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

Mark Twain

Enter: Espresso

Most of my coffee-drinking life I’ve steered a pretty steady course of brewed coffee. I’d occasionally order an espresso on a whim, and most often find it wasn’t worth the effort. Even given my penchant for tastebud-tweaking flavor, most espresso...

Sheer Optimism

“Why do you even order coffee anymore?” My better half and I had just settled in to a table at one of those “country-store” restaurants that dot the interstates these days. This one happens to be just a few minutes from home, and was a lazy...

Puckerful.

This is: a) a bite of key lime pieb) lemonade with too little sugarc) a Kenya AA auction lot roasted light cityd) all of the above… but especially c?

Coffee is Cheap…

Coffee is cheap. Way cheap. Coffee is a commodity that’s traded on the futures market. The vast majority of coffee is bought by the cargo-container load by mega corporations that roast it, grind it, stale it, spray it with aroma du cafe and pack it in vacuum...

Tasting Notes: Tres Rios, PNG

I tried the new Costa Rica Tarrazu Tres Rios on the gang at a morning meeting. They gave it an unsolicited thumbs up. I’m reserving judgment… it’s maybe a bit too mild for me. Which likely means my better half will like it very much. The Papa New...

Where does obsession begin?

Always fun to get a new shipment of coffee that I’ve never cupped before. Among the new arrivals is a blended Costa Rican Tarrazu–Tres Rios–that’s gotten a spiffy review from my green dealer. All the more intriguing that he’s so excited...

Sometimes a cup is a cup…

Sometimes a cup is a cup, and sometimes it’s not. In the U.S. a standard “one cup” measure is eight fluid ounces. That’s what a typical coffee cup will hold. Except that’s not what the typical coffee brewer will deliver. The capacity of...

Smithfarms Kona Peaberry, 2001 Crop

Rating: [rating:4/5] It’s a pretty rare thing today when a coffee consumer has the opportunity to communicate with, much less buy from, the coffee farmer. Hawaiian coffees provide a delightful exception, and few, perhaps, are more delightful [coffees and...

Who’s got time to write? I’m busy roasting!

Who’s got time to write? I’m busy roasting! For a couple weeks I’ve found myself shuttling beans straight from the roast chamber into the hopper on the grinder. For the most part this is not a bad thing. After all, coffee just can’t get much...

Tanzania Peaberry, Northern District

Roast of the day: Tanzania Peaberry, Northern District, 00/01 crop. I’m struggling to get a handle on this bean. I like peaberry coffees. A lot. [A peaberry coffee, by the way, is kind of an oddity. Normally a coffee cherry produces two, flat beans. Some...

Coffee Factoid

Coffee is a hugely traded world commodity, second only to oil. [Though it tastes far, far better.]

Hmph.

It turns out that 60 beans is not at all a phenominal amount of coffee for a cup. Clearly, I’m not cut out to be a bean counter.

Beethoven’s 60 Beans

I’ve heard from a number of sources – Mark Pendergrast’s Uncommon Grounds being the most recent – that Ludwig van Beethoven counted out precisely 60 beans for his morning cup of coffee. Sixty beans. One cup. I’m thinking Beethoven might...

Blend of the Day

Happy Easter. The blend for the day… Just-roasted Kona from Smith Farms [hi, Cea!] blended with a smidgen of Java for a toasty chocolate undertone. Pairs well with chocolate bunny...

Studying the Label

So I’m in the supermarket, wandering the coffee aisle. I see Folgers has brought out a line of whole bean coffees. I pick up a package of Folgers “Colombian Supremo” and study the lablel. 100% coffee it says. And other natural flavors....

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