J.P. Chan 

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My Coffee Habits

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I’m been a coffee addict since my teen years, but it wasn’t until about four years ago that I finally optimized the process for flavor, cost, and time. Until I find something better, here’s what I’m currently doing:

Coffee at home: Organic Fair Trade Ethiopian Yirgacheffe beans from Coffee Bean Direct. I grind the beans in an inexpensive Braun blade grinder and make the coffee in a Chemex eight-cup coffeemaker. This coffee will last in the fridge for a few days and can be reheated or served iced.

I might try a fancier burr grinder if I ever get the spare cash. Every now and then I’ll try different beans to mix things up, but I always come back to Yirgacheffe.

Coffee at the office: I keep a stash of ground beans from home in the fridge at my office. I make the coffee in the pour-over style, with a gold filter and a plastic holder and drink it iced.

Coffee out: Despite what you’ve just read, I’m not a snob about coffee so there’s lot of places I can enjoy a good cup. I just try to have it in places where I know the coffee won’t be too weak or too bitter.

But if Roasting Plants were everywhere, I’d probably be going there exclusively when I’m not at home. I love the coffee selection there and the vibe is like an amusement park for java addicts.

 

Mohamed of Lenox Avenue

Mohamed of Lenox Avenue

Just wanted to give a shout-out to the man who, in an average week for me, cooks almost ten percent of my meals.

Mohamed of the Palomino halal truck at 116 St & Lenox, thank you for feeding me so well. And yes, I really do want extra extra red sauce.

 

What I Drink When I Drink

What I Drink When I Drink

You may know I don’t drink alcohol. But until now you didn’t know the real reason why: once you drink Trump Ice, no other beverage will satisfy.

(Everlasting gratitude to my brother JJ Chan for this gift of gifts.)

 

Sodastream Anxiety

Sodastream Anxiety

As far as I can tell, there’s no way to know if you’re near the end of a Sodastream tank. Is there a name for the anxiety that comes with this uncertainty?

NO points for answering “first world problem.” None whatsoever.

 

My Blueberry Mornings

My Blueberry Mornings

As the Kool Aid Man might say, OH YEAHHHHH.

(Fairway Cafe, Manhattan)

 

The Very Best

The Very Best

(Mister Softee, 44 St & 5 Av, Manhattan)

 

Cafe Flotilla

Cafe Flotilla

We interrupt this blog to bring you an imp– HEY EVERYBODY, COFFEE FLOAT!

I don’t know how I got hooked on these things — and definitely don’t know how to unhook myself.

(Bklyn Blggng HQ)

 

Old School Dining

Old School Dining

You gotta love a place where the salad bar has green jello right next to kim chee. This place is old school in all the best ways, down to normal-sized plates and cups that were common before the era of super-sized everything. I hope this place is here forever.

(Wailana Coffee House, Honolulu, HI)

 

Mysterious CCC

Mysterious CCC

The first rule of Chinatown Cake Club is you do not talk about Chinatown Cake Club.

I forget exactly what the other rules are, but fortunately there’s none about photography.

(CCC, Manhattan)

 

Xmas in Ctown

Xmas in Ctown

(Deluxe Food Market, 122 Elizabeth St, Manhattan)

 

Dim Sumptuous

Dim Sumptuous

(East Manor, Kissena Blvd, Flushing)

 

Festive Fountain

Festive Fountain

It may be a gathering before the Chocolate Fondue Fountain comes out, but it’s definitely a party after.

(Weehawken, NJ)

 

Buffet Infinitude

Buffet Infinitude

I think the appeal of places like Ichiumi is as much to look at food as it to actually eat it. Either way, you’ll have fun.

(Ichiumi, 32 St & 5 Av, Manhattan)

 
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