1000 Faces Coffee

The most recent Angels’ Cup beans come from 1000 Faces Coffee.  Again another Ethiopian coffee which according to Google Maps is close to Guji Highlands where many of my previous coffee beans originated from.  The smell of the beans is similar to the beans from Guji.  It’s very nutty and floral with what I think are very subtle earthy aromas at the same time.

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Making my latte, I taste this smooth, refreshing, chocolaty finish at the back of my throat.  Additionally, I also get hints of berries and peach mingling with each sip.  Compared to some of the other beans though, I feel like Ethiopian beans no longer have that “wow factor” anymore compared to when I first received them.

What I’m really looking forward to is tasting the Angels’ Cup special Geisha beans.

Market Lane Coffee

These coffee beans come from Australia’s Market Lane Coffee.  Upon opening the bag, a pleasant aroma of berries and chocolate fills the immediate area.

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Coming from Ethiopia’s Yirgacheffe region, I’ve had quite the privilege to taste other roasters beans that also came from this region.  To be honest, they all taste relatively similar to each other.  Some of the bigger differences comes from the lingering after taste or with the amount of nuttiness.

To me, after making  my latte, a delicious chocolate aftertaste lingers at the back of my throat.  This is one those beans that I enjoyed just sipping slowly.

 

Maui Grown Coffee

During the holidays, I received quite a lot of coffee.  This one came from Maui and is very much a dark roast.  According to the person who gave me these beans, the beans were grown on old lava beds.  As you can see these came from the Maui Grown Coffee Company.

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The beans have this strong earthy/burnt aroma.  I think the dark roasting of these beans imparted a very “burnt” aroma.   After grinding the beans and mixing hot water in the Aeropress, I noticed that the resultant slurry consistency was much different from previous beans.  The crema froth and coffee slurry looked different from what I was used to seeing.  Out of curiosity on why it looked different, I skimmed the crema into my cup prior to pressing out the espresso concentrate.  It turns out the crema contained had a lot of ground coffee particles trapped in the crema froth.  I don’t know if the coffee particles affected the overall taste of the latte.

When I drank my latte, I get a strong nutty flavor that overpowers all initial aromas.  After the first sip, the after taste that lingers at the back of the throat morphs into a pleasing chocolate flavor and aroma.  This transformation makes these beans very easy to drink.

Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo is a Japanese organization consultant who’s extremely famous for devising her “KonMari” method.  In short, the method describes a way to organize items, determine if the item sparks joy and subsequently appreciate/thank the items that have accumulated over the years.  Items that spark joy with the owner are kept while those that no longer do should be discarded.  My interpretation is that the KonMari method is a mindfulness and introspection technique applied not only personally but also to the items that surround us.

Netflix has this new show that stars Kondo helping different families organize their lives.  Kondo is absolutely bubbly in each of the episodes.  This show is an absolute pleasure to watch.  Her happiness and exuberance in helping the families also makes me happy as well.

 

Go, the board game

Netflix has had this documentary called “The Surrounding Game” which discusses Go.  Go is perhaps one of the most complex board games to exist today.  It is an imported game from Asia most originating in China spreading to Japan and Korea.  Today there are professional leagues in Japan, China and Korea where all the top players will go to in order to train to be better.

I personally find Go the most fascinating board game of all.  The simplicity of the game is what attracted me to the game but the complexity of the game is what keeps me entranced in it.  When I got my first Android phone, the first purchase I made was for AI Factory’s Go Game App.  I had downloaded the free trial and played the game once and immediately bought it because I was thrilled that I could play this game on the phone.

A couple of comments from this documentary that I found interesting:

  • The documentary stated a wish that Go would be more popular in US.  But since Go is an intellectual game, Go and other intellectual games like chess will continue to take a backseat to games that require physical prowess.  Furthermore, until the “nerd” status is elevated from a derogatory to an adulatory term, the idea of an intellectual game that is popular will never happen.
  • A Korean pro mentioned that it’s very difficult for there to be US pros starting at an early age because kids don’t study.  In Asia, kids study for 10 hours. But in US, they can’t even study for 5. lulz
  • Apparently there are American Go pros since 2012.  It’s when this documentary was created.

2019 Resolution

My 2019 Mantra: Discipline is Freedom. This is from Jocko Willink’s book Discipline Equals Freedom.  I realize I need be more disciplined with my diet and my workouts to be successful in losing weight this year.

  • Lose weight.
    • Intermittent fasting does seem to work for me.  I lost weight this Christmas when I was eating at my own schedule.  But I realized I need to be much more disciplined.  I’ve been experimenting on fasting cycles too.  I’ve been able to eat one meal a day as well as 2 meals within 8 hours.  But I can’t decide which fasting cycle is ideal.  I honestly have had a difficult time trying to adjust the eating/fasting cycles so that the fasting cycles coincide with normal working hours.
    • As part of this weight loss program, I’m going to consciously add 1 day a week of relatively moderate weight lifting exercise as well as core training.  This will be recorded in the journal.
    • My goal is 10 lbs/ quarter.  By the end of the year, I will be approximately 220 lbs.  I’m currently at 260 lbs.
  • Fasting / Food Journal
    • I intend to log my fasting start and end time for the full year.
    • I intend to log a food journal as well too.
    • I intend to record the weight lifting and core exercises.
  • Read 4 books.
    • Obesity Code by Jason Fung
    • Wooden by John Wooden
    • What’s Mine is Yours by Rachel Botsman/Roo Rogers
    • Priceless by William Poundstone
  • Travel three times this year.
    • Planned: Okinawa/Taiwan
    • Within US, I’d like to visit New Orleans, Seattle, Atlanta, Houston.
    • Outside US, I’d like to visit Australia, New Zealand, Iceland.
  • Play 1 hour of Piano a Day.
    • Learn all three movements of the Moonlight Sonata aka Piano Sonata No. 14 in C♯ minor Op. 27, No. 2.  I actually know most of the 1st movement but I don’t play it enough to remember.

 

It’s 2019!

Discipline is Freedom!!

Let’s do this!!!

2018 In Review

After the personal events that transpired in 2017, 2018 doesn’t seem all that bad.

Most importantly, I passed the PMP exam.  Secondly, I started working again.  I finished 4/6 books.  I am on track to finish the 1 Second Every Day project.  I was able to travel twice despite unemployment for a length of time.  And if you count a weekend road trip up to Bay Area as “traveling” then I traveled three times this past year.  My weight was decreasing but started increasing again when I started working.  Overall, I hit a few personal goals but also failed to finish a few as well too.

2019 goals to come.