RECIPE + PLAYLIST EPISODE #007 ADRIAN QUESADA

ADRIAN QUESADA + RED EYE

 

Adrian Quesada is a producer and musician based in Austin, TX. As a musician he is best known as co-founder of the bands Grupo Fantasma (now ex-member), Brownout/Brown Sabbath, and Spanish Gold. Never one to sit still, he also releases music as The Echocentrics and is a revered and in demand collaborator, occasionally delving into projects such as Electric Peanut Butter Co., his collaboration with Shawn Lee as well as Ocote Soul Sounds, his musical union with Martin Perna of Antibalas. As a guitar player Quesada has toured all over the world, from prestigious festivals to legendary venues, has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman as well as twice on PBS' historic Austin City Limits TV Show. He has also worked with such diverse artists as Prince, GZA (Wu-Tang Clan), Bernie Worrell, Daniel Johnston, Larry Harlow, Quantic and many more. As a producer Quesada has worked on albums by Daniel Johnston, The Sword, Natalia Clavier, Karl Denson, Wild Child, Toy Selectah, and Ian Moore, among others, as an engineer he was recently tapped to record The Dap Kings at Level One Sound (Electric Deluxe), and as a guitarist he has appeared on many albums, including recent ones by Bop English (James Petralli of White Denim), Los Angeles Azules and Ximena Sariñana.

Adrian Quesdada

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GO TO COFFEE DRINK?

Favorite coffee drink is a macchiato, close second is a strong red eye!

DESCRIBE YOUR MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE ASSOCIATED WITH COFFEE?

1) Having amazing espresso regularly, a few times a day, EVERYWHERE in the south of France, and 2) the first time I tried Intelligentsia coffee in Chicago years ago was the first time my taste buds were opened to the possibilities of good espresso and coffee in the US. It was when I stopped putting sugar in coffee.

DO YOU MAKE COFFEE AT HOME? IF SO, HOW DO YOU PREPARE IT?

We make French press coffee at home. I got turned on to using French press about 4 years ago and never turned back. Even after all this time, I can still taste the difference between that and regular coffee makers. We're usually in a rush in the morning but that's the one thing I'll spend a little more time on! On the other end of the spectrum, I recently added a Keurig pod coffee machine in my studio for the convenience (I can't make French press every time someone ELSE needs coffee!) and it's not absolutely horrible. I've been researching baristas' reviews of the K-pod brands and have found a couple of decent ones. It's also great when in a huge hurry!

WHAT WAS THE CRITERIA FOR CHOOSING YOUR PLAYLIST?

So the basic theme is I always start with mellow music then have coffee, go for a run and amp it up!

Art by Brian Phillips

"RED EYE"

Brewed Coffee + Double Espresso

Add Espresso to 10 ounces of Brewed Coffee

Total Drink Volume: 12 ounces

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Drip coffee with added espresso is called a red eye, black eye, or dead eye, depending on the number of shots which have been added.

One 2 oz double espresso shot has about 80 milligrams of caffeine. Whereas a 12 oz brewed coffee has about 120 milligrams. So actually there is more caffeine in an average cup of drip coffee than in espresso.

 

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