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Obsessives - Coffee

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Published on Aug 5, 2008

Arno Holschuh, barista at Blue Bottle Coffee in San Francisco, discusses the big and the little: the surface area of the bean, the thousand small cuts that will kill your espresso, and why Starbucks is not so bad.

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Comments • 150

CoffeeLiberal
i didnt know george clooney moonlighted as a barista
rob m
Hes a typical up his own ass barista, not making good coffee seem accessible to anyone.
asdfrozen
+Michael This one's less so, actually. He's talking about what you can do at home to make a good cup of coffee without any special equipment (e.g. use that special drip machine or a french press instead of a standard coffeemaker, grind your beans at home which you can do with a really cheap grinder, etc.). None of it seemed particularly pretentious. And you have to realize that whoever's in one of these videos is basically nerding out over this stuff (and in this case it's his livelihood). It's like talking to a software developer about code or a physicist about quantum mechanics or an athlete about a sport. 
Michael
This entire CHOW series is like that.  For some reason, I find that it makes these videos more endearing to have people of varying interests all talk down to me.
SuperTugz
I like to make my coffee in a French press.  Fresh coffee beans, I've come to enjoy Costa Rican and Ethiopian coffees the best, COARSE grind for a French press is best, heat the water to 195-200 degrees F, don't bring to a full boil though...cover and let it brew for about 4 minutes, stir, press, pour...delicious.
McFarland Knives
I found the dollar store instant coffee from india is the best I have ever tried
Sunny Dee
nestle?
dacow95
brand?
Vasily Leung
he even speaks like a barista
appleintosh
My parents bought a $1,500 espresso maker a few years ago and it makes possibly the best coffee you can make a home. All you do is pour beans and water into the holding tanks and touch the screen and it makes coffee to order. 
salchiflas
+Stefan Sigfinnsson a super automatic and the best do a 7- coffee for me, you can make better stuff with a 100 but it's worth if u dont want to spend any time on this. Just dont call it the best...
Stefan Sigfinnsson
+appleintosh What machine is that ? I've yet to have better coffee from such a machine than from a Hario V60/Kalita Wave types of pour over or my Rancilio Silvia espresso machine.
KITTEN for BUNNY
when will it be standard to address mycotoxins?
Timothy Thomas
not the dave asprey bullshit again. What a sham artist that guy is! If you are indeed worried about mycotoxins, coffee is the last place to start.
Lord Farquaad
Tea > Coffee Prove me wrong. Coffee makes you shit, is super acidic and terrible for the body, and utilizes slave labor for production
pdude1911
Good old Chow :-)
Kris Balocca
Ah, the humble beginnings of Blue Bottle.
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