Some like tea, some like coffee.
I love coffee. Not your teaspoon, hotwater and stir shit. I mean the good stuff. Nor is it those mixed “coffee” drinks, Ghetto Lattes or a “pump of this shit please” stylee. I am talking about single origin, microparcel, super high quality coffees – displaying character, nuance and terroir.
Apparently the Mormons hate it. all too often we British serve it too weak. There is a whole world out there of flavour to be enjoyed. Following a conversation with Sean Ayling, which would I give up, coffee or beer – beer would go. I love beer, yes. I love coffee, too. I love wine, as well. but, something coffee has a hold over me.
The differences between beans, origins and the ability of roasters to fine tune the flavours – thru to your “barista” serving you. I prefer my coffee very simple, drip black. One of those ceramic filter cones, a paper filter and a few scoops of freshly ground really great coffee. Much like brewers, I filter my water before boiling, makes for a rounder cup of coffee.
Coffee spots such as Pacific Bay, Four Barrel, Intelligensia, Stumptown, Blue Bottle, Monmouth, Square Mile thru to amazing on-line stores like Hasbean – have been fueling me for a good few years. Every time I have been to a beer destination, the second search on google has been for a coffee roasters/bar in the town. I have yet to be disappointed. The passions that many in the beer trade offer up, are replicated thru these places – albeit at a higher tempo. Performance, style and out and out great coffee has astounded me, and certainly influenced how I have looked at the whole customer service, delivery and offering that we make in beer. The combine of products, the blending, the origins – displayed clearly. If you want little nudge look out for Cup of Excellence; a premium grading program for the best small parcel coffees.
The flavour notes that are displayed in great coffee, if you’re into really great beer, are a wonderment that you really should look out for.