With Christmas just a week away, I decided to put together and publish this little winter/christmas/new year’s-themed playlist. You can listen to it below or, if you’re a Spotify user, you can click here.
Over the past couple days, I’ve been having a multitude of emotions: from happiness to sadness, excitement to annoyance, love to contempt; from feeling awesome to feeling bad, feeling accomplished but at the same time worthless. All my energy has gone into these feelings that I haven’t found the energy to post here lately.
It’s only December 11th and already we’ve had a accumulation of snow and numerous days of below freezing temperatures. All before winter has even had a chance to start. I don’t know about you, but I’m not looking forward to being outside this season. (Props go to realfriendsband for inspiring the graphic above with a quote from “Anchor Down”)
So I guess that means more time spent inside, and that means more time for DIY and recipe posts!
Know someone that loves their C8H10N4O2? This may be the best thing on the market to get the coffee loving chemists in your life (like me!)
It is the Hario Tabletop Coffee siphon! Here’s how it works:
The siphon is a time-tested brewer that blends theatricality with unparalleled quality. Two glass chambers are suspended on a tabletop stand, filled with water, and heated by an open flame. The expansion of hot air in the lower chamber forces water upwards and keeps it “floating” above. Coffee is then added to the top chamber, where it’s steeped in hot water for a relatively short amount of time until it’s filtered on the way down. When the flame is extinguished, the cooling air in the lower chamber allows the coffee to fall below. Complete immersion of the grounds results in a complex and intensely flavorful cup, while the cloth filter keeps it smooth and free from undesirable sediment.
I would like to buy one for myself but now’s not the time to be selfish. Are there any coffee-loving chemists that would love to have one of these?