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27 May 2011 @ 12:11 am
My work here is done.  
 So, tonight one of Mark's students, who drives about an hour and a half one way to come to class each week, ended class a little tired. Apparently he stayed out late last night and then had a pretty long day today, and drove down to class anyway (These diehards! But what can you do?)

Anyway, he was going to take a coke on the road to keep him awake, and I offered him some coffee instead. He started to do the polite refusal thing - you know, too much trouble to make a pot, or whatever. I interrupted him before he got too far, and said look, I'm kind of a coffee freak. I'm not just offering coffee. I've got the whole set up here (machine and grinder), including paper to-go cups. So. You want coffee?

Well, he wasn't about to turn it down. So while I started making his mocha, he asked me some questions about coffee, and I tried to restrain my answers so I wouldn't bore him to tears with my obsession. Turns out, he has a cousin who operates a roaster out of Portland, so I'm going to check them out and probably order a pound. 

Anyway, after I finished his coffee and handed it to him, he took a sip, and the look of surprise on his face was extremely gratifying. He told me it was the best cup of coffee he'd ever had. When I laughed, he looked at me and said "No, really!" very emphatically. Then he raved about it to my non-coffee drinking husband on his way out.

*buffs nails*

Yes. My work here is done. If I had the space and all the stuff, I would so open my own little coffee cart. Oh, right. And if I was a morning person. :)
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
KayJayUU: morning coffeekayjayuu on May 27th, 2011 12:09 pm (UTC)
Go you!

What beans did you use? What method (I forget if you have an espresso machine)?

Nice way to affirm your own passions! Although, if he's had his cousin's coffee and yours was the best he's had... one can hope his cousin's just wasn't brewed/pulled right...

You might be interested in Craft Coffee. I got their inaugural sampler box and had a great Columbian from Mad Cap, a decent Ethiopian Yirgacheffe from Coava, and a nice mild something or other from Bolivia roasted by Gimme!Coffee (too lazy to get up and look, but my husband actually drank his whole cup, which is a statement.). They ship once a month and it's a surprise what you get. Nice way to test roasters Mand the coffees.
rhienellethrhienelleth on May 27th, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
I've got a Rocky I purchased gently used from someone else, and a Le'lit PL041 - very similar to the popular Silvia espresso machine, but it cost less. I got the older model when they were being clearanced out. :) I have other equipment, of course (what coffee freak doesn't?) but that's my go-to coffee set up.

Right now I've got a blend in from a small local roaster. It's their "medium roast espresso blend". A friend and I buy each month from them and split it. When asked, they'll admit there's some Guatemalan, Columbian, Sumatran and I don't remember what else in it. They're pretty cagey about revealing the actual mix of beans, but whatever it is, it's excellent. (Which is surprising, because generally Sumatran is not my favorite.) They only use organic, direct from the farmers etc, etc, but that's pretty typical of most roasters serious about their coffee. Hey, if you'd like to try it, the next time we get some I'll send you a sampling.

I roast my own in the nicer summer months, usually, and I'm starting to look around for some green beans to do that with this year. Oh! That Craft Coffee looks very interesting! I might have to try them if I'm too lazy to roast my own for a couple of months. :)
rhienellethrhienelleth on May 27th, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
I should add that we routinely try various single origins as well, the last having been a Peaberry that was just a good basic coffee, but nothing to write home about. There was an Ethiopian (don't remember the rest, there was more to the name) awhile back that seriously tasted like truck stop coffee. The roast looked fine, but whatever the flavor of that particular bean, it was not to my taste at all. First time I've ever not finished a bag of coffee while it was still fresh. They've got one now from Honduras that looks interesting, so I'm going to suggest it to my friend the next time we buy. But we ALWAYS get some of that medium roast blend, because it really is consistently awesome. I like it better than Intelligentsia's Black Cat that everyone raves about on coffeegeek.