Archive for category ‘subjective swilling’

late-night shottage

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

this was a bell-ringer. poured it with whole milk and a dollop of honey (not enough to sweeten) over ice and bandied it about in a martini shaker. long flushes and short rebounds are essential for this yirg. two of them today hit me with profiles of monumental complexity. sip. ...

float like a butterfly, sting like a bee

Monday, June 27th, 2005

she likes her sleep. which leaves plenty of time to play housedad and tease some flava from the new yirgacheffe. it's getting there. for one thing, i'm roasting it lighter than anything i've used for espresso to date, and i admit to some long-held habits that were hard to shake. ...

huffing catch-up post

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

getting the hang of the yirgacheffe. winey/floral beyond belief. i had thought of it as "sour" and accordingly bumped the brew temp upward, only to get more citrus than is imaginable. figuring the trait was intrinsic, went the other way. say! bean likes cooler temps! started seeing bigger body and ...

inexplicable pang of inventive genius

Monday, May 9th, 2005

yesterday: being one of those chivalric take-the-fall guys, i took a preemptory taste of the ladye's mother's day gift, er, on her behalf (i can truthfully report: it was not at all poisoned). on the contrary, the native nectar gaujillo honey was most ... mesquitely sophisticated (scroll down at the previous ...

a few more days, and she’ll be gone

Monday, May 2nd, 2005

late night of wonkish meetings. how one complies with fire codes on the side of a mountain while recouping one's substantial developmental outlay in a secluded residential enclave for niche buyers, for example. a sack-out on the black vinyl, a quick read of the day's leading national dailies, and then: ...

actionable WBC fallout reaches S.C. hinterland!

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

gotta say: there's something to this deliberate underdosing thing. if you hang out with the cool kids, you'll have noticed the WBC fallout discussion spurred by some of the impromptu shot-pulling by certain grand masters at seattle's recent espresso mecca. read post two of the above thread, and you'll get ...

another cuff to the dead horse…

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

this blog knows you have ceased to care about the vulgarly titled and thoroughly overwrought smackdown of friday eve. and yet, i offer more. six pages of high-res splendor are now up. in my opinion, page six just might be the best. it's so hard to choose! warning: i'm in the ...

slightly tepid downer announcement

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

unfortunately, the video camera did not cooperate much during our smackdown. so a reprise of the music video would not appear to be in order. there are some scattered clips, however, and i managed to catch some audio of sarkis and his theeck funnee axsent with my olympus ds330. so i ...

bloggy visual consumation!

Saturday, April 16th, 2005

the smackdown, five hours later. first page of pics are here. more epochal imagery soon! but i'm warning you ... i'm crashing. a key sign: my fingertips no longer share behavioral traits with sarkis' silkworms (scroll down a bit). the bed, i say, is looking good. UPDATE: the first page of pics now updated (by ...

ta-da

Saturday, April 16th, 2005

more to come:

legendarily pointless live-blogging to commence soon!

Friday, April 15th, 2005

tonight. three machines, five roasters, some, er, additives and a buncha deluded semi-respectable, wanna-be, maybe-not-too-adicted baristas. what does that mean? the first-ever BZ-led coffee smackdown, that's what it means. bring your three-day yemen, your digi-cams and your web browsers -- we will attempt to do some live-bloggin' from the very ...

calmer now…

Friday, April 8th, 2005

to get this kenya strain to hemorrhage sin on my palate, i have done several things. first, the new roasting log: um, no. that's not it. [rummage] here it is! kinda crude-ish, but the '*' columns stand for the first and second crack, and at cool-down i monitor the overall consistency of bean color, the ...

kenya reprise

Friday, April 8th, 2005

like toasted honeydew on a stick. like sassafras concentrate over red currant. or whipped maple butter. *sigh* i'm trying. this kenya aa karatina -- auction lot 220, mind you -- is sort of boggling the mind. and i, a writer/hack by trade, am morally obligated to wage descriptive war on an ...

let’s describe this kenya mellifluity

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

it tastes like a cross between this and this.

kenya smoothie

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

kenya sublimity has returned. seriously. in frustration at my hit-or-miss roasting results, i started a log. nerdy. yeah. immediate results, though. some kenya aa karatina batches (auction lot 220) that are pulling espresso shots like banshee nectar. some folks have convinced me of the superiority of the good ol' doubleshot (hey, whatever's ...