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,hi.it'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 anyways.it 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 street.like 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'.