Lets talk about COFFEE

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  1. Knowledge is King

    Knowledge is King Senior member

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    3rd wave coffee makes you shit instantaneously...like so fast that you almost have to sit on the toilet while drinking it.
     


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    +1. I've really liked their African offerings. The Ethiopian Mordecofe was especially good. I haven't tried any of their pricier options.


    On the other hand, I haven't liked any of the Indonesian coffees they sell. Maybe I just don't like Indonesia coffee.
     


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    I'm not huge on Indo coffees. Too much earth, not enough acid. A lot of them taste like dirt to me. In espresso blends Indo coffees can add a great quality.
     


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    Agree on the Indonesian coffees. Too many syrupy molasses and savory notes, not enough good acidity. I'll take a good indonesian coffee over a lousy coffee from somewhere else though.
     


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    which location do you go to, I can tell you they have no consistency between each location, within each location they do have consistency though. The better ones in Manhattan are Union Square, Grand Central (on the sweeter side) and Upper East side. The ones on upper West Side is not my cup of tea (or coffee)... though again I am not die hard coffee drinker. I can't taste the subtleties of coffee as I can with tea and wine, so I always order something like cappuccino or macchiato.
     


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    They don't have retail locations so you sort of have to rely on a local cafe to stock it, otherwise you're stuck with ordering it on the internet or perhaps living near one of their regional offices.

    In NYC, Everyman is probably the most popular place that uses Counter Culture beans. Bluebird also uses them and Abraco was (not positive if they still do). Counter Culture's NY offices/training location is on 26th b/w 6th and Broadway. They do free cuppings once a week but they don't do any street level commerce. The Joe "Pro Shop" or whatever they call it is nearby there too on 21st St.
     
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    I really like the BB Nekisse too. Coava's Kilenso is also a dry-process Ethiopian, and is just as good, but cheaper and less pretentious.
     


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    I live in the 'burbs of Maryland outside of DC and it's a coffee wasteland. Starbucks as far as the eye can see, barely any local coffee houses, and none of the better national coffee shops. Basically forced to make it myself; I have to drive 20 minutes to get a decent espresso.
     


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    That sounds about right. I'm drinking an Aged Sumatra from Peets now and it could use some acid. At least it doesn't taste like dirt.
     


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    Try Peet's Ethiopian Fancy, which has more acid. Non-washed beans like the Sumatra don't tend to be very acidy, and combined with Peet's darker roasting, you're not going to get much acid. I was pleasantly surprised by their Ethiopian, whose acidity cuts through the dark roast notes very well. But you have to push the extraction a bit more to get to it: for my process, I stir more.
     


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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.
     


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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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    sightglass is my favorite too
     


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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.
     


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