable, and the ceramic burrs grind consistently, and should stay sharp for a while.

Brew Method: As stated above, there are many different ways to brew coffee, all with different tasting results. I’ll cut to the chase and just provide my recommendation of the Hario V60. It’s a cheap option with the plastic cone coming in around 10 dollars, and it teaches patience with coffee. It can be a bit frustrating at first, however once you get a method down you can get some pretty fantastic results. The V60 can do anywhere from one to two cups, so it’s even perfect if you want to share with someone. I’d recommend the plastic over the glass or ceramic, as you don’t need to worry about heat loss, and the molding process seems to make more pronounced ridges than what you see on the ceramic or glass. Now, there are many different, more beginner friendly options than the V60. Something like a Clever dripper is basically set and forget, or you could even look at a Bonmac or Melitta cone. I believe the V60 is going to be the better option though, as it’s going to teach you more.

Kettle: A vessel to heat and pour water is also a very important investment when starting coffee. Any kettle will really do, heck, even a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup and a microwave is fine. My recommendation however is a gooseneck kettle. A gooseneck is going to give you a lot more control over the speed and intensity of your pour, which is something that’s going to improve the V60 a lot, as it lets you control the speed of your brew. This carries over into a lot of other pourover methods such as the Chemex and Kalita Wave. A basic gooseneck is fine, and really not that large of an investment at about 35-40 dollars. Of course, if you want to combine your pouring kettle with your day to day kettle, Bonavita offers electric versions, both a basic one and one with variable temperature control.

The above is what I would consider a really good starting point for someone who is really interested in better coffee. The scale, grinder, and kettle are usable for other brew methods too, so you’re not stuck with the v60 if you decide it’s not your cup of tea coffee. The above recommendations should come in between 100 and 120 bucks. Pretty serious, but when you think three of those four things you won’t need to buy again, it’s not so bad.

Getting Started: The Coffee

My biggest tip is finding a local roaster who roasts to order. Most of the stuff that’s on a grocery store shelf has been sitting there for a while. A nice local roaster who roasts to order is going to be the biggest quality improvement in your coffee. Chances are pretty good too that the roaster you find is going to be very helpful in recommending beans to try. Most people in the business are very passionate about what they do, and love to talk about their product. What to choose? Blends, single origins, whatever, it doesn’t matter. Just get fresh roasted quality coffee beans and you’ll be fine. I’d recommend if you’re buying, to get enough coffee to last you around two weeks, and no more than a month. Even in whole bean format, coffee still stales, and even a month is pushing it on the quality side of things. If you can buy weekly, do it. Oh, and try new things. The great thing about coffee is there are a lot of different areas in the world where coffee is grown, which leads to a lot of different flavor profiles.

Getting Started: Brewing

There are a few things you want to keep in mind regardless of your brew method, the first being your water source. Clean filtered water is going to result in a better cup of coffee, as you don’t have to worry about chlorine or any other funny tastes mucking up the flavors of your coffee. Bonus: Cleaner water means a cleaner kettle. No mineral deposits, less cleaning. On top of clean water, you’re also going to want to remember to rinse your filters, which has the added benefit of warming whatever vessel you’re brewing into. Finally, keep in mind your ratios. You won’t know what’s perfect for you until you experiment, however for me, a 17:1 ratio is what I consider the best. What does this mean? For every 17 grams of water, I use 1 gram of coffee. Depending on your preferences, you might prefer a 16:1 or an 18:1. Heck, you might even prefer something completely different. Oh, and keep a timer/calculator handy. You have a smartphone, right? Perfect.

The actual process with the V60 is pretty easy. The technique is what takes time to master.

Weigh your coffee/heat your water: With the above setup, you can weigh your coffee right into the mini mill on the scale. While you’re weighing and grinding your coffee, you can also start heating your water. The ideal grind size for the V60 is about the same as table salt. Grind your coffee and set it aside. By the time you’re done that, your water should be boiling.

Rinse: Shut off your burner and rinse your filter (which is hopefully sitting in the V60 on top of your brewing vessel) with your now boiling water. Don’t be shy, you can’t over rinse. You’re doing double duty by heating your brewing vessel and rinsing away any paper taste. When you’re done this, empty your rinse water, set everything up on the scale, and zero it. Add and level your coffee, maybe making an indent in the center. You’ll need to experiment to decide what works best for you. Don’t forget to zero again.

Pour: By the time the above is completed, your water should be between 195 and 205 Fahrenheit. This is the perfect temperature range for brewing most coffees. You can start by adding a bit of water for a bloom. This is a pre-infusion that allows CO2 gas to escape from the beans, and wets them for better extraction. You’ll probably want to start your timer when you start pouring. My recommendation is about twice as much water as there is coffee, however, use as much as is required to just barely wet the grounds. You’ll notice the coffee is getting rather bubbly. This is a sign of freshness, and should be something to look for when brewing. Once your timer hits around 30-45 seconds. start the rest of your infusion. Slowly add water in a circular motion, being careful not to hit the sides of the filter, and try not to stay in the center. The addition of the rest of the water should take another minute or so, and your final brew time should be between 2:15 and 2:45. When all the water is gone from the filter, you should see a nice flat bed of coffee grounds.

Enjoy: Pretty self explanatory. Remove the V60 from your brewing vessel, and enjoy. Smell it, taste it. Fresh and properly extracted coffee shouldn’t be very bitter, and you’ll probably find flavors you don’t normally notice. Keep in mind, coffee is a lot like wine, developing a palate can take a long time, however the results of a fresh cup are going to be noticeable even to a beginner.

Troubleshooting: It’s inevitable that your first few cups with the V60 will probably be less than perfect. It’s a big learning process, however keep in mind there is a lot you can adjust. Finishing the brew too quickly? Try grinding finer or pouring slower. Too slow? A coarser grind may be in order. Seems flat? Maybe your water wasn’t hot enough. Try changing one thing the next time you brew, and see where it goes. If you’re serious, try keeping notes as to what worked and what didn’t. Once you develop your technique, perfect cups will start coming every time you brew.

The above post would really be what I was looking for when I started. Multiple sources and exhausting research can really turn someone off of something so great. Once you have the gear and a basic brew method down, enjoying good coffee on a daily basis is easy and fun. Expanding based on what you already have is easy too. I hope this helped you get started with coffee, and I hope to expand on this post at a later date.

New Coffee For March, And New Gear!

marchcoffees

 

A new month, a new batch of coffee from Cafe Eureka! This month I was once again adventurous with my half pound choices. Along with my full pound of Ethiopian Kochere Teklu Dembel, I also grabbed half a pound of Yemen Mokha Mattari, a Colombian microlot grown by Jose Amir Medina, and some Flores Bajawa Ngura. I split an order with my friend Eric, so I also grabbed 25 grams of the Cuban Turquino from him. So far I’ve done the Cuban in the Chemex, which was fantastic – Very tea like peppery finish. I’ve also done the Ethiopian and the Yemen in the V60. The Ethiopian is very fruity with those nice hints of caramel and butter, with the Yemen reminding me of chocolate, smoke, stone fruit, and when cooling, a bit of grape. It’s going to take a bit to get used to the v60, but overall it’s fun.

coffeegear

 

On a side note, I’ve also received my Eight Ounce Coffee order. I’m not pretty well kitted out as pictured above. I don’t think there’s a whole lot else I want right now. As you can see above, I have a Bonavita gooseneck (from what I’ve read it’s actually more accurate than the Hario, and cheaper to boot), a plastic V60-02, an Aeropress, an 8 cup Chemex, a french press, a Bodum Santos vac pot, and of course my AWS 2KG scale. I might replace my current press with a Bodum Chambord or an Espro, but beyond that I think I’m set for gear until I hit espresso, which won’t be until we find a larger apartment.

Lenovo G510: Surprisingly Powerful Affordable Notebook

G510

 

Prior to me graduating college, Karyn was using a Dell Inspiron 10. The Atom powered netbook was woefully under powered, but she did what she could with it, and it lasted her for a good long time. After finishing my work term with M&VT computers and finally graduating, my beloved Timeline X made it’s way into her possession. Compared to the netbook she was using, this thing was a dream. It soon started running hot however, as he liked to keep it on her lap on a blanket. Although it did have the dual fan exhaust system, it still wouldn’t keep itself cool enough when it was pulling in dust and hair. I found a way to disable the AMD GPU on board through a BIOS modification which was quickly done, and that made things a little better. The Seagate Momentus XT started getting some read/write errors in 2012, which was replaced with yet another Momentus XT. In 2013, the fan started going in the notebook, and although it would work and cool just fine, it was a lot louder than it should have been. The port for the power adapter also started failing, making it connect/disconnect rapidly unless adjusted properly. The battery was also starting to go, only holding about 2 hours of battery life compared to it’s previous 6-9 hours, this of course due to it being kept plugged in all the time.

The final nail in the coffin was just recently. The notebook started bluescreening randomly, not reporting any battery status, and shutting down under load. (I later found out why… One of the pins holding the processor heatsink to the motherboard became un-soldered, causing it to sit loose.) It was finally time to put the beast down, so off I went shopping. I spent a good exhaustive 2 weeks looking at notebooks from various retailers, and finally found one within the price range that met the requirements of Karyn:

  • 15.6″ screen or larger. Resolution didn’t matter. She was tired of the 13.3″ screen on the Timeline X.
  • As fast as the Timeline X. She was used to an i5-430m. It’s not slouch, even today.
  • More storage space. The 500GB Momentus XT was getting a little tight on the Timeline X.
  • Keyboard with number pad.

So, I found the Lenovo G510 at Futureshop for $499, and I’m honestly pretty impressed with the specifications:

  • 15.6″ 1366×768 LCD display.
  • Full size keyboard with number pad.
  • Intel Core i3-4000m (This actually benchmarks faster than the i5-430m) with HD4600 GPU.
  • 8GB of DDR3.
  • 1TB HDD

Overall, quite impressed. It’s a lot thicker and heavier than the Timeline X was, however it meets her needs. It’s also pretty impressive in my books. Just some quick notes on the actual machine from what I’ve noticed:

  • New style power adapter. Looks like USB. Seems like it’ll wear a lot better.
  • Surprisingly decent viewing angles considering it’s a lower end machine.
  • Build quality is good, however that may just come with the thickness/weight. Very few areas of concern.
  • Performance on the i3-4000m surprised me a lot. Very fast hyperthreaded dual core.
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports. Great for taking advantage of the 2TB Western Digital external we have. Also has HDMI and VGA output. Will be nice when adding another monitor.
  • Maintenance is a piece of cake. It’s actually just 2 screws, and the entire back cover comes off, giving access to processor/heatsink, RAM, hard drive, DVD drive, and wireless card.
  • Battery life is much better than expected, all thanks to the Haswell Core i3. Average use is looking at around 5-6 hours.
  • Also thanks to Haswell, it runs extremely cool and quiet, even if it’s getting the blanket treatment. Almost tablet like, really.
  • Webcam is good, LED that lights up when it’s in use.
  • Some bloat to remove, but less than expected. She seems to be adapting to Windows 8 just fine.

I’m hoping this machine lasts a good long time. With the ease of maintenance and decent build quality, I’m assuming we’ll have no trouble for the near future.

New Coffee Gear Soon!

Another year, another bonus. After bills were paid, and a new laptop purchased for Karyn (RIP Timeline X, you will be remembered), I had a bit of cash flow left over for some things for me. Not quite enough for something like a new ultra-portable ultrabook, or a Nexus 5, but enough for some of the coffee equipment I’ve been looking to get a hold of. This should really do me over until I start looking at serious espresso, which should be no time soon.

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I’ve ordered an 8 cup Chemex (pictured above) along with the filters for it, a Hario V60-02 in plastic with the filters for it, and a Bonavita gooseneck kettle. The Chemex and the V60 are both pour over methods of making coffee, however they offer widely different results. The Chemex filters are much thicker and remove a lot more sediment, and the pour is generally more foolproof, whereas the V60 filters and design rely a lot more on pouring technique when it comes to the result of your brew.

Also, a quick shout out to Eight Ounce Coffee here in Canada. It’s been my pleasure to deal with them for any of my coffee gear! It seems as though every time I order I find a little issue, and of course this time was no different. This isn’t a bad thing though, as their customer service is fantastic. When I ordered, Paypal was able to complete my purchase, however the website returned an error. Jen from Eight Ounce Coffee promptly replied to me, offering a technical explanation of the issue, refunding my Paypal purchase, and advising me to redo my order. For my issues, she said she’d throw in some free swag! No issues with that at all. However I do have to wait for Paypal to clear the funds, which will hopefully be Monday. Really looking forward to receiving my Chemex, V60, and kettle. Hopefully I can get some pictures up of the brewing process.