Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.

Mark Twain

Coffee Quality Bottoms Out?

Even the folks at the Wall Street Journal have noticed that coffee quality has hit a new low. Low prices and huge coffee stockpiles, largely fueled by the glut of low-grown Vietnamese robusta, have dealt a one-two punch to growers of specialty-grade beans…...

Restocked!

I have fifteen pounds of just-delivered green coffee sitting on my kitchen counter… the first coffee delivery I’ve had since –eek!– May? June? I’ve restocked my staples… Costa Rica Tres Rios La Magnolia and Papua New Guinea Kimel....

‘ello world.

I wouldn’t have imagined that my reentrance to the workaday world would have impacted my writing so much… and it didn’t. It merely altered *when* I write, and *that* in turn is what’s impacted my writing. I believe I’ve mentally traversed...

It’s all in the details…

It wasn’t long ago that I waxed happily on the Whole Foods Market that’s recently made its debut in my neck of the woods. I still like the store. A lot. I do, however, wish they’d be a bit more mindful of their coffee roasting operation. This last...

The Return to Office Coffee

Sometimes you have no idea just how good you’ve got it… until you don’t have it anymore. For the last many months I’ve had the unbidden luxury of working from home — some writing, some research, and a lot of coffee roasting — all...

Kopi: Good to the last droppings….

Good to the last droppings….The Washington Times takes a swing at reporting the curious tale [tail?] of Kopi Luwak… and gets it right! Long viewed as merely the stuff of urban legends, Kopi Luwak is real enough — and while a strange brew by most any...

Tasting Two Loons Coffee…

Today I’ve been tasting the coffees from the Two Loons Coffee sampler pack. In this segment, three of five. All coffees are drip-brewed with a Melitta filter cone. Burundi AA [27/01/0028]Tastes of strong black tea and tobacco… with an aroma that suggests...

Roasting coffee smacks of alchemy

— coaxing gleaming, mahogany beans from curiously grassy, green seeds. There’s few things that make *this* alchemist happier than a bag of new beans to roast, and Steve Ackman at Two Loons Coffee in New Hampshire has come through with a very nifty sampler...

Unplugged, or Not?

Has the world’s most-watched coffee pot been resurrected? Perhaps, if you read German, you can tell me… the Google translation leaves a little something to the...

Friday Fodder…

Ken Davids’ latest coffee reviews are on-line. This time he takes a look at coffees you’ll find in bags, bins and cans your local supermarket — and finds that the lines that used to clearly separate specialty coffees from the rest of the pack are...

Whole Foods Roasts

Whole Foods Market recently opened a store in Overland Park, just about 15 minutes from home. It’s a welcome addition. I’m not an especially rabid consumer of all things organic — in Kansas City, organic very often translates into sad looking...

Office Perks

Does the latest office perk include throwing the perc away? At the height of the dotcom boom — with companies in cutthroat competition for the best and the brightest tech employees — specialty coffee gained a toehold in the workplace, an environment that...

Coffee is 98 percent water…

… so if you want to brew great tasting coffee, start with great tasting water. Simple, right? Not always. For years I used a Brita water pitcher to filter my tap water. It definitely improved the taste of the water… and the smell. [This was two moves ago,...

And sometimes it’s just a catalog…

In the last weeks I’ve heaped praise upon The Coffee Project and Peet’s for their very informative newsletter-cum-catalogs — they’re terrific examples of these companies’ efforts to make us all more aware of the diverse origins, flavors...

Let’s review…

Let’s review… a “solo” is a single, a “tall” is a large. A “brewing event” is a… well, by golly, it’s a sale! That’s right, kids, those keen wordsmiths and coffee merchants from Seattle are havin’...

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