What do you use your watches for? (Plus cat photos and some recent life craziness)

I recently started drinking freshly ground coffee as part of my attempt to fix my fucked back/neck/joints and my insanely bad fatigue/tiredness. - And I love using my chronograph feature as I learn the tricks of getting home brewed coffee to taste good.聽

In the past I always drank instant and I hated ground coffee because I only tasted it from a "french press" device that other people made for me. It just tasted like mud water and not nearly strong enough to wake me up.)

This is a french press by the way. Not my photo - I'm just using a regular cooking pot at the moment.

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And actually it's been a huge improvement since I started an "elimination" diet a few days ago. (Basically eliminating everything except potatoes and then slowly adding more foods to figure out if I'm allergic to something - because some of my symptoms were very similar to certain allergies.)

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聽My neck is still 7 kinds of fucked and I still need to figure out how to sit at my desk to work - but I'm suddenly able to walk across my house and go food shopping without feeling like I'm disabled.聽

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I also got this exercise bike for cheap from a neighbor a couple weeks ago and I went from being able to do 10 seconds a few days ago to 7 minutes yesterday which is fantastic for me.聽

It was getting so bad that I could barely put my pants on or wipe my butthole pooper. 馃槵

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As I jokingly mentioned in another post I was kind of annoyed that the bike has its own automatic timer built in because I don't get to use my watch for it - but it's actually very convenient and also estimates the distance traveled. 馃槄

I'm also seeing many doctors but over the past couple years I've been amazed at how little they seem to give a shit. I did meet one young one that seemed to care but she was an emergency room doc, not the regular ones I see.聽

I recently googled about this experience and read many similar stories from other people on Reddit.聽

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I get absolutely no advice from the docs unless I sit there and ask every question I can think of - and I get no recommendations for treatments unless I figure them out from another sources and then request them from the doc.聽

I learn almost everything from googling and asking in Facebook groups etc. Just grasping at anything to try to figure out some solution that works.聽

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It took a year for me to figure out that I can ask for an x-ray because every doctor until then just told me to take pain meds (which I don't see as a solution because long term the problem will get worse, my kidneys will get damaged and I might even get addicted which happened to a close friend of mine.)

Even after I eventually found out that there is a back specialist I can see - when I visited him he had the exact same attitude as the previous docs (no advice, just pain meds) and didn't tell me that asking for a CT scan was even an option. I heard about that from someone else and then requested it myself.

And every blood test I go to they seem to test the minimum number of things without telling me - then only if I ask they do more "expanded" testing - then I find out later that they still didn't test everything and now I need to go again.聽

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I'm sure there are also many good doctors around the world - but it seems that's maybe more rare than the TV shows would have us believe? 馃槙

Anyways. Let's hear how you use your watches - your timers - your alarms - Your world timers - Other complications?

I'll explain my alarms another day. That's a whole other can of worms about my asshole neighbor. 馃槄

Ouch, that sounds like a painful condition, really sorry you're going through that but it's great that you're taking steps to feel better, those doctors sound american :p they do the bare minimum and collect their paycheck from the insurance company.

Have you seen Brew watches? They're inspired by espresso machines and have markers to time your coffee, you should check them out.

I don鈥檛 have a chronograph yet, but I use the timing bezel on my Oris Aquis when grilling!

VictorAdameArt

Ouch, that sounds like a painful condition, really sorry you're going through that but it's great that you're taking steps to feel better, those doctors sound american :p they do the bare minimum and collect their paycheck from the insurance company.

Have you seen Brew watches? They're inspired by espresso machines and have markers to time your coffee, you should check them out.

Ah yes just saw them on that YouTube channel today. I forgot the name. Lol

聽Pretty nice watch but the fixed bracelet would kill my comfort.

And thanks yeah I'm hoping to get back to normal soon.聽

Like you, I use my watch to time my french press brew...

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and my pour over coffee brew...聽

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hakki501

Like you, I use my watch to time my french press brew...

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and my pour over coffee brew...聽

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Ah nice one. I started really researching how to make espresso at home but for now I'm enjoying the results so there's no need.

I was thinking maybe a moka pot but I'm not sure if the effort will be worth it. I guess I'll try it someday and maybe even get an espresso machine.

I'm not sure what you call it when it's just cooking coffee in water and then straining it though a tea strainer but that's what I do right now on a $0 budget. 馃槄

Love all the cats

Justingalore

Love all the cats

Me too 馃槉

Lol no worries.聽

I honestly started hating coffee around 7 years ago because I was addicted to it and still tired AF all day.

I hated being addicted to the ritual especially in the morning.聽

The solution is that you are allergic to cats.聽

CitizenKale

Ah nice one. I started really researching how to make espresso at home but for now I'm enjoying the results so there's no need.

I was thinking maybe a moka pot but I'm not sure if the effort will be worth it. I guess I'll try it someday and maybe even get an espresso machine.

I'm not sure what you call it when it's just cooking coffee in water and then straining it though a tea strainer but that's what I do right now on a $0 budget. 馃槄

Yup, try also a moka pot. It's worth it. Way cheaper than getting an expensive espresso machine. 馃憤 Your current immersion method is just like a french press.聽

To ensure you get better tasting coffee, try using these basic criteria:
1) Freshness - Coffee pouches that clearly show when it was roasted (Roast Date) indicate that the roaster cares much about the quality and freshness of the coffee you buy. Best to get those within 30days of roasting. This is way better than getting one from the grocery with a Best Before date.聽
2) Roast Level - Opt for a Light to Medium Roast. These are sweeter, more aromatic, more flavorful, and much more enjoyable, than the more common Full City, Dark, or French Roasts (which are more bitter and carbony in taste).
3) Grind - Also, it's always good to grind your coffee using a quality hand grinder (e.g. 1ZPresso, Commandante, etc.), or an electric burr grinder (e.g. Baratza, Brewista, etc.). This guarantees a more consistent grind size. Inconsistent grind size makes your coffee either too acidic, or too bitter, or the flavor is all over the place. Blade grinders are very inconsistent.
4) Water Quality - Best to use filtered or soft water. Usual tap water has too many minerals and cleaning agents, and definitely destroys the natural delicious flavor of your coffee.

Combine all these and you will definitely elevate and guarantee more consistently delicious results, whichever brew method you use-- french press, cone dripper, siphon, and moka pot. 馃憤 Cheers! 鈽

hakki501

Yup, try also a moka pot. It's worth it. Way cheaper than getting an expensive espresso machine. 馃憤 Your current immersion method is just like a french press.聽

To ensure you get better tasting coffee, try using these basic criteria:
1) Freshness - Coffee pouches that clearly show when it was roasted (Roast Date) indicate that the roaster cares much about the quality and freshness of the coffee you buy. Best to get those within 30days of roasting. This is way better than getting one from the grocery with a Best Before date.聽
2) Roast Level - Opt for a Light to Medium Roast. These are sweeter, more aromatic, more flavorful, and much more enjoyable, than the more common Full City, Dark, or French Roasts (which are more bitter and carbony in taste).
3) Grind - Also, it's always good to grind your coffee using a quality hand grinder (e.g. 1ZPresso, Commandante, etc.), or an electric burr grinder (e.g. Baratza, Brewista, etc.). This guarantees a more consistent grind size. Inconsistent grind size makes your coffee either too acidic, or too bitter, or the flavor is all over the place. Blade grinders are very inconsistent.
4) Water Quality - Best to use filtered or soft water. Usual tap water has too many minerals and cleaning agents, and definitely destroys the natural delicious flavor of your coffee.

Combine all these and you will definitely elevate and guarantee more consistently delicious results, whichever brew method you use-- french press, cone dripper, siphon, and moka pot. 馃憤 Cheers! 鈽

Thanks for the tips! I'll try them. There's a store that grinds it fresh for me.

Yes the water here sucks. I got a filter.聽

CitizenKale

Thanks for the tips! I'll try them. There's a store that grinds it fresh for me.

Yes the water here sucks. I got a filter.聽

Best if you grind right before brewing, so that you maintain its freshness. Keep your roasted whole beans in a vacuum sealed container, or in its resealable pouch. If you grind all your 250g or 500g coffee beans, its flavor and aroma will evaporate more quickly, and oxidation will make your coffee go rancid. Even if you place the ground coffee in a vacuum container, it's still gonna happen quite quickly. 馃槈

hakki501

Best if you grind right before brewing, so that you maintain its freshness. Keep your roasted whole beans in a vacuum sealed container, or in its resealable pouch. If you grind all your 250g or 500g coffee beans, its flavor and aroma will evaporate more quickly, and oxidation will make your coffee go rancid. Even if you place the ground coffee in a vacuum container, it's still gonna happen quite quickly. 馃槈

Thanks yeah I try to get it once a week but I'm on a budget of about minus a billion so can't buy new gear at the moment.聽

CitizenKale

Thanks yeah I try to get it once a week but I'm on a budget of about minus a billion so can't buy new gear at the moment.聽

No worries, bud. 馃憤 Took me about over a year too, to get my hand grinder, and some drippers. The moka pot I have was a birthday gift.聽

CitizenKale

Thanks for the tips! I'll try them. There's a store that grinds it fresh for me.

Yes the water here sucks. I got a filter.聽

Oh by the way, I forgot to mention that it's also good to use the coffee to water ratio you prefer. I usually use a Coffee 1g:15g Water ratio. A simple kitchen scale will help you do this. 馃槈聽