Thursday, June 08, 2006

brew temperature does matter

I wondered when brewing press pot coffee-- since it's not at best drinkable level until its below 150 degrees, how much is the flavor affected if you brew at 180 vs 200 ?

Answer-- a lot. I lose all of the higher fruity or floral nuances and only retain the 'deeper' flavors. The varietal characteristic that make that particular coffee an excellent cup, rather than just a good cup, are not there.

This, of course, is nothing other than what would be expected. But I had to taste it in actual practice, just so I can know.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Espresso or Cupping?

I've been toying with the idea of having a 'Espresso for the home user' class or offer some weekend cupping classes. There will come a time when I can offer both, but each has its own set of logistical problems, time involved, etc.

It's great when customers enjoy our coffee or ask questions here and there about espresso. I think we've even convinved a few into buying a good home setup--good burr grinder and all.

Stay tuned...