A Bespoke Beverage


(The Aldo Rossi designed 8 cup French press for Alessi, through Lumens)

Ian Fleming, and his creation James Bond are very much on my mind these days. Fleming and I share a birthday, and tomorrow, the 28th, marks the centenary of Ian Fleming’s birth. Fleming (and therefore Bond) had their own brand of cigarettes. The Morland’s specials were a blend of Balkan and Turkish tobaccos and the filter carried three gold bands, indicative of Fleming’s (and Bond’s) rank of Commander in the Royal Navy. I can’t imagine anyone doing something like that these days.

Well, that’s not entirely true. My latest endeavor is developing a special blend of coffee for the house.

This began when I visited my local coffee shop/roaster for a pound of their “Stir Crazy” blend. As a member of their coffee club, the pound (my twelfth) was free. Now, I really like “Stir Crazy,” a blend of Brazilian Santos and French Roast, and so I asked the shopkeeper to mix me something I might like as much. We settled on a blend of 1/2 French Roast and 1/2 Sumatra, which I brew in my French Press to great results. The bold hit of French is softened by the smooth finish of the Sumatra.

I’m intrigued. Or as the perspicacious Mrs. E. puts it “obsessed…” She’s right. After all, I like the Stir Crazy blend just fine. But maybe 2/3 French and 1/3 Kenya AA…

Give it a try. Why settle for whatever comes in the vacuum bag at the local supermarket? Mix your own house blend. Me? I’m just starting to think about the bag….

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