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#oneoftheseplease: week three
It's a hot fact that cyclists love coffee. Caffeine fuels many a ride (according to one source it's also the most popular drug in sport) and cafés provide ideal way-markers for any two-wheeled journey. Here at Rapha we certainly enjoy a coffee or two and with our Cycle Clubs serving exceptional espresso and the finest filter brews around the world, we like to think we know a thing or two. So, here's this week's #oneoftheseplease: dedicated to coffee-related wares for your seasonal salivation.
There were two events that were the conviction behind the need for the AeroPress. The first was John Prolly's post about adding it to his Touring Essentials and the second was photographer Dan Sharp whipping up an essential bit of black gold in the early mornings of Alberta, Canada with Alex Stieda. What is it with these photographers and their need for good coffee? Not that we are complaining.
For when you are not on the road, this is going to be your go-to cappuccino setup. This should also serve as an official launch as these are new products for us. You heard it here first. Designed in California these notNeutral cups have been perfectly formulated to maintain heat for the longest possible time. They also go extremely well with not only your local coffee, but their sister, the espresso cup.
Have you seen these clean looking stainless steel (double walled) vessels sitting around at your coffee shop and wondered what they are? Believe me, sometimes the scene here in Portland can get a little out of hand. Hailing from Canada, the Espro Press takes a stab at doing something that the traditional French Press pot of coffee cannot do: a clean, filtered, better tasting coffee.
The Porlex is commonly recommended by baristas as simply the best quality hand-grinder you can buy for its size. This stainless steel contraption is made in Japan and allows you to grind very finely for espresso and more coarse for a wide variety of filter brewing methods. It also features replaceable, ceramic conical burrs, so you get a much more even and consistent grind size — even compared to many entry-level electric grinders. It's available in a standard size and a mini version for travelling and conveniently, both sizes seem to fit snugly inside the base of an AeroPress. The side of the box says in Japanese: Anywhere, anytime, coffee time! — We can confirm this to be true.
The latest development in filter coffee technology, the Able Disk (fine version) and Kone are reusable, stainless steel coffee filters with thousands of tiny laser-cut holes and are made in the United States. The Disk is designed for the AeroPress and whilst the Kone was originally designed for the Chemex Coffeemaker, it will work with any other cone shaped pourover method that supports its size. From our highly unscientific experiments the both of these filters deliver a cleaner, tastier coffee with more body compared to using paper.
This object of beauty is another Japanese pourover method also made of stainless steel. The flat bottom of this brewing method and wave shaped paper filters allow for a more 'even' extraction compared to other paper cone methods (such as a Hario V60). This results in a fuller bodied and more refined coffee, and allows you to consistently brew a delicious coffee with less skill.
We teamed up with our friends at Chris King to produce this little beauty. Well, actually our good friend Tom from the American Barista & Coffee School designed the thing itself, which has been known to inspire purchasing from people who do not even own espresso machines. But, more on that later. We have had trouble keeping this in stock, so keep an eye out for #oneoftheseplease.
This past summer we spent some time on the road with the Rapha Mobile Cycle Club. This van of unusual proportions was stocked with the Spring & Summer clothing range and made its way through the country visiting cyclists wherever it went. It also pulled an unusual number of delicious La Colombe espresso shots from the back of the van. In conjunction with La Colombe we designed these limited edition caps that were produced through the summer.
Make sure to include a pound of your favorite local coffee with every coffee related gift. Your local shop makes for a personal touch. Side note: find out if your bike mechanic is into coffee, he needs love too.
See our Baristas article for some of our recommendations around the world.
There have been so many fantastic entries that we've decided to give out some extra prizes this week.
For the most interesting, unique and highly desirable gift requests:
Ben Saunders (@polarben) would like a Limited Edition Ural Yamal Motorcycle (equipped with oar)
Matthew Harrington (@harro_is_mint) would like a Typography Scrabble Set Limited Edition
Kevin Sparrow (@sparrow_kevin) would like a Hand-carved Brooks Swallow Saddle
For gifts made by Rapha, creatively requested:
Taylor Darsey (@txd1986) would like a new wallet. So we thought he might like a new Rapha Wallet sans the duct tape.
Alex Rose-Innes (@alexroseinnes) would like a Chris King Rapha Espresso Tamper which we are stealing off the resident coffee geek's desk for him.
Mr. Battery Collection (@chiasticon) picks himself up a Rapha H-Van Miniature for his future peloton collection
@magnusls would like a Limited Edition Rapha + Paul Smith Team Issue Jersey for Rapha Condor Sharp which we created to raise funds for victims of the 2011 Japan Earthquake.
@ecardinal would like her stolen Trek Transport back
Jeff Ernst (@TheJeffErnst) would like a 2-group Slayer Espresso Machine
@bmcginn would like a dream workshop set up
Jayme H. (@NotThatJayme) would like a Synergy Brewing Systems Microbrewery
We'll be sending each of these guys a Rapha Coffee Mug for their stimulating contributions.
Making sure we stay true to the coffee theme, we were also sent this by the astutely-branded Paniagua (@paniaguacc), who also seems to roast this also aptly named concoction of Brazilian and Costa Rican beans. We'll be sending you a Rapha Espresso Cup Set.
PANIAGUA (@paniaguacc) November 30, 2012
PANIAGUA (@paniaguacc) December 4, 2012
If you're not familiar with the concept of #oneoftheseplease, visit our blog for more information which includes details on how to enter our competition.
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