On my Mac the ‘Open With’ list in the context menu keeps filling up with duplicate entries for apps. Not really sure why it keeps happening but I keep forgetting how to clean it and then not being able to find the solution again.
So this is how to do it:
Enter this into terminal (this is on 10.8 the file path might be different on other version of OS X):
/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user
I have also created an alias for this in my bash profile:
alias cleanopenwith='/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user'
The AeroPress is my favourite coffee brew method right now. It just makes such a good, smooth cup. It somehow seems to make most beans taste better than the other methods at my disposal.
However I find my current method to be great. It’s probably a bit of a mix of various methods I have been told or read (or it’s exactly one I have read and just think I have made this, I just can’t remember).
- Boil the water.
- Measure 15g - 16g of coffee (this varies depending on the coffee. Grind the beans, finer than for filter but a coarser than espresso.
- Put the plunger in the AeroPress so the bung is just fully in, so to around the 4 mark.
- Once the water has been off boil for a minute or two fill the AeroPress without coffee. This heats the AeroPress and lets your wash the filter paper at the same time.
- After a minute or so put 2 filters in the cap and attach to the AeroPress and plunge over the sink.
- Reset the AeroPress and put the coffee in.
- I have no idea what temperature the water is but it usually has been off boil for around 5 minutes by this point.
- Fill the AeroPress with water so the bubbles are just at the lip.
- Stir a little to make sure the grounds are all wet and start the stop watch, stirring for about 10 seconds.
- Leave for a minute.
- Stir for 10 seconds.
- Leave for another minute.
- Give it another quick stir.
- Put the cap on, hold a strong cup over the top and invert the whole thing so the AeroPress is now standing on the top of the cup.
- Plunge, but stop before the air comes out.
- Rinse AeroPress off.
- Add some more water from the kettle to fill the rest of the mug.
- Allow to cool a little, drink, enjoy.
I used to really dislike coffee (as my brother keeps reminding me when I try to push for better coffee at my parents). Now I really like coffee and for that I mostly blame my good friend Andrew Duncan.
The Early Years
The earliest I can remember actually having a coffee I liked was probably 1997/1998 when we went to Canada on holiday. I’m fairly sure I had a coffee Frappuccino type drink which was likely from Starbucks. I probably enjoyed this because it was cold, sweet and full of milk so took away the bitterness usually associated with coffee. I think from then I probably started to drink coffee on occasion at home; instant with lots of milk and sugar.
I’m fairly sure my parents had ground coffee either on a Sunday with breakfast or for special occasions. My brother and I always enjoyed plunging the cafetiere (who doesn’t, it’s the best bit if you’re not drinking it!). I’m sure I had some on occasion but I have no good memory of it.
The University Years
Mostly instant, but more of it. I got a little desktop coffee machine (although older that that one, with only one tiny mug) as a present so needed some actual ground coffee. It worked pretty well for a tiny cup of coffee and sure helped for 9am lectures.
In my third year someone in our house got a drip coffee machine so that was good for a while.
Once I got a job I was persuaded to get rid of the instant and go for the pre ground from the supermarket. I generally ended up with the Qualità Rossa blend from Lavazza and sure remember enjoying it. It all started to build up from there.
I started ordering fresh roasted but ground coffee from Has Bean. Then I got this awesome hand grinder and obviously started ordering whole beans. I got an electric grinder (although it’s the older version now, the Maestro Plus) last year and it’s great.
I use the SwissGold by far the most. It makes a good cup with very little effort and interaction. This is extremely handy first thing in the morning as I am rushing to get out the door. The AeroPress is my favourite though. It makes such a good, smooth cup.
I generally get my beans from Has Bean, the best beans with the best service.
I go for a different coffee every time just to try them. Through a process of elimination I have come to find I enjoy the earthier coffees a lot more than the fruity ones. It’s a difficult thing to tell, as it’s mainly a description from the roaster as I can’t tell myself (most of the time) when a coffee would be described as fruity. Sometimes you can really taste a certain flavour though; there was this lovely one from Bolivia last year that had a great biscuit taste.
When I have a good cup with good beans I just drink it black. If it’s done right then it’s not bitter and doesn’t have any of the bad tastes. It can be naturally sweet and tastes great. Sometimes I get the need for a milky cup though and that’s good too.
So, I like coffee a lot. I only generally have one cup a day. It tastes great.