Cafe Mocha on the Cheap

I confess.  Over the years I’ve had relationships with multiple espresso makers. The longest fling was with a Wega MiniNova which unfortunately developed a leak that never got fixed.  If money were no object I would have quickly replaced it with another Wega.  In the meantime, while saving my pennies, I’ve come up with pretty good solution.

The good news is that for about $35, accessories not included, you can buy an AeroPress to make consistently good espresso.  The bad news is that it takes 10 minutes to make one cafe mocha, or at least that’s how long it takes me.

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French Baguettes, Just Shorter

Have I mentioned that baguettes are my nemesis?  I have yet to bake one that I’m happy with.  This recipe is currently a work-in-progress and will be until perfected.

Why is the recipe here in the first place?  Well, it’s not like the bread is bad. It tastes great, and the crust has good color and is crunchy. I’m after a baguette with a lighter crumb, one with larger random air pockets than it currently has.  The baked loaf needs to look better too.

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