Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Kaplowitz Radio ETC. "Trailer"

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What is ETC., the newest Kaplowitz Radio. bit of weekly programming? Press play to find out. For more Kaplowitz Media. sacrifice a chicken at 3am. Add potatoes & veg. Bake at 350° until fully cooked.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Coffee Recommendations for Your July Fourth Needs | A Kaplowitz Media. Special Report

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America's Birthday bash. It's all grease & gunpowder, baby. BOOM. Undertones of charcoal. So what should you look for to sip while you're mid-bash? Funny you should ask. It just so happens I have a list of a handful of recs...

[in no particular order]

Batdorf & Bronson Burundi Gahahe
Chocolate | Merlot | Figs
Read my full review HERE.

Tinker Coffee Co. Kellenso Ethiopia Mekonissa
Papaya | Apricot | Apple butter
Read my full review HERE.

Sugar Creek Coffee Roasters Bolivia
Pecan | Baking chocolate | Toffee | Savory
Read my full review HERE.

Black Acres Midnight Train
Oak | Pumpernickel toast | Brown sugar
Read my full review HERE.

NxtWave Coffee Celebrate Life
Stone fruit | Whipped chocolate | Herbaceous
Read my full review HERE.

Now go blow yer fingers off. See if I care. HAPPY 4th!!!

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Split Rail Coffee Kenya Nyeri Ichamama AB in Review "A Smooth Operator"

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ORIGIN: Kenya
PROCESS: Wet

BREW METHOD: French Press
INTENSITY: Mild

WEBSITE: splitrailcoffee.com

NOTES:
Tart fruits | Lemon balm | Cereal grain

Quite puckering. Tart. A bright morning before the fog lifts. Out-front is a cranberry-sour cherry thing which is a tick fuzzy until the cup cools, delineates, focuses (mostly). Lemon balm comes next w/ a tick witch hazel astringent lilt to its lemony-minty herbaceousness. Fleshing out the primaries is a bottom of the box Cheerios crumb cereal grain.

Undertones are a bit empty & where filled, filled by primaries less dripping down than whispered thru. Breezily-easily. Pleasantly polite. A bit of a white sand beach canvas. A smattering of white tea leaves. A moderately complex brew but a brew somewhat lacking in layered nuances. Fleeting. An inherent sweetness mounts & does bring nice balance. Actually, quite the transitional thing. Unboring & evolving, this.

Very dim nose, grain & lemon balm distantly. A hint of tea. Finishes on nice legs with sweet oaty palate & herbal tongue. The most subtle cup I've looked at in some time. A smooth operator. Fresh pinewood, daffodils, honeydew... or am I imagining that? Or am I imagining skinny-dippers splashing into watering hole undertones as the fog burns off on the day?

FINAL GRADE: A-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Kaplowitz Radio EP182 "Golden Pilgrimage"

Another YAHTZEE of a BONANZA of a (really big) shoe, gentlepersons.

On this EP of Kaplowitz Radio. we have appearances from Hector Alfonso of Espinosa Cigars, Tim Raney of Split Rail Coffee, & Noel Rojas of Rojas Cigars. All told baseball, terroir, the Cuban black market &&& MORE is/are discussed. Plus, some Kaplowitz Reads Kaplowitz, Tweets I Didn't Tweet, A classic dose of a Kaplowitz Radio presentation, & Shakespeare! yw 

The BEST cigar cigars coffee coffees podcast on the www today is Kaplowitz Media.

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REVIEWS:

Espinosa 601 Blue
Espinosa Habano
Espinosa La Zona
Espinosa Laranja H-town Lancero
Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro
Espinosa Murcielago (2017)
Espinosa Warzone

Split Rail Colombia Frutas Caturra
Split Rail Finca El Rincon
Split Rail Hana Asrat Tilhun
Split Rail La Gloria
Split Rail Kenya Kiaga Fair Trade

Friday, June 26, 2020

Black Acres Coffee Seya Blend in REDUX Review "Or Regrow its Soul Patch"

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Black Acres
Seya Blend

ORIGIN: Brazilian, Honduran, Peruvian
PROCESS: Natural, fully washed

BREW METHOD: Moka Pot
INTENSITY: Medium/Medium-Full

WEBSITE: www.blackacrescoffee.com

The reasoning behind this redux is a switch from Decoction to Moka Pot brewing. The original Decoction review can be read at: https://bit.ly/2Nvo5hc This 2d will not reference that 1t. You should read it anyway. It is superbly written.

NOTES:
Black cherry | Dark chocolate | Roasted orange

Leathery. Suede. Chocolate up-front, a brownie-type thing (corner piece). That braced by black peppercorn, whereas the profile writ large gets a hickory structure. Behind the up-front is a corners of the tongue ripe fruit of cordial cherry w/ the fruit part extending further-out. Then roasted orange, deliciously. Lip-smackingly-so.

Undertones ride high & hidey. There's also a mushroom buttery savoriness, some crisply delivered spice rack. A bit pumpernickel over-top a compost manure underbelly. Almost a boozy whisper in the nethers extends to finish. That finish is long bitter-sweet, then clean, crisply. Quite nice. Not overly complex all told, but a nuanced brew nonetheless, albeit a bit fleetingly. The hot cup flirts charcoaly but cools far from there. I will use "far" again in the upcoming paragraph. A distant brew?

Aroma shows a tick of that hooch but predominantly is a muted sweet thing, fuzzily-so. A no-nonsense cup w/ a somewhat curbed character... impish but on its best behavior. Balanced well, structured very well. Delineated superbly. However, some void exists 'tween those delineations. With a greater character, I'd believe harder that void as unplayed jazz notes. As is & all told, far from egregious is all that. A serviceable brew which needed to let its hair down some, or regrow its soul patch.

FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Kaplowitz Media. Coffees of the Month (June 2020)

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Kaplowitz Media.
COFFEES of the MONTH: JUNE 2020
[Names are links to full reviews]


Index of Coffees of the Month posts: https://bit.ly/2WZHgWh

EDITOR'S NOTE: each of these entries as with other months' entries, are in the running for the Kaplowitz Media. Coffee of the year. This as part of the coming sneakily-soon all September-long Anniversary Celebration of KM (est. 2015). 

KAPLOWITZ MEDIA
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Plans have been announced for the 5th Anniversario Celebracion of Kaplowitz Media. during the month of September. The full Slate of events feature:
  • 9/1. Kappy Awards
  • 9/15. Kaplowitz Guide 2020
  • 9.30. Kaplowitz Media. Coffee of the Year
More info to follow.
Here's all the info thus far (in podcast form): https://bit.ly/2BYU2Mp

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Split Rail Coffee Finca El Rincon in Review "It Makes Me Say "Yum" Out-loud"

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Split Rail Coffee 
Finca El Rincon

ORIGIN: Huehuetenango, Guatemala
VARIETAL: Bourbon, Caturra

PROCESS: Wet
BREW METHOD: French Press

INTENSITY: Medium-Full

WEBSITE: splitrailcoffee.com

NOTES:
Pecan/Walnut | Caramel | Chocolate

Chocolate drives, don't let the above order fool ya there. It drives -- caramel steers. What does the nuttiness do? It makes me say "Yum" out-loud. I'll clarify-some. Hefty & rich but delicately shy of dense. OK, I'll try again-some. Chocolate is a cakey Devil's Food thing, also dark chocolate, also+ a bready thing. Hearty & sweet (like myself). Caramel adds p/lushness as much as sweetness. The pecan/walnut. It bitters in balance & also structures. Allowing lovely complexities via delineation.

Undertones are composted earth. Barnyard by bunches. Savory happens in both meaty & vegetal manners; leathery & fungal | alfalfa grass. On the far end of a long bittersweet finish of deep nuances, a grapefruit pith cleanses. Caramel salts nicely as the cup cools. A bit of the chocolate does, too. Balance. Big notes which are un-clumsy around smaller notes. A decadent four-calorie desert in a cup for after a doozy of a meal.

Not just smooth, supple. "Rich Corinthian leather." - Ricardo Montalban. Smoke this with a Connecticut broadleaf cigar. Stick your nose in the cup & smell the brownie mix. Slurp like a lunatic & pull out a bit of black peppercorn & even greater savoriness. Really just a fantastic cup but not simply that... also an attainable un-jarring cup that would serve well as an intro to specialty coffee. Hand over a mug, wait, say "SEE???"

FINAL GRADE: A
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Dark Horse Coffee Roasters Los Canelos Colombia in Review "A Mulled Wine Attempts & Almosts"

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Dark Horse Coffee Roasters 
Los Canelos Colombia

ORIGIN: Colombia
PROCESS: Washed
BREW METHOD: French Press
INTENSITY: Medium/Medium-Full

NOTES:
Caramel | Plum | Grains

Quite grainy and a bit shopping-bag baggy. Once that dissipates, a nifty juicy plum note comes in. Ripe af & of excellent focus. Underneath that but still a primary per se, is a rich caramel w/ cocoa butter booster all its own. Actual undertones are predominantly dense golden earth with aspects of the primaries trickling down into nuanced depths. As the cup cools, savoriness injects itself there, leather & a fungal mushroomy thing. A mulled wine attempts & almosts.

Nuanced as stated but not complex in the least using any other barometer of such. Very Colombian, ultimately. Coffee flavored coffee; how meta. Finish happens a bit dryly via a viscous astringency not accompanied by a note its own. Still, sweet there. Here's something -- sits a bit boozy on the corners of the tongue. Smooth in a talc fashion, fine grit. Aroma is an unfortunate revisiting of grainy/baggy. 

FINAL GRADE: B
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Split Rail Coffee Hana Asrat Tilhun in Review "This Brew Tickles Me"

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Split Rail Coffee
Hana Asrat Tilhun

ORIGIN: Shakisso, Ethiopia
PROCESS: Wet

BREW METHOD: French Press
INTENSITY: Mild

WEBSITE: splitrailcoffee.com

NOTES:
Floral | Fruity | Honey

A big floral/fruity bouquet translates readily to the sip. It's a bit like artisanal Hawaiian Punch, natural & sweetened with honey. That aroma is quite tropical, bright, high, albeit it balanced & tethered well. Bananas, papaya, freshly squeezed citrus array move from nose to mouth. As does jasmine so definite as to conjure up images of Chinese restaurant tea. Downright perfumey.

The honey is an apple blossom varietal. I get a bit of marionberry pie. A light flaky pastry w/ thin greasiness there on the body. Well-rounded and nicely structured (well-layered) via balsa & pine wood. Almost startlingly complex but never jarring. A "wow" of a response, followed by another quick sip. nuances are deep crisp depths of filtered sunlight. Finishes sour-sweet on longer legs than anticipated.

Cools in a candied fashion wherein all fruits are dried & flowers dew. Lip-smackingly moist, rich. Sweets get a bit darker and faraway cocoa can be seen. A tick melon... honeydew, dew. Smooth, plush. Exciting not excitable. Delineated, not overly rigid. Peachy-keen. I also taste peach. Feel fuzz. It tickles. this brew tickles me.

FINAL GRADE: A
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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Friday, June 19, 2020

NxtWave Coffee Celebrate Life in Review "Softly Solid. Kindly Stoic"

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NxtWave Coffee
Celebrate Life

ORIGIN: Minas Gerais, Brazil
VARIETAL: Topazio, Acaia, Catigua, Bourbon, Catuai

PROCESS: Natural, Honey, Washed
BREW METHOD: French Press
INTENSITY: Medium

WEBSITE: nxtwavecoffee.com

NOTES:
Stone fruit | Whipped chocolate | Herbaceous 

There is watery & then there is juicy. This is a juicy brew. Apricot, peach. Underlying fruitiness, freshly. Whipped chocolate is low-cal lush & smooth. The whole profile is exceptionally smooth. Fresh to almost invigorating. An only almost-moderate amount of delineation allows some mottling. Although it reads gently purposeful. To wow is not the goal.

There is some nicely structured nuance in citrus pith middlings. Also there, a bit of balsa wood. Lots of earth, tick of clay, dash of dandelion. Calming but not in a sedative way, instead in a 'keep calm & carry on' way. Softly solid. Kindly stoic. Stiff upper lip, kind eyes. A great everyday option, particularly with its low acidity. A drinkable breakfast, say? Just really quite a nice & inviting cup. Pleasant.

Finishes a tick fuzzy citrusy but mainly that stonefruit on a chocolate creamy body. Cocoa butter. Deceptively long-legged then ends cleanly. Crisply. Aroma is grassy-earthy with a faraway Mexican chocolate lilt. Definitely one of the brews which I can recommend more highly than I can grade. An enjoyable cuppa, simply-so.

FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Split Rail Coffee La Gloria in Review "I'm Craving Toffee Now"

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Split Rail Coffee La Gloria

ORIGIN: Boquete, Panama
VARIETAL: Typica

PROCESS: Washed
BREW METHOD: French Press

INTENSITY: Medium

WEBSITE: splitrailcoffee.com

NOTES:
Toffee | Chocolate | Almonds

Sweet & pleasant. Airy & water. Lacking in structure, laying albeit rather comfortably, oh so broadly on the tongue. Melted English toffee (made buttery, with almonds). Milk chocolate is the chocolate on-hand, the type that coats candy bars. Undertones are the opening credits to Little House on the Prairie. A meadow of weedy flowers over grass over earth -- childishly frolicked through in leather shoes.

Sweet muted whispers in re aroma. Again, pleasant. Calm. Unspectacular. Kind. Not complex or nuanced. Short-legged finish with a tick-failed or tick-realized lemony gambit. Sedate. Gentle. Ends a bit grainy-malty after finish trails off. I'm craving toffee now. Cools to very watery. Unimaginative.

FINAL GRADE: B-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Tostado Coffee Palenque in Review "A Singer-songwriter"

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Tostado Palenque - Light Roast

ORIGIN: ​Chiapas, Mexico
PROCESS: Fully washed, sun-dried
BREW METHOD: French Press

INTENSITY: Mild-Medium

WEBSITE: www.tostadocoffeeroasters.com

NOTES:
Maple syrup | Pinewood | Caramel

Brightly softly sweet. Straight-forward & delineated by a lively greenish-fuzzy pinewood. Maple syrup, bigly -- a reduced-fat sort. Caramel burgeons on the cooling cup. Not crisp but quite clean. Undertones are nectarine with a balancing white pepper, finely-ground. Underbelly is loose golden earth & hay that drips upwards, swirls thattaway thru the profile. Comfortably dizzying. 

Imperfectly balanced deliciously toward sweet. Not overly complex but as deeply nuanced as a light roast gets. Stubby & stubbly legged finish... short & wooly. Aroma is a muted muffled honey thing. An orange blossom. Simple & lovely. A floral-patterned sundress of a brew. White cowboy boots. Meadow. Wildflowers. A singer-songwriter. I do believe I have found Paula Cole's prairie song in the bottom of my mug.

FINAL GRADE: A-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Split Rail Coffee Colombia Frutas Caturra in Review "Goes Down Smooth & in Copious Amounts"

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Split Rail Coffee 
Colombia Frutas Caturra

ORIGIN: Huila, Colombia
PROCESS: Double fermented, triple washed
BREW METHOD: French Press

INTENSITY: Mild

WEBSITE: splitrailcoffee.com

NOTES:
Berry | Citrus | Balsawood

It's all berry & citrus. Not tart puckeringly-so, tho. Balance is served on a smooth nectarine platter. Crisp. Brisk. Fleeting, actually. Cherry. Raspberry, blackberry. Lemon/lime. Toasted floral notes. Dandelion tea, mainly. Balsawood backs, braces. The finish seems to drop off but reemerges in a neat lemon candy manner. A summer brew.

Undertones are hints at cocoa (particularly thru the nose), blanched nuts, Underbelly is bright, not glaring earth, aerated. Rather thin, a bantamweight. Nigh uniquely un-Colombian (more acidity, less sweetness) or at least the rote offerings of such. Still, an attainable joe. Simple in its slight complexities & too fleeting to bear depth, but exceedingly drinkable, crushable in beer terms.

Bouquet is the aforementioned cocoa with a smoky kicker of peppercorn not seen on sipping nor slurping. A bit of suede, thinly. Crisply. Briskly. Et cetera. Cools into a more well-rounded thing but then loses a bit of fruitiness. Selling points are nifty delineation & attainability; a slight re-thinking of Colombian. Problems are notes which err toward meek, and w/ much space twixt. Still & again, goes down smooth & in copious amounts.

FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Split Rail Coffee Kenya Kiaga Fair Trade in Review "An Almost Dreamy Comfort"

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Split Rail Coffee
Kenya Kiaga Fair Trade

ORIGIN: Kenya
PROCESS: Washed
BREW METHOD: French Press
INTENSITY: Mild-Medium

WEBSITE: splitrailcoffee.com

NOTES:
Dark chocolate | Citrus | Berry

Bright but wine-like warmingly-so. Fuzzy yet clean delineations. A more-ish dark chocolate w/ pudgy fudgy undertones all its own. An array of roasted citrus notes: orange, lemon, lime -- a bit saline but not brackish. Fruits, then... a mixed berry syrup thing. Undertones of balsa wood & blanched almond. Earth, a tick peaty. A bit ruddy.

Complex and nuanced. Delineations do fuzz further upon cooling but also the sweet/bright interplay enhances between chocolate/citrus. This to the point of a Terry's Chocolate Orange ball. For all the sweetness & peach fuzziness, after a moderate finish of primary extension, it's quite clean. Almost refreshingly-so. The aroma is chocolatey earth, barnyard-like with a slight leathery attachment felt on the body.

Critically, I can say it flirts w/ being a bit broad on the tongue. The berries would be nicer if they distinguished themselves beyond mixed. That said, a lovely & apparently lovingly balanced cup delivered with great care & yielding an almost dreamy comfort. Smack your lips off a good slurp: a dairy savoriness w/ a spot of Oolong. A character-driven cuppa.

FINAL GRADE: A-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Black Acres Coffee Midnight Train in REDUX Review "An Army Issue Wool Blanket"

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Black Acres
Midnight Train

ORIGIN: Mexican, Brazilian, Kenyan
PROCESS: Washed & natural

BREW METHOD: Moka Pot
INTENSITY: Medium-Full

WEBSITE: www.blackacrescoffee.com

The reasoning behind this redux is a switch from French Press to Moka Pot brewing. The original FP review can be read at: https://bit.ly/3cU1l4W This 2d will not reference that 1t. You should read it anyway. It is superbly written.

NOTES:
Molasses | Dark grains | Leather

Sweet & savory like sweet &/or savory was(were?) going outta style. Molasses on its own & also within a cakey dense pumpernickel bread. Caramel rides up from middlings, bolstering leather & oils. There is an immediate raw oak that happens up-top & slowly sinks to middlings, toasts a tick & structures there quite well. A bit mossy, say.

Rest of middlings are kind accompaniments to a bulging earthiness of potting soil & compost. Namely and rather simply cocoa & some dusty pantry spices w/ far-off black peppercorn kicker. Finishes bittersweet, weighty & robustly at first, then drops off the table just as it looks to fully unfurl. All told, moderately-legged. Bit of a go-figure there. The cooling cup does yield some nifty purple fruit juices.

Aroma shows a tart cherry lead, then vegetal woods, barnyard. Interestingly, that nose is also the underbelly. All told, an intermediate sort of cup -- neither dazzling nor common. Average complexities, a hair less than that re nuance. Not terribly balanced but it's toward pleasant unless you prefer citrusy or brighter/crisper takes. A dependable thing, stoic if not sturdy. Why an army issue wool blanket popped into my head just now, I don't know. Olive drab?

FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Sugar Creek Coffee Roasters Bolivia in REDUX Review "Substantial. Considerable. Real. Material. Weighty."

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Sugar Creek
Bolivia

ORIGIN: Caranavi, Bolivia
VARIETAL: Red Catuai, Caturra, Mondo Novo, Tipica.

PROCESS: Fully washed, sun-dried
BREW METHOD: Moka Pot
INTENSITY: Medium-Full

WEBSITE: www.sugarcreekcoffee.com

The reasoning behind this redux is a switch from French Press to Moka Pot brewing. The original FP review can be read at: https://bit.ly/3cSbXBp This 2d will not reference that 1t. You should read it anyway. It is superbly written.

NOTES:
Pecan | Baking chocolate | Toffee | Savory

Heavy. Dense. Rich. Full. I never did regret purchasing my thesaurus. It comes in handy more than you'd think. Believe. Expect. Imagine. Surmise. Sure I could find synonyms on-line but the feel of a book... the feel of this brew... substantial. Considerable. Real. Material. Weighty. I'll stop. Cease. Sorry. Lush on the palate. Viscous with a tick of peach fuzz. Pecan is almost pie-ish. Baking chocolate braces (tries) powdery-so, lending to fuzz. Toffee crisps sweetly.

Undertones are: dusty pantry spices w/ cinnamon on-ahead, black & green peppercorns, a tick of fennel. Then grains, darkly toasted & on-down to umami triggering earthen underbelly. Plush and of foggy delineation. Kind & interesting but also bordering on melange. Until a bit of terra cotta firms-some on cooling. Then spices become a sort of mulling varietal. Chocolate sweetens. Balance settles in. 

A fairly muted nosing belies the strength of notes. Potting soil, faintly there & with a bit of distant sweet spice. Leather savoriness rises on the back-end & into a lengthy finish. Complex via a hard shift transition which is ultimately worth-while albeit nigh jarring. Nuanced deeply-so but in a somewhat mottled fashion. Some wood would have been well met (that's what she said). All told an unadorned yet fully satiating and satisfyingly robust brew.

FINAL GRADE: A-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Coming September to Kaplowitz Media. Coffee...

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This is posting exclusively here at Kaplowitz Media. Coffee, because learning curve. While this blog is new, Kaplowitz Media. Cigars is not. In fact, it turns five years old in September. So for a while, readers of the cigar blog have been exposed to KM's month-long aniversario celebracion. I figured I'd bring my coffee readers up to snuff. Please give a listen below.



& now you are up to snuff. WOW, right? In short, September will feature coffee roaster awards (Kaplowitz Guide), coffee industry-wide awards (Kappy Awards), & coffee of the year naming. Outstanding & not too long away! Time flies when you're hiding under your bed wearing a face mask &/or taking to the streets, protesting in large groups. What a time to be alive.

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Killer Beans Coffee Nicaraguan Knife Fight in REDUX Review "Rubber Meets the Road Flavor"

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Killer Beans
Nicaraguan Knife Fight

ORIGIN: Nicaragua
BREW METHOD: Moka Pot
INTENSITY: Medium-Full

WEBSITE: www.Killer-Beans-Coffee

The reasoning behind this redux is a switch from French Press to Moka Pot brewing. The original FP review can be read at: https://bit.ly/2Myo6Rg This 2d will not reference that 1t. You should read it anyway. It is superbly written.

NOTES:
Hardwoods | Leathery oils | Dark chocolate

Maybe I'm a victim of Knife Fight marketing here but I get a metallic lilt on the far-back. Tastes like danger. Much safer is how the brew dark chocolates up in a shavings manner via progression. Leathery oils are muchly & greasy atop & I ain't complaining. Tastes caloric. Hardwoods are a melange array of not-quite 'nuff delineation between hickory & oak -- toasted-scorched. Shy on structure.

Almonds lead the undertones all toasted then toasted again. A bit of a rubber meets the road flavor note. Dark grains are there as well, in a bit of beef broth. Some black peppercorn, mildly. A robust blend but also a bit languid if not lazy. Would go great with a Connecticut broadleaf cigar. Smooth for its large notes but then broadly linear and lacking the nuances usual of that size. Underbelly envelopes as cup cools...  barnyard & compost. H E A V Y. dense.

[A bit of smoked paprika] intro'd to palate via nose. Other aromas are doing donuts in a parking lot. This cup means business... or perhaps we've caught it between business meanings? Lethargic, say? Not bad, tho. There's more expressed via Moka Pot for sure (as compared to the French Press review I said wouldn't be mentioned here). However, it's sorta just more for the sake of more.

FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Simons Best Coffee Company Ikonic Medium Roast in Review "A Real Ham & Egger"

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Simons Best Coffee Company 
Ikonic Medium Roast

ORIGIN: Colombia
VARIETAL: Arabica

BREW METHOD: French Press
INTENSITY: Medium

WEBSITE: simonsbestcoffee.com

NOTES:
Grain | Grapefruit | Nut mix

Malty & baggy in equal parts. Then baggier. Then not malty but grainy -- that influencing the entire profile & making a linear melange of it. Grapefruit is a sandy somewhat astringent thing on the corners of the tongue. Up-front is a generic nuttiness, toasted lightly. Back to grain & we've never really left... predominantly a barley-buckwheat thing. Kasha, if you're Jewy.

(Miss Jackson if you're nasty). Not a nasty brew, this. Pedestrian, simply. & quite mottled, lacking almost completely in structure even tho there is that nuttiness up-top. Also an undertone of toasted oak. Also also there in the middlings... well, that's about it. A far away peppery thing. A cacao gambit gambits, attempts to evolve, is beat-down by grain.

Not complex & only somewhat nuanced. Rather flat. Have I said simple? Comfort food, surely. More evolving via cooling sees citrus leave and left is a nutty grainy slightly woodsy thing with a kindly inherent easy sweetness. No true trespasses. Zero oomph. Serviceable ham & eggs breakfast accompaniment for a real Ham & Egger.

FINAL GRADE: C+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Kaplowitz To-day EP52

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Kaplowitz To-day EP52
Published on: June 02, 2020 at 6:03 PM

6.2.20... Even though I read one cigar & one coffee review (wrote both) it's really all about Judi Dench's Jowls. Remember! (King of the Road) Look for Kaplowitz Media wherever fine sites are searched.

A quick word first & then second...

As a rule, the Kaplowitz Media. bite-sized daily M-F Kaplowitz To-day podcast does NOT see its episodes posted in blog form. This post is a singular exception to that rule. Directly below, you'll find a player for listening to yesterday's To-day, today. It's quite good. Kaplowitz To-day.



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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Simons Best Coffee Co. Ikonic Dark Roast in Review "a la Jimmy Durante's Schnoz"

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Simons Best Coffee Co.
Ikonic Dark Roast

ORIGIN: Colombia
VARIETAL: Arabica

BREW METHOD: French Press
INTENSITY: Medium-Full

WEBSITE: simonsbestcoffee.com

NOTES:
Hardwood | Black peppercorn | Almond

Sinewy then fleeting. Smoky charcoaly. Bit of tar. Beef jerky briefly, then into a drop off the table finish. Primaries are scorched oak & black peppercorn with slight & surprising green underneath. Then quite bitter almond, toasted to/until blackened. Stark yet mainly sufficient middlings. Bare but for the basics. A bachelor living out of a valise in a room for let (King of the Road).

Depths from the above sink here into brown sugar, anise, sarsaparilla, Worcestershire sauce. Broad & vast & vacuumous twixt. Undertones are a dried-out compost heap. This is a lot as if Cafe Bustelo's flamboyant cousin failed out of art school. Aroma is of a tire fire being beaten out w/ the straw-end of a broomstick. I'm giving this cup grief but I will say it has character... a la Jimmy Durante's schnoz. Judi Dench's jowls.

A singular & surprising vegetal complexity via the already mentioned green peppercorn addition -- does not complex make. Depths are deep-ish but rather humdrum & simplistic. A completely expected & practically redundant roast. Cools to a waxy dark chocolate add-on. Would recommend as a hangover treatment. It tastes like a Midwestern highway. Like riding the rails in a black & white comedy duo buddy film. I'm really sorta fond of it.

FINAL GRADE: B
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

::: very :::

Monday, June 1, 2020

Wandering Goat Coffee Co. Eugene, OR | Cafe & Espresso in Review

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This was originally published 9/16/19 to Kaplowitz Media. Cigars.

Wandering Goat Coffee Co.
268 Madison St. Eugene, OR 97402

A Sunday.
Brunch O'clock.

Purely to be anticipated digs. Un/finished concrete floors. Cool kid warehouse vibe. Industrial & thrift-shop artsy & also there's a goat head mounted behind the counter. A conversation:

ME: What animal is that? (Pointing.)
MY +1: Where are we, again? (Sighing)
ME: Oh, a goat. (Antelope was my first guess.)

Loud chatter and slightly less loud indy folk music. We sit at a heavy laminated wood slab by a window on tall chairs. Other seating arrangements are small wooden rigs occupied by predominately single customers. Chatter's bulk comes from a table in the back corner, all far-off & dingy-distant. Quintessential local-looking artwork hangs around the more dimly lit than one might expect environs.

The outdoor seating is of the picnic tables varietal, a few of them. On one sits a harmonica player who seems quite precious in the warm-ish rain; situated next to railroad tracks. Smelling rather badly even there in the great PNW outdoors. Or maybe he just looks like an odor. I digress & begin anew, now in the past tense.

The double shot was a seemingly quite short pull, but on the bright side, the pierced & flanneled barista dismissed my doubts prior to allowing me to fully voice them. Abruptly-so, see? Curt, dismissive. An eye-roll so hard as to be loud. Big ding in customer service, there/that. Something surely was amiss, tho --

& perhaps if she wasn't above my silly questioning... Heavily acidic espresso. Heavily. Acidic. Bitingly so. Battery acidic. A dash or three of salt gets added and then it just laid there on the back of my tongue for some time. 'Some' to be read as 'an oddly long amount of.' Lemony, medicinally. Abrasive. Wholly yucky.

Bitterness lagged behind sour acidity in such a way as to not offer more than a thin wisp of maybe baking chocolate. No pepper nor spice to speak of and very scant if any gettable sweetness. No nuts, no woods. Nada. Notes of Listerine & regret. This Wandering Goat abortion of a double shot was left mainly unfinished.

FINAL GRADE: F
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

Friday, May 29, 2020

Black Acres Coffee Burundi in Review "As on a Plucked String"

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Black Acres Roastery Burundi

ORIGIN: Burundi
VARIETAL: Bourbon

PROCESS: Fully washed
BREW METHOD: French Press

INTENSITY: Mild-Medium

WEBSITE: www.blackacrescoffee.com

NOTES:
Earth | Raw sugar | Citrus pith

Balanced sweet/sour forward with a tick of spiciness underneath. Really, I'm not being vague, this blend is. An earthy, hazily bright brew. Nevertheless, grasping at straws yields an apt golden hay note. Dusty earth envelopes the profile. Even sandy-some. Sweetness is raw sugar which runs thru-out the profile, softly ebbing/flowing. Serious pith puckering is something of an orange-lime, juiced. 

A bit watery at first, cools fuller but not by bunches. Linear & lively all at once as on a plucked string. Complexity, balance, nuance can keenly be questions answered by the previous sentence. A bit of Oolong astringency on the moderate finish which is predominantly citrus with a hint of spiced cocoa. Aroma is that, as well. A bit of leather resides 'tween nose & tongue. 

FINAL GRADE: B-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

::: very :::

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Vero Espresso House Eugene, OR | Stumptown Coffee Hair Bender in Review

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This was originally published 12/26/19 to Kaplowitz Media. Cigars.

Vero Espresso House
205 E 14th Ave. Eugene, OR 97401

Painted sunshine yellow and covered by shaded trees, sits a craftsman style house with Victorian 'tea room' tack-ons mainly on its insides. Its outsides feature a nice deck & some tables along the other side complete w/ umbrellas. The walk up the stairs is wide and airy and once inside it becomes loud and snug. The counter is very much right fucking there boom. Bob's your uncle.

The workers are pleasant, a woman-aged female & a younger guy. The guy is busy bussing. The woman is pleasantly knowledgeable. She tells me they serve Stumptown's Hair Bender blend when I ask & order my doppio. To my relief, they both are mild and not annoyingly chipper or depressingly glum nor glib. Nice. Casually in charge.

Once inside fully & looking for a spot to squat amid my fellow patrons mostly at tables & chairs, I note the well-lit environs. The perfect amount of local art hangs on the walls... that being none. There's a big mirror I hesitate to walk past before the espresso hits. It's an upscale casual North Face and/or REI crowd [a crowded Sunday brunch crowd] relaxed, not unlaxed. Not artsy or edgy -- a nice meeting place for a nice crowd. Nice. Crowd(ed).

There's a staircase leading up to some reserved group seating. Near there and somewhat under that is the obligatory thrift store vintage couch. Back in the main area, did I mention loud? It's not aggressively-so, tho. A clamor of many maybe only mildly pretentious more-so mundane people, peopling over coffees & maybe some cafe grub which I took no note of. That main area is large, but also claustrophobic. Stoic wood seats.

In a far corner, a couple seems camped out homeschooling their kids. The dad looks like a jerk, the mom harried. A closer corner features a somewhat fidgety but mainly lovely old lady sewing circle. I imagine their hubbys all being dead & happily-so (Them not me). There's no music. A good call in an already loud setting. I take it as a yacht rock crowd. Are Hootie and the Blowfish of that genre?

The Hair Bender: Sneaky strong smoky acidity. Bittersweet forward with a neat nutty bracing. Quite pungent pepper up-top & salty in its nethers. An umami savoriness wets the back corners of my tongue on its finish. There's a Teriyaki sensation. Well brewed w/ an excellent lingering crema. Impressive but less than welcoming. The coffee & the place. I leave the last sip. Then leave.

I feel pressured by a growing line at the counter & the peopley setting. I find myself wanting to return at a quieter time, but the drink itself doesn't hold that same allure. An Indonesian cup without enough balancing thereof. It was all nice, just not by either quite let alone very.

::: very :::

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Black Acres Coffee Rwanda in Review "The Beaneater"

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Black Acres Roastery Rwanda

ORIGIN: Cafe De Gisagara, Rwanda
PROCESS: Washed

BREW METHOD: French Press
INTENSITY: Medium

WEBSITE: www.blackacrescoffee.com

NOTES:
Figs | Stone fruit | Buckwheat honey

Velvety-smooth. Lush. Yet structured well via sandalwood. An offshoot reinforcement of that is a macadamia lilt. Delineated. Fully well-rounded. Excellent weight & brightness. Complex, deeply. Figs are out-front, ripe. Behind them is the stone fruit -- peach then plum. Buckwheat honey fills in the cracks & we're off quite exceptionally well.

A baking spice array leads the undertones, a bit dustily-so. Nuances dig well-down from up-top & churn out nice complexities while mingling here. Sweet comes down & savory, up. A new whipped chocolate vibe, a separate candied almond -- both as the cup further cools. A bit of black tea astringency gets to the corners of the tongue. Exquisite character.

Sating & even opulent in a down to earth manner. Earthen is the underbelly, brightly robust & airy to the perfect degree. Meaty & vegetal savory. It's not pretty, still. I keep seeing The Bean Eater -- the colors, the simple grub, the slight bit of pomp. Noble. A noble sort of cup. Rugged not rough, just ready & at once understated, perhaps mockingly-so? Playful. Rogue-ish.

FINAL GRADE: A
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

::: very :::

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters Bolivia Buena Vista in Review "A Foggy Morning Backyard Path"

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Batdorf & Bronson 
Bolivia Buena Vista

ORIGIN: Caranavi/Los Yungas
VARIETAL: Cattura, Typica

PROCESS: Fully washed
BREW METHOD: French Press
INTENSITY: Medium

WEBSITE: www.batdorfcoffee.com

NOTES:
Caramel | Nougat | Nuts

A bit cereal grainy, unclear-some & lacking in/of focus, some. Not terribly, just a bit broad, flat. That stated, there are some attainable & comforting notes within a pleasing profile. Caramel & nougat play closely together and well. Crisp delineation doesn't seem to be intended. A kindly melange of a roast that might call for more filtering via pour-over (redux will occur).

The nuttiness is on the far back-end of primaries & a tick lower which does, in fact, offer some depth semblance. It's a peanut-cashew thing, blanched. The graininess really gravitates there, mottling happens. Balance is sweetly off-kilter a tick. Bitterness is most lacking and seems to be the cause of a not greatly structured delivery. Altho soft, sweet, & really -- what's to really-really bitch about that?

Very drinkable, smoothly. Finishes a tick meekly & of primaries. Underbelly is a foggy morning backyard path. Aroma is big of cocoa. Take a sniff, sip, & there it is in the center of the profile for a fleeting moment. Nice. Still, not complex per se, only somewhat nuanced, & imperfectly although kindly imbalanced. A cup that drinks nicer than I can grade.

FINAL GRADE: B
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

::: very :::

Monday, May 25, 2020

Kaplowitz Media. Coffees of the Month (May 2020)

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Kaplowitz Media.
COFFEES of the MONTH: May 2020
[Names are links to full reviews]


Index of Coffees of the Month posts: https://bit.ly/2WZHgWh

::: very :::

Friday, May 22, 2020

Kaplowitz Media. Memorial Day Coffee Recommendations

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Memorial Day. The day it becomes acceptable to wear white pants. It's sorta the opening day of cookouts, too. Oh & also it has something to do with soldiers who sacrificed their lives so that white pants can be worn, & burgers burnt.

We'll ironically be spending this Memorial Day w/ substantially less freedom than the last but I'm fairly certain STAY AT HOME orders are being adhered to in one's own backyard. So long as you social distance in groups of no more than whatever tf your particular state requires, I think. Also, all visitors are lawbreakers. Enough &...

... Nevertheless, what is the perfect coffee to pair with your perhaps illegal gathering to celebrate freedoms won & retained? Well, it's a meaty menu we're looking at. Starchy & perchance cheesy, too. Nothing says 'I'm caucasian and doing well' like dollops of mayo, so expect that.

& here is where you assume I'm going one way but you are in fact wrong. You're thinking a rich, savory brew. See? WRONG. What pairs best with the menu at hand is carbonation -- be it hard (beer) or soft (cola). This whole thing is a ruse OMFG the cake is a lie.

Sort of. We are pairing the day, not the menu. An early AM rising in festivity's preparation. Aftercare pertaining to some regrettable midday dietary decisions in the PM. Long made short: we need something smooth, mellow, & easily crushable. Here are a precise handful of recently reviewed coffees that fill the bill.

* * *

Black Acres Papa New Guinea

Caramel | Jicama | Apple butter
INTENSITY: Mild

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Gorongosa Coffee Girls Run the World

Lemon rind | Milk chocolate | Hazelnut
INTENSITY: Mild-Medium

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Sugar Creek Coffee Roasters Ethiopia Sidamo

Blueberry syrup | White chocolate | Orchids 
INTENSITY: Mild-Medium

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Paper Tiger Ethiopian Guji

Red Grapefruit | Balsa wood | Orange pekoe tea
INTENSITY: Mild

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Tinker San Sebastian Colombia

Chocolate | Nectarine | Sourwood honey
INTENSITY: Medium

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* * *

::: very :::

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Black Acres Coffee Papa New Guinea in Review "It's All About the Feels, Really"

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Black Acres Roastery
Papa New Guinea

ORIGIN: Papua New Guinea
PROCESS: Fully washed

BREW METHOD: French Press
INTENSITY: Mild

WEBSITE: www.blackacrescoffee.com

NOTES:
Caramel | Jicama | Apple butter

You'll first notice the p/lush body, full af w/ peach fuzz tick. It's all about the feels, really. A happily sedate profile. Primaries: a slightly salted caramel toffee is out-front. Jicama moistens in that caramel & apple butter interim. The apple butter, the whispered of the three, its autumn spices find rest on the long-legged finish. You'll get things here you won't get just any/everywhere.

Undertones are quite grainy with a talc feel rounded into smooth cushion. Farina cereal cooked in milk, say. A bit of orange blossom honey brings sweet citrus on-board. Aroma showcases bigly that honey. Somewhere between the smell & the taste is a buttery cedar. Complex, nuanced, & all that while being broad and still. This apparent juxtaposition leads to very attainable easily enjoyed intricacies.

FINAL GRADE: A-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

::: very :::

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Gorongosa Coffee Elephants Never Forget in Review "But What/Who Wouldn't?"

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Gorongosa Coffee
Elephants Never Forget

ORIGIN: African
VARIETAL: Arabica

PROCESS: Natural, washed
BREW METHOD: French Press
INTENSITY: Mild-Medium

WEBSITE: gorongosacoffee.com

NOTES:
Tropical fruit | Honey | Lemon pith

Bigly of tropical fruits: ripe pineapple & not yet ripe mango. The unripe aspects there find a structuring bending balsa wood & attempt aid. A bit of dried papaya hits on far-end, candied slightly. Speaking of sweet, star thistle honey (knapweed), "Star Thistle honey is light gold in color and has a very mild and pleasing floral taste." - www.eBeeHoney.com --

so yes, there are floral lilts here. Dandelion, say (middlings). Lemon pith cleanses the palate in an astringent manner. Undertones are a bit of a sandy sandwich bready attachment to seeping-down primaries. Thin vegetal oils, grassy a tick. Not an awful lot going on in the profile's midsection. A tick orange pekoe tea vibe.

Underbelly is a bit like a white sand beach, sunny as well. Delicate & a bit brothy -- not super delineated, ultimately. Moderately complex but too, lacking in depth. Fall-off-the-table finish. Easy, tho... and a good bit refreshingly-so. A nice coffee for elevenses & would like a lovely patio overlooking an English garden. But what/who wouldn't?

FINAL GRADE: B
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

::: very :::

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Black Acres Coffee Midnight Train in Review "& Some BBQ Digesting"

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Black Acres
Midnight Train

ORIGIN: Mexican, Brazilian, Kenyan
PROCESS: Washed & natural

BREW METHOD: French Press
INTENSITY: Medium-Full

WEBSITE: www.blackacrescoffee.com

NOTES:
Oak | Pumpernickel toast | Brown sugar

Oak is simple, charred-some & provides a rigid structure while retaining nice moisture. This allows for dark complexities & nuances alongside crisp delineations. Pumpernickel is heavy on molasses, toasted under a pat of butter. Brown sugar is caramelized well. High up undertones of stiff leather; hidey & with its under-side dripping slight oils into the profile's earthen nethers.

Additions to the middlings are a somewhat sporadic ebbing/flowing of baking spices & scant cocoa. A good bit of black peppercorn. Finishes with an interesting dried apple butter lilt on a bittersweet delivery. Moderately legged, there. So, complex, nuanced, well-balanced. A lone gripe is that each note is delivered quite similarly in a toasted manner. Makes it flirt w/ flat at times.

Balance extends to a nifty body/flavor ratio, particularly when a creme brulee comes on as the cup cools. Aroma is predominantly earthy; dark but not densely-so. Breathable, airy, but not vacant. A tick licorice. A smoky woodsy toasted cuppa that would pair well around a campfire w/ friends & some BBQ digesting. 

FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

::: very :::

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Black Acres Coffee Seya Blend in Review "A Stiff Upper Lip & Type A Tendencies"

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Black Acres
Seya Blend

ORIGIN: Brazilian, Honduran, Peruvian
PROCESS: Natural, fully washed

BREW METHOD: decoction
INTENSITY: Medium

WEBSITE: www.blackacrescoffee.com

NOTES:
Dark chocolate | Lemon | Applewood

Bittersweet w/ a sour kicker, braced by wooden structuring. Wood is lightly spiced via pantry array. Dissecting further: Dark chocolate is a bit waxy, thin -- shavings. Lemon is crisp & clean & on-par with sweetness. While technically 'balanced,' I'd prefer sweeter leanings. Oh, & the wood is applewood (as mentioned) & lends a certain fruity sweetness in a light manner.

Invigorating & smoky. Undertones are airy if not wispy. Sparse. Dry potting soil, a dash of black pepper, a bit of starchiness on the back-end. Underbelly is a leveled & tamped down earthiness with an almond attachment. Somewhat puckering thru-out. Not very complex or nuanced but staunchly & stiffly delineated. Definitely not flat -- lively in a serious over playful way. Brisk nigh brusk.

Finish is tangy & nutty, thinly but more than moderate in length. Somewhat astringent. Rigid. Could use a hand in the savory department. Aroma is chocolate & wood w/ a black tea addition. A profile w/ a stiff upper lip & Type A tendencies. Not quite abrupt nor curt but quite professional. Quite. Not prone to idle chit-chat, this.

FINAL GRADE: B
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

::: very :::

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Gorongosa Coffee Speak for the Trees in Review "Bumbles the Baton"

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Gorongosa Coffee
Speak for the Trees

ORIGIN: Africa
VARIETAL: Arabica

PROCESS: Natural, washed
BREW METHOD: Moka Pot
INTENSITY: Medium/Med.-Full

WEBSITE: gorongosacoffee.com

NOTES:
Chocolate | Leather | Black walnut

Dark chocolate, silky-rich. There, gate-to-wire & unchanging. Then leather, hidey-savory, thick & with its own baking spices attachment. Cinnamon-forward. Next is/are clove, smoked paprika. Black walnut is slightly candied. Undertones are woodsy earthiness -- charred hickory, compost, barnyard -- w/ purple fruit pungent lilting.

That earthiness is on-down to the underbelly w/ a Worcestershire sauce sploosh. Quite nuanced via savory injections into woodsy & earthy depths. The remainder of the notes is fairly linear, superficial. Albeit well-rounded & balanced. A mainly still profile, dark & somber.

Finishes bittersweet savory on lengthy legs, a bit charcoaly on far-end. Aroma is muted for such a robust profile, dusty spice array & earth. Flavors are bold, then body is bolder, then finish bumbles the baton some. Lacking in structure to a degree, ultimately a serviceable cup with common notes done mainly well.

FINAL GRADE: B
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

::: very :::

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Gorongosa Coffee Girls Run the World in Review "Simple but not Plain"

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Gorongosa Coffee
Girls Run the World

ORIGIN: Africa
VARIETAL: Arabica

PROCESS: Natural, washed
BREW METHOD: French Press

INTENSITY: Mild-Medium

WEBSITE: gorongosacoffee.com

NOTES:
Lemon rind | Milk chocolate | Hazelnut

Energetic & athletic without being hyper or frenetic. Lovely, as it calms. Quite delineated via pine & balsa wood structuring. Wildflowers as a visual & flavor, out from under lemon rind, softly. Milk chocolate is a sweet creamy thing; simple but not plain.

Hazelnuts are blanched and add a neat savory lilt. Soft, pretty, not wimpy. Undertones are sweet vegetal notes which bolster primaries and add nifty complexities. A bit of cardamom for sweet spice & saffron for a tick pungency. Alfalfa, because why fucking not? Earthiness is sunny bright without glaring.

Outdoorsy as in a tea party, not a hike. Underbelly is more of that with a bit of pale grain, toasted. Delicately balanced & carefully complex. Nuances are fleeting & slight, fitting & serving the profile well. Finishes surprisingly savory, lip-smackingly-so. The aroma is sweet/sour woods & tall grasses. Whispered cocoa. "cocoa." Whispers the nosing.

FINAL GRADE: A-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

::: very :::

Monday, May 11, 2020

Killer Beans Coffee Tanzania Peaberry in Review "Pedestrian Writes the Pedant"

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Killer Beans
Tanzania Peaberry

ORIGIN: United Republic of Tanzania
BREW METHOD: French Press
INTENSITY: Medium

WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/Killer-Beans-Coffee

NOTES:
Earthy | Nutty | Grains

earthynuttygrains? Peaberry aside, a much more robusta-like than arabica offering. Earthiness has a savory fungal roasted slight attachment, some herbal brothy bits flit. The nuttiness is peanuts (covered in milk chocolate as cup further cools). Mr. Goodbar then, the best candy bar there is -- FIGHT ME. 

Grains are barley & oat sorts, lightly toasted. Lays flat & broad across the tongue sans much structure. Undertones are a trickling-down of primaries, giving some depth to the profile. Mainly tho, that's about it. Hints of faraway baking spices. A try at ripened red/purple fruit. Charcoal.

Underbelly is a compost barnyard thing of inherent pleasing sweetness, darkly-so. That mainly 'splains the aroma too, altho the nosing does detect a tick added rubbery wood. Inky & supple but also somewhat vacant & limp. Not much via complexities to report. Rather pedestrian writes the pedant. 

FINAL GRADE: B-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

::: very :::

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Killer Beans Coffee Brazilian Bombshell in Review "Summer Quilt, Say?"

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Killer Beans 
Brazilian Bombshell

ORIGIN: Brazil
BREW METHOD: French Press
INTENSITY: Medium-Full

WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/Killer-Beans-Coffee

NOTES:
Chocolate | Peppercorn | Leather

Chocolate has a bit of a plum tendency of an attachment. Itself, it's a small corner brownie piece sort of thing. Peppercorn is black & bracing & within that structure, a watery broth fills the corners -- savory but perhaps vegetal. Leather is dark & thin with a bit of supporting dusty kitchen pantry spice array. Scorched oak enters w/ a tick more cooling, aids in maintaining a quite delineated profile.

Soft & smooth with a lingering body shy of winter comforter... summer quilt, say? Earthen, there & sweet-bitterly-so (as throughout). Middlings are a bit less than full. A hint of black cherry, a tobacco lilt (green, fermented, smoked). Dark & roasty-toasty. Meal-ish. A big lunch, not moderate dinner. Satiating nonetheless. Could use greater complexities but depth of notes/nuances is/are admirable -- if not dazzling.

A small list of those notes but balanced & delivered well. I'll clarify "small" -- much of the undertones/middlings are somewhat muted and/or barely independent of potting soil earth/broth concoction [note descriptors]. Aroma is a good bit of grainy charcoal which never does find its way to the palate. A sturdy everyday option & one that would pair well with a cigar any ol' time of that every day.

FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

::: very :::

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Killer Beans Coffee Nicaraguan Knife Fight in Review

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Killer Beans
Nicaraguan Knife Fight

ORIGIN: Nicaragua
BREW METHOD: French Press
INTENSITY: Medium-Full

WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/Killer-Beans-Coffee

NOTES:
Earth | Leather | Almonds

Earth is a smoky af thing, enveloping the profile in a bittersweet & dense (tho ultimately fleeting) manner. Aspects of that earthiness include an anise seed nod & slight roasted vegetal savoriness. Toasted to charred oaken structure therein & thru-out. Leather is hidey, meaty, yet thin, as well. A particularly focused & slightly jerky (beef) thing. Almonds are darkly roasted, the profile's most distinctly independent gambit, bitterly-so.

Least distinct are dark chocolate shavings which barely blip the radar once or twice. Finish is very much a' that smoky/earthy but also picks up a bit of grain -- buckwheat. Some black peppercorn is right at the finish's on-set, fresh off sip's end. Very pronounced, a nice complexity. Complexity writ large ain't large, here. A straight-forward bruiser w/ stiff jab & straight right. OK, boxer-puncher. Nuances don't dig into the depths as much as I'd like, perhaps a flavor of this height needs a bit more grease on its bod. 

Big flavor, wiry body. Narrow warpath, say? Tastes like what I call a Pennsylvanian cuppa. Workman-like, thin, powerful, dark. But, less thin than most of those. Also, there are some nuances, some (quite interestingly arrived-at complexities). It even avoids (narrowly) that genre's diesel tendencies... So the head of that PA class is here. Could be a brilliant Moka Pot roast; I plan on finding out very soon.

FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

::: very :::

Monday, May 4, 2020

Sugar Creek Coffee Roasters Awarded One Star | A Kaplowitz Guide Update

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One Kaplowitz Media. Star is awarded to Sugar Creek Coffee Roasters.

A broad & ever-broadening portfolio that reads like a love letter to coffee discovery. Passion which burns their trademark orange flamed hot... but always in a manner which attaches just as much steak as sizzle in its making of new friends, forging new relationships. We ain't just kissin' babies & passing them back to mom, here. All this is via Chris Berger, an intelligent & curious sort, knee-deep in craft ideology writ large.

If you're looking to try something you haven't before, & to see it allowed to show itself plainly & fully-so, do keep SC in mind. They'd be genuinely excited to share if ya do. Jovial. Maybe it's true that if you do what you love you never work a day in your life -- or at least have 'nuff fun to brave the day gig. Another star would require a deeper entry into the industry & more being ever-so-carefully explorative.

Dahling, you simply must sip their Panama Gesha. Their Ethiopia Sidamo is about the berry-best of brightly complex super-popular Ethiopians, but also balanced & nuanced. For maybe the best everyday cuppa, turn to the Nail on the Head blend for a meaty-smoky coffee both you & your grandpa would each adore.

::: very :::

Friday, May 1, 2020

Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters Awarded Two Stars | A Kaplowitz Guide Update

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Two Kaplowitz Media. Stars are awarded to Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters.

With roots in the late 1980s pre-boom PNW to an Atlanta roastery currently furnishing the nation, B&B seems to ever-quietly be on the specialty coffee forefront. This w/ a calm strength & steady yet never dull hand... a company built to last because it already has. A key to their success is information, precisely the dissemination thereof. 

Whether it comes via their detailed coffee reports or their social media platform presentations, B&B not only sees teachable moments to seize upon but also rather organically creates them. Their blends & single origins are a'plenty & well-varied. All carrying the same casual assurance the culture of this company seems to diligently breed. 

Try their Sumatra Mandheling for a bold yet refined bittersweet spiciness. For lighter-brighter fare, their Ethiopia Harar retains lovely depths, as well. Also, the Burundi Gahahe is a robustly mealish juicy thing needing to be experienced. 

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters Single Origin Guatemala "El Volcan" in REDUX Review

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Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters
Single Origin Guatemala "El Volcan"
100% certified organic

ORIGIN: Acatenango (Antigua) Guatemala
VARIETAL: Caturra, Catuai
PROCESS: Fully washed

BREW METHOD: Moka Pot
INTENSITY: Medium

WEBSITE: www.batdorfcoffee.com

The reasoning behind this redux is a switch from French Press to Moka Pot brewing. The original FP review can be read at: https://bit.ly/3eXGUX2 This 2d will not reference that 1t. You should read it anyway. It is superbly written.

NOTES:
Salted caramel | Citrus | Blackberry

Sweet & slightly+ tart. Well-lit shadows... dark with bright highlights. Complex & satiating. Smoothly caramel sweet, bolstered by a hint of cocoa butter up from middlings. Citrus is fleshy juicy 'range that mingles well with kindly puckering darkly sweet blackberry. Oaken in structure, & lively-so. Rest of middling: orange pekoe tea, a terra cotta lilt. Lightly greasy.

Undertones are a separate tea, black chai & softly astringent. Some light-ish honey in heavy loads, orange blossom. Earth, clay w/ mineral attachments. Again, complex in sweet/sour flings. Nuances are slight and earthen. Smoothly balanced. An Adirondack chair on a sunny day under a tree. Breezy. Carefree. Smells of wood & candied pistachios. Of spring, really. A refined & happy cuppa.

FINAL GRADE: A-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Kaplowitz Media. Recommended Coffee & Cigar Pairings + Info on Pairing

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Holy crossover, Batman! Below is a list of [see title] which spans all Kaplowitz Media. Coffee | Cigars - Cigars | Coffee... & discussed on Kaplowitz Radio.'s Kaplowitz To-day 4.27.20 (player below) more fully. Feel that? It was nothing. IT'S JUST THE EARTH MOVED A WHOLE BUNCH. yw

Blueberry syrup | White chocolate | Orchids
INTENSITY: Mild-Medium

+++

Lemongrass | Coconut | Pinewood
INTENSITY: Mild

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Chocolate | Merlot | Figs
INTENSITY: Medium-Full

+++

Cabaiguan by Tatuaje Cigars
Hot cocoa | Black pepper | Cedar
INTENSITY: Medium

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Oak | Black walnut | Dark chocolate
INTENSITY: Full

+++

San Lotano Cigars Dominicano
Hickory | Pepper | S'mores
INTENSITY: Medium-Full

Kaplowitz To-day 4.27.20: Pairings Special
[podcast ep. wherein I get more into it]



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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Kaplowitz Media. Coffees of the Month (April 2020)

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Kaplowitz Media.
COFFEES of the MONTH: APRIL 2020
[Names are links to full reviews]


HONORARY MENTION

NOTE

Short list. Long month. Crazy month! Remember -- each month's list, no matter how long or short, sees its entrants entered into the running for Kaplowitz Media. Coffee of the Year. (Honorary mentions, however, nope.) thx

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Kaplowitz Media. Coffee Weekly Recapitulation Volume VIII

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[titles are links]

BLOG
NEWS
Weekly Recapitulation index: https://bit.ly/3al9vCN

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

NxtWave Coffee Special Edition in REDUX Review

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NXT Wave
Special Edition

ORIGIN: Brazil
PROCESS: Natural

BREW METHOD: Moka Pot
INTENSITY: Full

WEBSITE: nxtwavecoffee.com

The reasoning behind this redux is a switch from French Press to Moka Pot brewing. The original FP review can be read at: https://bit.ly/352TYWI This 2d will not reference that 1t. You should read it anyway. It is superbly written.

NOTES: 
Oak | Black walnut | Dark chocolate

Oak is out front w/ a bada-bing! and carries with it a compost note, enveloping from the profile's under-belly. The wood itself is fresh, but not green. OK, a tick vegetal, roasty. Black walnut both crisps & plushes on palate & cheeks, respectively (shells + flesh). Dark chocolate is what lasts... bigly-so. Piles & piles of pips w/ an underpinning semi-sweet gambit, heavy on vanilla attachment. Sweet spices are nestled in there.

... A spicy meatball! Undertones are anise seed, fennel-ishly. Savory af in its middlings. Leathery oils sans hide, a dark fungal entry, meaty in mouth & gut. Meal-ish cuppa. The structure holds, tho I'm unsure how -- ah, it's a soft earthen construction. A mud-hut thing. Finish is heavy, dense, B I G -- but also not lumbering or cumbersome. Thru-out there are neat bittersweet complexities, moderately-so. Lip-smacking. Oh, plum.

Nuances are murky abyss things involving every note, deeply-so. Far behind is a saltiness that busts barnacles and balances excellently. I said meal-ish but won't say more-ish. A little of this brew goes a long way. Enjoyable nonetheless. Will grow hair on your chest & may make you feel like laying a gold pendant in your new-found fur. Greasy. Greezy. Aroma is a bouquet blast of chocolate braced by toasted wood w/ leathery lilts. Bold, bullish & bodaciously bruising. Macho.

FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Sugar Creek Coffee Roasters Bolivia in Review

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Sugar Creek 
Bolivia

ORIGIN: Caranavi, Bolivia
VARIETAL: Red Catuai, Caturra, Mondo Novo, Tipica.

PROCESS: Fully washed, sun-dried
BREW METHOD: French Press
INTENSITY: Medium

WEBSITE: www.sugarcreekcoffee.com

NOTES:
Skor candy bar | Nut brittle | Green peppercorn

Lively. Thin. Athletic? A predominately sweet then sour & rather fleeting profile. Delicate but not meekly-so. Milk chocolate & toffee tandem well. Nut brittle -- peanuts and an Asian flair of sesame seeds. The seeds give a bit of graininess. Car-a-mel. Green peppercorns hit up-front & peek back out at finish, a nicely piquant vegetal thing, crisping the sweetnesses.

Undertones are a light pale honey & pantry spices array, a bit dustily. The sweetness there is as thru-out -- refreshing, not cloying. Underbelly is an assembled trickling down of notes into a very thin & quite vegetal clay earthiness. Energetic. Animated. But not erratic & actually quite well-behaved. A bit astringent. Aroma offers a muted mulling spice. 

Could use greater balance, some further chipping in of umami & bitterness. That said, we are left with interesting investigations of sweet-sour notes & an attention retaining lively zetz. An almost exotic experience & one well 'nuff rooted in the familiar to retain its comforts. A Mickey D's run in Bangkok? Brightly complex, less than moderately nuanced, & not fully satiating. Ah... An amuse-bouche par excellence.

FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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