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!!!

::: very :::

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

::: very :::

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

::: very :::

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

::: very :::

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

::: very :::

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

::: very :::

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

::: very :::

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

::: very :::

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

::: very :::

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

::: very :::

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

::: very :::

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

::: very :::

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

::: very :::

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

::: very :::

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.



To listen to other To-days as well as the rest of what Kaplowitz Radio. has to offer, including its titular flagship program Kaplowitz Radio., remember to subscribe wherever you listen to quality podcasts. Also, here are some links to where you can rn find Kaplowitz Radio. Kaplowitz Radio.

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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

"Have you Kaplowitz'd to-day?"

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