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Subtlety

Posted in Coffee, Coffee Tasting on 28 September, 2009 by Troy

I’m really liking the more sublte of coffees lately.  The more boutique and floral coffees that you really have to look and taste to find their nuances.  The coffees that seem to have a secret it’s trying to hide.  When I first got into coffee I liked the more slap in the face coffees, namely from Kenya.  Ones that that you could grind on one side of the cafe and have someone on the other, pupil’s dialate and them ask you what coffee that is. 

I’m currently drinking and enjoying one of those coffees from a local roaster called Moja.  It’s a really good clean Kenyan of the style that really got me into coffee but I find that my palate yearns and enjoys the boutique type coffees.  Last I had of that was Flecha Roja, Costa Rica roasted by Intelligentsia.  At first I was like, “eh” nothing to call home and rant and rave about.  It was nice but didn’t seem to be as awsome as the write up on the Intelli website.  A few cups later I was enthralled by the coffee.  Amazing rose pedal and vanilla notes and with what I guess is praline, via the website.  I loved it right to the delicious end, which seemed to be better as it aged a bit.  This also makes me wonder; Intelli vacuum seals and nitrogen flushes their coffees (I’m sure), it seemed like it took opening the bag so the coffee could degass properly and open up.  It wasn’t until the 2nd or even 3rd day after I opened it that it really stepped into it’s own.  Perhaps this is what needs to be done for future bags…

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Let’s try this again

Posted in Coffee Tasting on 15 September, 2009 by Troy

So I started this blog over a year ago, dedicating it to coffee.  Like many blogs it fell into disuse and I fell out of love with the coffee business becoming somewhat jaded and decided to move on.  About a year later I found myself thinking more and more about coffee and soon, once again fell in love with everything coffee.  I’ve also been mindful of journals lately and how they’re wonderful things to have to help clear your mind, get some things out and act sort of as a benchmark for your life.  I have an online workout blog that I’ve been continuously updating for nearly 4 years.  So I’ve decided to resurect this corner of the internet for thoughts and crap that doesn’t fit in my personal journal.  Dumb stories, weird thoughts, rants, whatever.

So to start off the first entry I’ll go back to what this blog was originally made for: Coffee.  I took off to Portland a couple weekends ago and was bedazzled by not only all things Portland but the amazing coffees available in a wide variety of places there.  Now there’s a town that must be in a constant state of overcaffeination.  While there I went to a cafe called Barista that I whole heartedly recommend regardless of the cheesy name and picked up a bag of coffee they were selling.  I bought a good amount of coffee while in Portland but this one from Counterculture Coffee out in North Carolina stood out for me the most.  It was Finca Nueva Armenia in the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala.

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Some awesome sweetness on this coffee with some great citrusy red fruit-like notes.  The tasting notes say apple so maybe that’s what I’m tasting.  Either way I’m like it big time.  I’ve only tried it in the french press with 28g @4min.  It’s so bang on I don’t want to mess up a good thing.