Today, I had this idea of recording a normal morning on the way to work. This idea comes from a university friend asking me sharing some photos of the streets in tokyo. I thought this also could a good source of photos to reminisce about a normal working day in Tokyo in the future.
This is the apartment in Yoyogi-Uehara where I had lived since 2009.
The street near my apartment
The Vietnamese Emabssy of Tokyo near my apartment
A group of pupils from a nearby kintergarden doing pink hats
Very well classifed rubish bins
An elder uses his “smart” chair to move around.
A blind woman with her Guide dog on the tokyo metro
Women only carriages of the Tokyo metro
A work spray water on the beautiful lawn of a park
This grinder will allow you to have an in-depth understanding of the espresso making process.
I bought it in USA at 299$ + tax. If you buy a new one now and import it to Japan, it will cost you around 40,000 JPY now. Since it is relatively new (3 months old), I am selling it at 29,800 JPY. Please comment below if you are interested in buying it, and if you live in Tokyo, please collect it at the station called “Yoyogi-Uehara”. If you live in rest place of Japan, I can post it to Japan Post and using paypal or other means such as Yahoo auction japan.
I can be reached via text message at 080 9277 1884
The reason why I am selling this machine is that I am leaving Japan.
Finally, you can see the video of how an espresso is made with this grinder and La Pavoni
Food has always been an important part of my family, or I would say every Chinese family. My mother comes from a small village in China, where simple but a large variety of vegetable are usually cooked. When I was young, I sometime complained about the food she prepared for the lack of variation. Then I grew up, and left home for university and I had to cook for myself. I started to realise that I should have never said such things to people who prepared food for you.
Mother’s day is around the corner, and I am very prod of her.She is the best cook of Chinese food in my heart.
The best way of refining yourself is learning from your mistakes; the second-best one is from somebody else’s mistakes. So from tomorrow, I will endeavour to read a book each month.
But why not reading blogs? Blogs are like McDonalds, which can be finished quickly without intense and heart-searching thought, whilst books are like 5 star fine dining restaurants, which require author’s deep reflection. Therefore, I am going to read a book every month from tomorrow. Start with
Where do I get my fresh coffee beans in Tokyo? The answer is that it’s not very easy if you don’t live in places where there are loads of coffee snobs like me. Most of the coffee beans you get from the coffee shops here only have the “best consumed before this date” tag on their package, from which you don’t know when the beans are roasted.
Having said that, you will find some cool café selling fresh roasted coffee beans in the trendy area like Harajuku and Shibuya. There is a place called “Rostery” between Shibuya and Harajuku, where you can find fresh roasted coffee beans on the same day. This cafe is spacious, and with its modern decoration, you can enjoy a coffee, cappuccino or latte with very comfort and relax atmosphere. There were staffs there tasting a line of coffee brewed from different beans when I visited there, making them really look like professionals.
Added to the in-house roaster, the lighting, the finishing, the wood interior and cozy terrace all create a fantastic atmosphere for café lovers.
My bottomless portafilter ordered from www.naked-portafilter.com has finally arrived home this morning from Hungary! Over the last a few weeks, I have been trying to figure out the problems why I am not able to produce rich crema of my espresso. Now I hope this is the tool for me to find out the problems, whether is dose or channeling or something else! At the moment, I suspect that uneven tamping which results in uneven extraction could have attributed to the lack of crema. But let’s see what I can observe from this tool.
I am all agog to see my perfect extraction with it! Please stay tuned with my extraction video.
This Hungarian company www.naked-portafilter.com is quite an interesting one, of which the website featured a quite professional video promoting their bottomless portafilter. The video is somewhat reminiscent of Apple’s promotion videos for their Macbook. Take a look the video below see whether if you find it interesting.
(You can’t see this video from China, as Youtube is blocked in mainland China)
Today, I bought a Bluetooth 4.0 dongle to connect my Logitech K760 keyboard. But I could not get it working with my Ubuntu system. Initially, I thought the Bluetooth adaptor does not support Ubuntu, as the product description says it only supports Windows… But lsusb shows the below output, which to me does not look like an OS issue.
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 03f0:0324 Hewlett-Packard SK-2885 keyboard
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 007: ID 0b95:772a ASIX Electronics Corp. AX88772A Fast Ethernet
Bus 001 Device 006: ID 0a12:0001 Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode)
After attempting to connect via the Bluetooth GUI, it gave me a passcode to type in on my wireless keyboard, which I proceed to do. It immediately gave me this error: ‘Logitech K760 failed to connect’.
After some googling, it turns out that the passcode from the Bluetooth GUI was bogus, the correct passcode can be obtained from the command tool hcidump! Goshi… After I typed the passcode from hcidump, it connected successfully!