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CI notices things

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

it's no secret the syphon brewing process is visually satisfying -- and snobbily advantageous! -- if clean, sweet coffee is your thing. still, we kept noticing tiny, surprising aspects of the process that demanded attention. the migration of particles during the drop. the behavior of water as it grew hotter. ...

again, mesmeralda hog-ties CI‘s brain

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

... and so here we have a thought that won't dislodge from the gizzard meeting a blog in need of more thought randomization ... is panama's famed esmeralda -- now the subject of frenzied annual auctions and ever-escalating price records -- the andy warhol of coffee? it's a stellar, genre-bending, tell-your-neighbors ...

coffee + donut, home junkie-ized

Monday, May 11th, 2009

hey, kids! come get your hoffmann donut porridge! why should this blog explain to you the formative concepts behind this beverage -- the infamous coffee and a donut -- when its inventor pulls back the curtain so much more ... dashedly! it's an off-duty reporter's dream, really: loll on the free bar ...

the mypressi twist deodorizes your laundry

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

staggering though it is to contemplate, this blog has discovered that the mypressi twist even cleanses your linens in a spectacular fashion. no one tell groucho tom. cleanses AND twists!

snorfle

Friday, April 10th, 2009

there comes a time in a man's life when he is asked to serve as barista, for a crowd of 250, with a wobbly home espresso machine capable of producing roughly one beverage every 90 seconds. he can either wet his pants, or he can start pulling shots. this blog ...

sigh. sip. sigh.

Monday, March 9th, 2009

if you'd spent the weekend on the bed with the blogchildren, mouths agape and venting stale fanboy fumes in the general direction of the u.s. barista competition live feed, you also might reasonably recover -- and console yourself that liquid swords aren't for breakfast -- with that hand-built colombia 3-star ...

no idea where she gets it

Monday, February 9th, 2009

signs the blogdaughter might be a future coffee cupper: walks in the house with one of those gnarly sweetgum balls. takes a deep, stale whiff. "smells like gum and boiled eggs, peaches, a little bit of honey bake, snickerdoodle cookies silver spears and golden shiny." wait, wha?

reasons to marry

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

then again, coffee reviews can be too easy. blog filler, often. which is why we've quarantined most of our ongoing taste impressions to the twitter feed to the right. always a good exercise for this blog, the 140-character limit. an exception to this policy: when an espresso sits in your mouth ...

the case of the bouyant bookseller

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

another in an occasional series: tales of coffee woe you, too, could experience were you enough of a self-flagellating masochist. while everyone else hobnobs in seattle, this blog was wandering morosely through a bookstore in a drafty house last night, reading charles simic with a mug of batdorf and bronson's nicaragua ...

loquacious brag week fortnight: vivace’s dolce, bumper crop’s microcosm

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

we don't care that these taste descriptors are meaningless to you -- other blogs brag about their coffee spoils all the time! and so, we hereby parlay an unprecedented stretch of excellent brew -- a home junkie's full house -- into an ENTIRE WEEK FORTNIGHT of loquacious gloating. amorphous crack-metaphors ...

blog is bad, beats its breast.

Friday, September 5th, 2008

you've heard of the espresso wigging out when the humidity goes up, no? a sudden grinder adjustment usually suffices. but this blog knows of a bane much worse, a sudden and adverse malady for which your grinder can offer no fix -- the eyes of professional barista persons, hovering around ...

loquacious brag week fortnight: novo’s la alondria

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

we don't care that these taste descriptors are meaningless to you -- other blogs brag about their coffee spoils all the time! and so, we hereby parlay an unprecedented stretch of excellent brew -- a home junkie's full house -- into an ENTIRE WEEK FORTNIGHT of loquacious gloating. amorphous crack-metaphors ...

loquacious brag week fortnight: ccc’s el puente, gaturiri

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

we don't care that these taste descriptors are meaningless to you -- other blogs brag about their coffee spoils all the time! and so, we hereby parlay an unprecedented stretch of excellent brew -- a home junkie's full house -- into an ENTIRE WEEK FORTNIGHT of loquacious gloating. amorphous crack-metaphors ...

loquacious brag week: bumper crop’s guat, yemen

Friday, August 29th, 2008

we don't care that these taste descriptors are meaningless to you -- other blogs brag about their coffee spoils all the time! and so, we hereby parlay an unprecedented stretch of excellent brew -- a home junkie's full house -- into an ENTIRE WEEK of loquacious gloating. amorphous crack-metaphors for ...

loquacious brag week: crema’s sidamo korate (hint: HOLY SCHNAIKES)

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

we don't care that these taste descriptors are meaningless to you -- other blogs brag about their coffee spoils all the time! and so, we hereby parlay an unprecedented stretch of excellent brew -- a home junkie's full house -- into an ENTIRE WEEK of loquacious gloating. amorphous crack-metaphors for ...

loquacious brag week: novo’s la josefina

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

we don't care that these taste descriptors are meaningless to you -- other blogs brag about their coffee spoils all the time! and so, we hereby parlay an unprecedented stretch of excellent brew -- a home junkie's full house -- into an ENTIRE WEEK of loquacious gloating. amorphous crack-metaphors for ...

loquacious brag week: stumptown’s carmen

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

we don't care that these taste descriptors are meaningless to you -- other blogs brag about their coffee spoils all the time! and so, we hereby parlay an unprecedented stretch of excellent brew -- a home junkie's full house -- into an ENTIRE WEEK of loquacious gloating. amorphous crack-metaphors for ...

loquacious brag week: primavera’s harar

Monday, August 25th, 2008

we don't care that these taste descriptors are meaningless to you -- other blogs brag about their coffee spoils all the time! and so, we hereby parlay an unprecedented stretch of excellent brew -- a home junkie's full house -- into an ENTIRE WEEK of loquacious gloating. amorphous crack-metaphors for ...

loquacious brag week: ccc’s mesmeralda

Monday, August 25th, 2008

we don't care that these taste descriptors are meaningless to you -- other blogs brag about their coffee spoils all the time! and so, we hereby parlay an unprecedented stretch of excellent brew -- a home junkie's full house -- into an ENTIRE WEEK of loquacious gloating. amorphous crack-metaphors for ...

tale of woe: studio spro gets mo’ and mo’ po’

Friday, August 15th, 2008

it's come to this: cashew fingers and an aperitif to sandwich the spro down the gorge at the studio of the bioluminescent cypriot. alas, our favorite mid-afternoon haunt for the kind of spro fixes vital to surviving cubicle land has become a dungeon of very, very dark liquid arts. this blog, ...

CI befriends the rich!

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

this blog supplied the single-origin burlap window drapes. the barista-poet brought coffee soap. and somewhere betwixt the two was a staggering, two-day exhibit of the ways you might live -- really live -- with coffee as a centerpiece. or, more precisely, with beauty as a centerpiece -- objective, classifiable, very ...

in defense of rangy musk. also, locust.

Monday, August 4th, 2008

if this blog trolled the forums as it should, not only would its skin be pastier and its Monitor Eye achier, but it probably would have already procured the vital knowledge that vivace's espresso dolce might as well be called 'holy monsooned malabar,' for all its pale, puffy gassy-ness. indeed, ...

coffee, spread out

Monday, May 26th, 2008

the jebena boil: "at the still point, there the dance is." ... pic by jake it shook all the wobbly, week-long sickies right out of us. just clunked 'em right out, and ended too the related seven-day spro fast with a sock to the jowls ... here we were, sitting in a ...

USbc: just like the pros

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

the usbc live feed -- in double-take mall stereo -- with free accompanying shots from c-n-c's hudgens. as long as we were jaw-hanging in front of the u.s. barista championship live feed, this blog figured we might as well jam something in that jaw -- signature beverages, for example. thus, ...

CI comes clean

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

hoffmann forces our hand with his blasted gentillesse... until those anfim grinders went all messianic, we'd been so proud of our mazzer major. it's a big as the spro box! the same burly grinder the big boys use! thwacks like a pro! truth is, it was supposed to have had slicey new ...

taste, taste revolution

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

they laughed when CI said lem butler's competition espresso tasted like "new leather dress shoes in a malt custard dip" -- but only because they'd never wrapped the bouche around a pair of johnston and murphys! now comes the new yorker's john lanchester to tell us that "your palate and ...

pure torture

Monday, March 17th, 2008

"It's been one of my favorite things in coffee -- to feel stupid. I like it." ...

hoffmann gets lost, stumbles into CI‘s living room

Friday, March 14th, 2008

the world champion endures this blog's home espresso bar. when this blog snorks that much spro it takes about 30 minutes, and then it's like having hot-air balloons in the midriff and sandbags on the shoulders. we don't know whether to start flapping around in the air or dig a ...

Blizzarding

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Nuthin good in indiana - 'cept nate the finger'S home bar. On to our snowy Cincy bash with barista-poet jon lewis. -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T UPDATE FROM A NON-MOBILE DEVICE: did we mention the severe storm advisory blanketing cincinnati for the exact time of our scheduled ...

this blog fools no one. this blog is one.

Friday, February 8th, 2008

"experimenting," is what we call it. when you serve the people you've turned into coffee snobs -- many of them former non-drinkers -- subpar shots of something uncontrollably bright and tangy. these aren't cuppers and geeks, mind you. just consumers who have tuned their papillae from uhf to vhf and ...