Archive for March, 2010

Bay Area coffee outside of San Francisco

March 24, 2010

“I am too old, too fat, and don’t have enough tattoos to make it big in coffee”

Good read in today’s San Jose Mercury News.

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Cupping

March 18, 2010

Received these coffees from Verve Coffee in Santa Cruz, CA. Looking forward to cupping these babies!

Sumatra Mandehling Blue Batak

Guatemala-Huehuetenango, Wet Processed

Rwanda Bafcafe – Gkongoro, Bourbon Wet Processed

Nicaragua Estelli, Wet Processed

And a couple of more. Can’t Wait!

Update: The Guatemala-Huehuetenango killed. So good.

Kenya Gatomboya – Stumptown Roasters

March 14, 2010

Picked up this coffee from Stumptown over at Cafe de Leche in Highland Park. Their drip version of this coffee was bright, with citrus fruit notes and a relatively light body. Delicious.
Pressed, this coffee picked up considerably more body and was more true to Stumptown’s description of a chocolate finish though I can’t say I tasted any Rhubarb.

For shits and giggles I decided to filter the pressed coffee into the Chemex. Fruit notes and acidity remained intact but the body was lost in transition, a character I believe this coffee really benefits from. I’d say the viscosity of the press method seems to round out the overall cup character. The length and the profile of the finish was also noticeably different; French Press had a lengthier more complex finish-a longer lasting impression, while the filtered method faded out with  barely noticeable hints of cacao.

Stick to the press for this coffee, the Frenchy does it right.

Stumptown in Time Magazine

March 9, 2010

Time has a new article up on their site about Stumptown.

“In cities across America, a fervid generation of caffeine evangelists are changing the way we drink coffee. They tend to be male, heavily bearded, zealous and meticulous in what they do.”

Sunday Coffee

March 9, 2010

Agrobiodiversity

March 5, 2010

Here is an interesting article on the agrobiodiversity of the Geisha from Hacienda Esmeralda in Panama.

Roast Review: Don Mayo’s “La Ponderosa”

March 4, 2010

The Don Mayo Micro-Mill’s “La Ponderosa” (Costa Rica) might be the first coffee that ever truly reminded me of wine. There is a wonderful cocoa aroma upon grinding that gives way to milk chocolate in the brewed cup. However, as the cup cools, the chocolate gives way to the more wine-y characteristics: red grape and pomegranate tempered by well-balanced acidity. The coffee feels as though it is evaporating as you swallow, readying you for the next delightful sip.

Pairing suggestion: The National’s “All the Wine

Lens Thermos

March 4, 2010

From Canon:

More good reads

March 2, 2010

Here are two great reads from a Portland’s Mix magazine:

The first, The New Portland Coffee Micro Roasters,  introduces some of the new micro roasters there and provides some inspiration for starting a roasting company from scratch.

The second, Man, Bean and Machine, is on finding the perfect macchiato.

Competition

March 1, 2010

My take on the Western Regional Barista Championship: