Saturday, March 13, 2010

Blue Bottle Opens In Brooklyn .


03/12/10-gibraltar@ blue bottle coffee,brooklyn

on wednesday blue bottle coffee opened a shop i williamsburg.on friday,my younger brother from vancouver and i went to check it out.

12.5 months ago i was in san frizzle for 3 weeks and the first thing i did was drink blue bottle espresso at the mint plaza location while waiting for my friend to pick me up 2 hours late.
it kind of blew me away,and i claimed it to be the best coffee i'd ever had.also,i had just gotten off a train from being in portland for 6 weeks.

anyways,i've had a lot of amazing coffee since,and don't think of blue bottle too often,especially while i live on the same street as abraco and go to stumptown in the ace hotel for great drinks all the time.

but i had expectations.

and they were met.

the gibraltar tasted like a pan of fresh roasted pecans who've cooled enough that you can put them in yr hand,but not so much that you can make a

made in the ceramic pour over .......(i'd say "duh",but for all you know if you haven't been they could have a $20,000 syphon bar,too.)

the kintamnai made in the filter brew pour over was really mellow and sweet,like pears and nutty like hazelnuts.great.

spotted us!

end of day 1.

03/13/10-espresso @ blue bottle coffee,brooklyn

we decided to go back the next morning.
a lot busier,but whatever.

the espresso was good,not as capivating as the gibraltar the day before,but lush and deep.a little spicy.

this time patrick had a gibraltar.he said it was fantastic,so i'll take his word for it.

i for one,am pretty excited about this,and anticipate going back.


Thursday, December 24, 2009

sweet coffees in the snow...

grumpy in the first snow on my birthday.
12/05-barismo 'soma' guest espresso cappuccino @ cafe grumpy,chelsea

december 5th was my birthday,also the first snow of the year in nyc.this was enjoyed underdressed while trying to make it home without dying.

12/20-cappuccino @ gimme!coffee,soho
sweet and tangy,actually.maybe like yogurt.

this saturday it started really snowing,kinna like a blizzard.sunday i had a horrible stomach ache and didn't want to eat anything,so steamed milk was sustenance,and was pretty warming,too.

12/20-macchiato @ kaffe 1668
black cat espresso.

12/20-clover brewed ecco caffe ethiopian yirgacheffe @ kaffe 1668
a little bit vegetal,like sweet potatoes.nice.

12/19-macchiato @ third rail coffee
i was expecting a dragon in this...


12/20-cappuccino @ ninth street espresso,chelsea
this was amazing.tasted like the best french vanilla ice cream i've never eaten.


espresso was smoky,really sweet,too.i think chelsea market is my favourite 9th street.

espresso softserve @ kyotofu.
okay,okay...but c'mon...!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Savoury Single Origins and Such...

cortado with home-made almond milk @ abraco.

last wednesday for the first time in months i had a drink from abraco with their home made almond milk.
it was slightly perfect.i'm kind of happy that they don't even offer soymilk.
there's nothing here hiding the taste of the espresso,it really comes through,and rather it's just elevated by a super rich,olive-y mouthfeel.not really sweet at all,savoury and reminiscent of walnuts and the aforementioned olive.

ecco reserve espresso @ kaffe 1668.
speaking of savoury,the new-ish ecco reserve single origin espresso is really hard-hitting and woodsy.

ecco reserve soy macchiato #1 @ kaffe 1668.

i had 2 macchiatos made with it,and both times,they were really salty and savoury-like soya sauce or black bean sauce. different,no bad, so i understood when i was told that in terms of milk-y drinks the espresso doesn't stretch much further than a macchiato.

ecco reserve soy macchiato #2 @ kaffe 1668.


and something sweet...

clover-brewed intelligentsia kenya @ kaffe 1668.

this was amazing.super juicy,like ripe strawberries,refreshing,even.i could drink it like water,given the chance.

the sign's description is a bit funny,and it's definitely worth the $3.91 plus tax.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

some highlights of going out in the past two months...

oh,'s been like 2 months or whateyvar, so before i start doing this again regularly,here's some highlights of the past bit:

10/12-Ritual Coffee Roaster 'Sweet Tooth' guest espresso @ Cafe Grumpy,Chelsea.
i went back for this 2 days in a row-it was actually really sweet,like a honeycrisp apple. quite in your face.

10/26-chemex-brewed Otono from Intelligentsia @ Third Rail.
definitley maple-y,with lots of autumnal spice notes, but there was also this really interesting tomato-y/black pepper-y mouth feel. laura understood, i think.

oh,and sleek new cup holders:

not to mention now serving guests!:

which happened to be the same from Ecco that Kaffe 1668 kind of bombed me with,and kept me going back:
la maravilla single origin from ecco caffe & el salvador from intelligentsia @ duh,kaffe 1668.

and,i feel like this one wasn't even coffee,but:
first mocha ever.

10/31-soy mocha at stumptown in the ace hotel lobby.
this was my first mocha ever.i used a free drink stamp card..and it was halloween,so i was eating candy/chocolate all day was ridiculously sweet,and kind of amazing,but like i said,didn't feel like coffee.

speaking of stumptown...

soy cappuccino.this one's worth posting about/memorable because it was an almost overwhelming allspice and nutmeg flavour, and a bit of semi-sweet chocolate too.

11/6-but this was most exciting drink i've had there lately.just hairbender espresso, it was on day 5, and it was crazy. like, super-citrusy,make your tonsils vibrate zesty,and delicious.

and to wrap up:

espresso & macchiato @ everyman espresso.
griffin wanted to try 'good coffee in nyc"


why do i sometimes forget about this place?caramel-y and rich counter culture espresso.griffles was really happy with the macch.

oh,it's probably because i still get distracted by abraco down the every single day.
also,using counter culture beans.

and as much as i love the pour over drip coffee and the homemade almond milk,i just realized i hadn't had anything there but espresso in ages.because it's consistently awesome. i don't think it's ever just been 'good'.