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Lets talk about COFFEE

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Flambeur, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. Knowledge is King

    Knowledge is King Well-Known Member

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    I'll have to place an order for it to give it a try. The past few weeks I've been buying Blue Bottle's Three Africans blend and I find it to be a very drinkable blend that I don't get tired/bored of. Some berry notes but a little robust chocolate oomph too....really well balanced and not all that delicate. It sort of reminds me of Counter Culture's Christmas Blend which was a blend of three ethiopian beans I think.

    On another note, anyone else going to buy the Bonavita Porcelain Immersion Brewer? It's basically a porcelain Clever but the valve at the bottom is slightly different. For all intents and purposes though, it's a non-plastic Clever.
     
  2. scottcw

    scottcw Well-Known Member

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    More proof that the list is crap... Ritual is the only place in SF on the list and Four Barrel didn't make it. Ritual is vastly overhyped and overrated.
     
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    Agree. I'd rather drink Starbucks. Sightglass is my favorite of the SF roasters.
     
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    Canvas08 Well-Known Member

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    sightglass is my favorite too
     
  5. scottcw

    scottcw Well-Known Member

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    I find all Sightglass coffees to be one note. Their roasts don't get much depth of flavor. Still better than Ritual.
     
  6. lefty

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    I bought Ritual few times in SanFo and was consistently awful.

    Almost finished the second bag of Peets Sumatran. Not bad but don't think I ever got it dialed in. Will wait for their Ethiopian.

    lefty
     
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    It looks interesting, and its main claimed advantage is better heat retention. I was ready to wrap my CCD in neoprene to help solve that, but then I actually measured the temperature drop across a 3-minute brewing period, and it's small, like about 10 degrees total.

    BTW, the top 33 list also lists BB, which has shops in SanFo, but the list still seems a little silly. This site has a more comprehensive list of basically everyone who serves espresso in SanFo, but it's espresso only:

    http://www.coffeeratings.com/
     
  8. poorsod

    poorsod Well-Known Member

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    This is unbelievable.

    STORYBOARD: The Fine Art of Coffee Portraiture

    [VIDEO][/VIDEO]
     
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    i like capechino..............
     
  10. Knowledge is King

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    Another (unintended?) benefit is that by using porcelain, you don't have to worry about the possible health effects of pouring near-boiling water onto the plastic Clever everyday. But who knows, maybe porcelain is just as carcinogenic haha. There are several people out there that prefer glass (and stainless metal) brewing devices like chemex and press pots for that reason though so maybe the new Bonavita will satisfy them.
     
  11. clee1982

    clee1982 Well-Known Member

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    Just tried Gimme Coffee, better than Cafe Grumpy
     
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    Lately I cant be bothered to venture outside Ethiopians or Kenyans. To me they just do everything a coffee can.
     
  14. Gibonius

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    I'm starting to trend this way. I get some Central Americans that I like too, but my favorite of every batch always ends up being an Ethiopian or Kenyan.
     
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    Shoot, I've been going to Think Coffee for the last year or two na I always had it in my mind that it was Gimme Coffee!
     
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    Think sucks.
     
  17. Despos

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    If you are in or close to Chicago, two events to check out

    www.coffee-con.com for consumers One day event May 4th

    www.coffeefest.com Trade show June 7th to 9th.

    Haven't been to either, cannot share any experiences.
     
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    Tell me about it! They just instituted a new policy: all prices rounded to the nearest $.25 (supposedly to make it easier for all the people paying cash :rolleyes: ) They claim that "some things will cost more but that some things will cost less". WTF?!
     
  19. Knowledge is King

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    Their cold brew isn't bad. Their single origin African coffees are usually decent but never great though.

    Culture on 38th is now using (and selling) Heart from Portland. They were selling Sight Glass but there's none on the shelves right now.
     
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    Supposedly, this year's Ethiopian crop is going to be pretty damned good. They are already coming in this month, and more should follow the next month. I"m drinking a Blue Nile Yirgacheffe from my local roaster, and it's very good --- much better than when I last had it.

    I also tried out a siphon pot, and I am not a fran. I think I could do the same extraction with an Aeropress, but with less cleanup mess. It makes for a very light extraction, so 3rd wave coffees come out looking like somewhat dark teas. I'll stick with the CCD which gives the me nearly the body of a press pot, but with cleaner flavors.

    And speaking of extraction, I've been raising the coffee/water ratio in my brews as well. It's traditionally been 60 g/L of water, but I've been doing 75+ g/L. In a CCD this morning, it was 24.8 g coffee to 321 g water. It brings out the flavors more, especially for dark roasted stuff like Peet's. I've been drinking the Arabian Mocha Sanani, which is a good complement to the light-roasted Yirg.
     

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