|Our humble kitchen setup, well-loved every morning.|
Sure, I'll buy it at coffee shops occasionally. We've got Caribou and Dunn Bros. (I don't consider Starbucks, sorry) and a hoary host of other independent shops. We just moved near Bull Run Coffee and Urban Bean, I remember when I Am Coffee opened up near where I used to live, and I've been to White Rock Coffee Roasters several times in St. Paul. I just have no formal training, is all. I'm just like someone wandering through a museum for the first time, taking everything in without any historical context or scholastic appreciation, simply pointing out the things I find appealing or off-putting on an innocently gut level.
This page will be dedicated to me recording what coffee I like, because I can never remember. Whenever we go shopping for another bag of coffee, there's always a minute of inactivity and indecision as we try to recall our impressions of whatever capriciously named brands and blends. This should straighten that out.
Bear in mind I know nothing about coffee. I'm just trying to remember what I like.
|Flor del Huila|
|Light and fruity, right off the bat. A little milky or like caramel, if I stretch it. Citrus base note, no smokiness or burnt acridity. Very mellow, which I'm enjoying, but I'm given to understand light roasts actually have more caffeine, so, not a weak drink at all.|
—Caribou, May 23, 2014
|Spring Fever Blend|
|Just an average kind of flavor. Not burnt, that's good, and some cherry richness to it, but the flavor doesn't arrest me enough for $20 per ¾ lb.|
—Bull Run Coffee, June 1, 2014
|Kaffe Hela Bönor Mörkrost|
|This was actually really tasty. For a dark roast, it was surprisingly flavorful with the lavish deep citrus notes I usually enjoy in a lighter roast, though with plenty of mellow, mild nuttiness to it. An inoffensive and tasty cup of coffee for a gentle morning.|
—IKEA® Food, June 7, 2014
|No matter how I prepared this, it always came out kind of watery and flat. It's still better than over-roasted office coffee, but it doesn't feel like it's going to wake you up and it's certainly nothing to savor. I dunno, maybe I ground and brewed it wrong.|
—Just Coffee, the Wedge