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Lets talk about COFFEE

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

  1. indesertum

    indesertum Well-Known Member

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    I keep forgetting to take pictures but success rate is at about 50%. I think I tend to over aerate the milk.

    Somebody told me today that demitasse spoons should not be served with cappuccinos and lattes which seemed a little silly to me. The only reason I could think it would be wrong is because the spoon isn't large enough to stir sugar in which to me suggests you're using the spoon wrong. But I guess wrong is relative. I only ever use it to check the foam when I order a cappucino which is hardly ever
     
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    got some new coffee that i thought was pretty good - we're not super picky but like a good darker roast (viennese/french), see now that it is robt deniro's wife's vanity project - has anyone else had this (grace hightower)?
     
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  3. Yardsale

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    anyone used the v60 drip station/scale combo with their v60? thoughts?
     
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    $92 buys a lot of Peets.

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    Peet's sold a gesha a few years ago. I wish I could have tried it. Not sure a seller of their size can get that many. Apparently, there are fewer than 100 0.5 lbs bags of the Starbucks gesha, but they have yet to sell out ...


    Those are all good starting points, but it is kind of a coffee echo chamber where they are all more similar than different. Most 3rd wavers live in an echo chamber.
     
  8. lefty

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    SM is selling Esmeralda Gesha for $26/lbs unroasted. Same stuff?

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    Not sure ... the Peterson farm has different areas of their farm they grow things, and it's said they all taste different. Anyway, whichever it is, it's all high quality stuff. At $26/lbs for green beans, you can kind of understand why Stumptown and others charge more than $80 for the roasted product.
     
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    I've roasted the Esmeralda Gesha from SM at home and it's excellent. Would never pay $80++ for someone else to roast.
     
  11. Dempsy444

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    Any thoughts on who makes the best cup of coffee in San Francisco?

    Four barrel is good but I find it too light..
     
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    If you find 4B to light, try Ritual on Valencia, Sightglass in SOMA or Blue Bottle (several locations). Blue Bottle roasts too dark for my taste. St. Frank on South Park and on Polk in Russian Hill is also good.
     
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    Haven't tried St. Frank yet. Their place looks cool.

    My shop is buying a tea espresso machine. Should be fun :slayer:
     
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    My godawful latte art. Milk was too thick but when I lifted the foam up I only got like 1 cm of foam. I don't know what's wrong. At least my milk floats now
     
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    1cm is enough, imo. Doesn't look that bad, does it? Just one tip, try to pour with the handle facing to the left when serving a right-handed customer (or vice versa). That way, the leaf won't be upside down or lay flat when you put the cup in front of him/her. Other than that, I can't really give any other tips since mine usually doesn't look better.
     
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  16. Dempsy444

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    Thanks, I'll try Ritual. There is a great little cofffee shop on ritchie street in SOMA named Cento that serves Blue Bottle.

    I use to like Peets but find it too burnt now and believe the company has gotten too big at the expense of quality.
     
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    Has anyone seen/tried the Alessi Adagio french press? Thoughts?
     
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    Damnit. Heading on vacation next weekend and the coffee will probably not keep. We really need a Peet's here that carries the specialty stuff.

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    Mail-order it: the bag is vacuum-sealed and flushed with nitrogen, so as long as you don't open it, it will keep for a while (over a month). If you get it locally, the beans will be exposed to air since they ship to the stores in much bigger bags than what most people buy, and they open the big bags to partition it into the smaller bags.
     

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