Espresso ain't easy

by | Saturday, February 19, 2011 |

Rose Tosti and Michael Smith and I wanted to take a pulse of the quality of the espresso at some of the newer establishments and roasters in town. Earlier today, we went on a seven-stop Seattle espresso crawl. The result was humbling and somewhat sobering.Three espresso bars we...

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June 21 cup of excellence tasting notes

by | Wednesday, June 23, 2010 |

They were all from El Salvador. Oh, El Salvador…#1 Apaneca Ilamatepec Suiza: Sweet tobacco, tart dried fruit and rich earth.#2 Apaneca Ilamatepec El Ausol: Lots of high notes - very tart and sweet with a bit of creamy earth.#3 Alotepec Metapan La Matanita: Tart, nearly shrill approach leading into...

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Notes from the June 14th cupping

by | Thursday, June 17, 2010 |

We tasted the Atlas Importers coffees again. These were the same coffees as last week with the same roast dates, and another week’s aging. Looking over the two sets of notes, it seems that the week’s age made a big difference to me in most cases.FTO Cascadia Blend (decaf): Creamy,...

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