PEDRO MORENO + FRENCH PRESS COFFEE
Pedro Moreno is the founder and director of Epistrophy Arts, a grass-roots organization dedicated to presenting the finest in improvised and adventurous music from around the world in Austin. Since 1998, Epistrophy Arts has organized over 90 concerts with leading figures in improvised music and avant-garde jazz. He is also the librarian for Anthropology, Public Affairs, African and African Diaspora Studies and Global Studies at the University of Texas Libraries.
On September 15, as part of the Sonic Transmissions Festival Epistrophy Arts and Liminal Sound Series will present the US Debut of Carmello Torres y Los Toscos at Kick Butt Coffee and Booze. They will be joined by DJ Gala Galeano and DJ Pedrito y su Tumbao from Bogotá, Brandon Seabrook from NYC and Kiko Villamizar from Austin.
On October 12th they will be presenting Wadada Leo Smith's Ten Freedom Summers at the Boyd Vance Theater.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GO TO COFFEE DRINK?
I drink coffee every day, but on special occasions, especially in the afternoon I like to treat myself to a good machiatto with just a little bit of sugar.
DESCRIBE YOUR MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE ASSOCIATED WITH COFFEE?
Growing up, I spent a few years living in Colombia. My Colombian grandmother owned a small farm in the countryside with citrus trees and coffee shrubs. I remember a day with my abuelita and the caretaker of her farm, going into the hills to pick coffee cherries. There was a hand cranked pulping machine we used to remove the skins and then we laid out the beans to dry on banana leaves. The caretaker then took the dried beans by donkey to the coffee cooperative in town to sell.
DO YOU MAKE COFFEE AT HOME? IF SO, HOW DO YOU PREPARE IT?
I make coffee in the mornings everyday at home. I use a French press. In the afternoons, or to make iced coffee, I use an Aeropress.
WHAT WAS THE CRITERIA FOR CHOOSING YOUR PLAYLIST?
Nolan’s invitation to participate in this project brought back my childhood memory of picking coffee and also thoughts of a recent trip to Salento, Colombia (in the Eje Cafetero). This all made me think of the beautiful land, people and culture of Colombia. I am also gearing up to present a cumbia group from Bogotá and San Jacinto Colombia in September. I had a blast picking some of my favorite classic songs as well as contemporary tunes that showcase the rich variety of styles from Colombia (most of these selection are from places that do not grow coffee.) I’ve included cumbia, gaita, porro, chirimia, currulao, vallenato, as well as new indie popular projects. I hope that more people in the states find out about the wonderful things happening in Colombia and connect with the wonderful music and art that is happening there.
FRENCH PRESS COFFEE
Coffee: 21 grams
Total Volume: 315 grams / 11 Ounces
Water-to-Coffee Ratio: 15:1
Brew time: 4:00
1. Pour 315 grams of water (30 seconds off boil) evenly over coffee and gently stir a couple of times
2.Put top on and leave it alone
3. At the 3:45 slowly push the filter down.
Grab Your Favorite Cup, Pour, Enjoy!
TIP 1: If plunger is hard to push down, slightly pull up to let air escape and try again.
TIP 2: If plunger slides down too easily make the grind finer next time. If it's hard to plunge coarsen the grind.
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