Lets talk about COFFEE

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

  1. indesertum

    indesertum Senior member

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    yeah the gimme locations are all very friendly unless their super busy.

    this was at a local brunch place that is a typical hippy, locavore, organic hoohah. they weren't busy at all. barista was literally doing jack shit, just chit chatting with waitresses.
     


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    A Y Senior member

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    Yeah, I assumed you were at Gimme. Restaurants usually could not care less about their coffee service. I wonder how many of them even clean their espresso machines, much less know grind size affects extraction.
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I had coffee today with my girlfriend at Think Coffee on 4th ave. Every time I have been there it has been shit.
     


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    It is crazy really. I have been to restaurants with $10,000 espresso machines and $2,000 grinders and a staff that doesn't know a portafilter from a French press. Probably 30 day old beans to boot.
     
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    indesertum Senior member

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    fwiw i like the place. good food. reasonable prices for local foods. they make most things (breads, condiments, charcuterie) in house, which is kind of amazing in this day and age

    this is what they ahve on their website

    maybe it was just a function of the kind of shot they pull? i dunno. i've had espressos at gimme locations plenty of times and def was not as overextracted as this one.
     


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    A Y Senior member

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    Well, that's a rarity! They are definitely saying all the right things, but it's the final result that matters. Maybe they had a bad day? When I was keeping track, I'd have to say that 3 out 5 espressos at my local specialty coffee shop was wrong in some way --- not undrinkable, but definitely far from optimal. I've had similar experiences in other shops as well. It's not an easy drink to get right.
     


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    Xericx Senior member

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    had some Keurig this morning at the office. DISGUSTING. Had some Blue Bottle made via Chemex after lunch....AWESOME. :slayer:

    bought a bag of the blue bottle beans. If you're in Beverly Hills they have them at Vosges chocolate on Beverly.
     


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    I don't see any reason why you couldn't send a drink back but since a shot happens so quickly and is such a small volume, psychologically, I consider it non-returnable. I know that doesn't make sense but I just kind of deal with it. And to be honest, I am not super picky about espresso. I know what I like but I am afraid to complain about what I don't like because maybe I am "wrong"
     


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    sygyzy Senior member

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    [​IMG]

    Blue Bottle Three Africans
    Hario V60, unbleached filter
    Custom walnut pourover stand
    200F water
     


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    indesertum Senior member

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    this is totally me. imo i dont have enough experience to make a judgment call, but i do know how i prefer an espresso to be.


    also i really really really love your pourover stand
     


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    You and the Capn' mke it happn'
     


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    Anybody here order beans from sweetmarias.com? Stumptown is great but these guys are the real deal. They got this Ugandan Mbale Bugisu and its BOMB
     


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    used two filter papers in my aeropress, made such a difference. less gravity filtration, more pressure after steeping.
     


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    Do you roast your own beans? What kind of roaster do you use? Sweetmarias has so much good information about coffee in general, and I love his crazy videos.


    Interesting. That must be a pretty hard push. I'm grinding my beans finer to try to get more flavor extraction from them, and even with the (single) paper filter in the Aeropress, I get very fine grit left in the cup. Maybe double filters might help that.
     


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    Ok, another pissed off Gimme rant... I woke up a bit early today to walk the mile to Gimme to get beans for the work week. What was I thinking? The definition of insanity if doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Not one bag of beans was under 10 days old. What the fuck is wrong with these people? I think they know they are fucked up too because as I grab the bags and turn them over to look at roast dates they get all nervous and come up to me, "Uhh, sir are you looking for a specific coffee??? I can help you." Every time they also are conveniently getting more beans in "later today". Fuck.
     


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