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Spring Cleaning 2013While I’m preparing to let you know my whereabouts for the past few months, you should seriously consider getting your home — and life — together with Ultimate Spring Cleaning.

If you haven’t checked it out, it’s not only help in getting your place ship-shape; there are also 30 exercises to boost your life outside your four walls, and inside your brain.

The whole 30 day plan is here, and I’ll post each day on the Tao of Bachelorhood Facebook page.

If you have any questions at all, I’m here to help.

Let’s get started!

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According to the Harvard Medical School, coffee can lower your risk of cancer, diabetes and Parkinson’s Disease.

According to me, it’s a morning ritual that can help you reflect on the day to come, and it tastes incredible—that is, when you combine the beans and water just right.

I’ve consumed buckets of coffee made with different methods, from French press to espresso to Denny’s drip to the massively overpriced (sorry) single-cup “pod” coffeemakers, and if that doesn’t make me an expert, I don’t know what does. My current go-to method of starting my day is also my favorite: the humble pour-over.

In the very first Tao of Bachelorhood video (be gentle with me), I demonstrate the method for creating the perfect cup:

Here’s how to get that elusive perfect cup:

  1. Start with cold, fresh water, filtered if you live in an area without naturally clean water. Bring it to a boil.
  2. Use whole beans and a grinder, which offer far more flavor than a pre-ground bag of coffee. (And if you’re using a plastic tub of Maxwell House…why?)
  3. Place the filter basket on top of your mug and insert a #4 Melitta filter in the basket.
  4. Start with a heaping teaspoon of whole beans for every cup of water. (Most mugs will require at least two scoops.)
  5. Around the time your water is ready to boil, grind your beans and pour them into the filter. The finer you grind, the stronger your coffee will be.
  6. With your water just off the boil (around 190-200 degrees F), fill the filter up as high as you can (without overflowing your cup).
  7. Stir! Keep stirring until about 2/3 of the water has run into your cup.
  8. Wait!
  9. When the filter is completely drained, remove it and drink up!

You may need to adjust the roast, brand and amount of coffee, the coarseness of grind and the water temperature, but with some fine tuning I think you’ll agree this is the best way to get a consistently delicious, rich cup of coffee. You may even become a coffee snob yourself.

How to Make a Perfect Cup of Coffee [YouTube]

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Man Skills: Grill a Perfect Steak

May 27, 2011 House & Home

The American Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start to the summer, and men everywhere are dragging out the grill and stocking up on thick T-bone steaks. The sad fact is that the vast majority of those incredible slabs of meat will turn out dry and lacking in flavor. Grilling a tasty, healthy steak is […]

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Ultimate Spring Cleaning is Back for 2011!

April 4, 2011 Health & Fitness

Forget the groundhog or the solstice. Baseball’s opening day signaled another spring is upon us, and as the days grow longer, we start thinking about getting the winter funk dealt with. And I mean in our minds as well as our homes. Last year we inaugurated Ultimate Spring Cleaning—30 days of tasks designed to help […]

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Gifts for Men: My Favorite Things

November 27, 2010 Dressing

The season for gift-giving is here, with “Cyber Monday” around the corner. Later I’ll be offering some tips and gifts to help you to buy for that new girlfriend or crush…but first, I want to help you with some ideas for you, or a buddy, or a male relative. Or perhaps you’re a woman who’s […]

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Mission Possible [More Weekend Reading]

September 11, 2010 Health & Fitness

Still on holiday, but that didn’t stop the Internet from having all kinds of goodness without me. Here are a few tasks for you to work on as we head into Fall… Gain Some Confidence Lifehack.org, like a lot of sites written “by the community,” is a bit hit-or-miss with its stuff. 63 Ways to […]

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Top 10 Dating Errors and Some Green Things [Links]

June 18, 2010 House & Home

In the media recently, a pair of dating articles and a piece on plants that even you might not be able to kill. Read on… Cry Me a River First comes the news that men apparently suffer significantly from relationship stress. Based on a study in this month’s Journal of Health and Social Behavior, the […]

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Ultimate Spring Cleaning, Day 30: The Last Toss

April 20, 2010 Health & Fitness

Ultimate Spring Cleaning is a 30-day project to clean and declutter not only your house, but your life. Each day you’ll get a housecleaning assignment, an assignment that involves the world around you, and a project to clear your mind. You can start anytime at the Ultimate Spring Cleaning main page. We started Ultimate Spring […]

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