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.

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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. 

::: very :::