My Chemex and Bodum press pot finally arrived, thanks to my cousin Steve. My burr grinder tagged along as well, much to my delight. He lugged all three in a nondescript black duffel bag, like some kind of dai lo with a bag full of dirty drug money. Except Steve’s an EMT, and the bag contained coffeenerd contraband, which is cooler than drug money anyway.
As soon as I was set up, Steve and I rushed over to Whole Foods on Bowery to pick up some Gimme! Coffee beans. After perusing the options, I went with the Piccolo Mondo Fair Trade Organic Blend—a medium dark roast that’s also migratory bird friendly, apparently.
The flavor profile: Tastes like plum, buttercream, robust, and red wine.
The body: Dusted honeycomb and velveteen.
The finish: A long pleasant stretch of goodness.
Dannnnnnnng. Shutthefuckup! No way. Yes way!
I ground the beans at a medium grind and made my first cup with the Chemex drip. The aromatic coffee oils penetrated my olfactory system, and I immediately fell hard. Not surprising, since I’m more of a Central American coffee drinker, I’ve discovered—I crave the robustness, the dark chocolate essence that actually reminds me a lot of a good Cabernet. Maybe I would have liked a lighter roast—but all in all, I’d sign off on this blend. In any case, it’s gotten me through a lot of ugly mornings.
THIS JUST IN::::: SF’s Blue Bottle Coffee opening in NYC via NYT