Nano roaster. Trystero Lot 49

Despite the suggestion of roaster Greg of Trystero, as soon as I made it home I popped some beans into the grinder. He’d said I should wait a few days to let the beans settle/rest/de-air (something). However, he had also hinted that if I were so impatient, I should grind the beans and let them…

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It’s good to have good coffee

After 2 weeks in Italy, I’m prepared to speak sacrilege. Intelligentsia roasts better coffee than any of the famous Roman houses (I’m talking to you, Sant’ Eustache & Tazzo d’Oro). The best shot of espresso I had was an after dinner Lavazza following a spectacular risotto in Vernazza. Yes, that rhymes. As to why the…

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Are two black cats better than one?

  I had run out of my Intelligentsia Black Cat Organic beans a few days ago and went over to pick up a new one. They didn’t have any but they did have half-pound bags of  a Single Origin Sumatra (Aceh) Black Cat, a Panamanian Microlot Black Cat and a third. If memory serves, it…

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My Morning Coffee

Here’s a double ristretto being brewed into a macchiatto cup. After 5 years with my Rancilio Silvia espresso machine and Rocky grinder, I know I can make dependably excellent shots. The beans come from Intelligentsia and are Direct Trade and organic. The roast is Black Cat. Really nicely balanced, not overroasted like so many espressos.…

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