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We’re approaching the end of our first Coffee Week, and it’s been a caffeinated spree on everyone’s favorite morning elixir (minus you heretic tea drinkers). If you still need a fix, some stories you won’t want to miss:
In my experience, most coffee drinkers tend to be nomads, forever on a journey to find their holy grail of caffeine. I’ve traversed the lands of canned Brim, French press, and Nespresso. I took a brief detour with a Rancilio Silvia machine that kept breaking, and then turned to cold brew. Currently, we subscribe to Cometeer, a service that delivers perfectly brewed espresso shots on dry ice. But I may someday return to my trusted Bialetti Kitty.
I talked with Erin Alexander, our inquisitive managing editor, who headed up Coffee Week, about her own coffee enlightenment:
“I didn’t really get into coffee until I approached high school and was starting to cram for APs and study for the SAT,” she said. “Then I got a car, which opened up the world of Starbucks drive-thrus for me. My order back then was an iced vanilla latte with exactly two pumps of vanilla—it’s not my go-to anymore, but there was definitely a time and a place for that.”
College in Berkeley broadened her coffee choices. She was introduced to Philz’s Mint Mojito coffee (“It’s like iced coffee with cream, sugar, and muddled mint leaves”) and South Indian-style filter coffee with her boyfriend’s family. Now in New York, she’s still making South Indian filter coffee (you can, too—here’s the low-down) and countless cappuccinos with her beloved Breville.
In Case You Missed It
It’s Warming Up. Let’s Eat Outside!
Here are a few things you might need, and that I not-so-secretly want:
From Our Shop
Last week, we launched Food52 Approved, a new monthly column in which we’ll put a bunch of products to the test. To kick it off, Genius creative director Kristen Miglore took on the controversial garlic press; Anthony Bourdain, for one, called the tool “an abomination.” As she wrote: “We asked the Food52 community on Instagram which life-improvers they most wanted us to review: It was garlic presses by a landslide.” Here’s her take on the best tool for turning garlic to pulp.
What I’m Reading
The White Album by Joan Didion—I was struck by a chapter on life in California in 1977: “As I write a fire has been burning out of control for two weeks in the ranges behind the Big Sur coast. Flash floods last night wiped out all major roads into Imperial County.” All so familiar.
What I’m Watching
- New Girl
- Cunk on Earth
The New Food52 HQ!
It’s taken us three years, some vexing shipping delays, and so many design decisions to build out our new headquarters in Brooklyn. You’ll be hearing a lot from me on this soon, but in the meantime, here’s a shot of my mom, Judy, testing out the sofa in my office—aka my very first office since we began 13 years ago!
Here’s to chilling like Judy,