Thursday, December 16, 2010
As Luke mentioned in his previous post, roasting as of late with an unheated building isn't the most enjoyable experience. However, we always find a way to brighten our spirits, and during last nights roast, the perfect solution was a delicious cup of fresh roasted Panama. Though lattes are generally my specialty, sometimes curling up with a fresh cup of french pressed coffee is just what I need.
Winter is the perfect season for coffee. It's cold enough for the coffee to really warm your soul and make for an extra enjoyable experience. I've had more coffee these past few weeks than I have in a while, and I don't mean lattes. It's just suiting. If I want a milk based drink at this time of year, I have a hot cocoa. Oh, and a little tip with that, if your a hot cocoa lover and have an espresso machine, froth your milk like you're making a latte and then add it to your chocolate mix. PLEASE NOTE THAT WHENEVER YOU ADD liquid to a cocoa powder to add a littttlllee bit in at first, make a paste by stirring/whisking it in, then add the rest of your hot liquid. If you have no espresso machine, boil your milk on the stove (or even in the microwave) before adding it. It makes for a smoother, more delicious cup.
Though right now cocoa isn't getting the job done. My preference is coffee and not my usual coffee regions/blends. My preferences are changing with the seasons. Normally, I prefer lighter/medium roasted sweet coffees like our Costa Rica or Peru. Now, I am enjoying the darker roasts like Dominican Republic, which I am very much looking forward to a delicious cup of when I get home.
Oh and Turkish coffee time will soon be on us again....last years was quiet potent.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
This past week has been crazy! Keeping up with our demand this week has been very interesting. I think coffee is the emergency gift for people everywhere! As always I like to give you guys a bit of a behind the scenes of what goes on here, so here it goes.
We got swamped with orders this week, and at the same time we had to refill our propane tank. This sounds simple right, after all we have done this in times past and have a backup tank for when our large tank is being refilled just in case we need to fill out orders.
So while we await our large tanks arrival we have a wholesale order to fill along with some smaller local orders, pretty standard stuff. However, the building we roast out of is not heated at the moment, and this is where things get interesting. We all go out to hook up our backup tank when it is 23 degrees outside, and the tank itself is so cold it cannot put enough pressure through the line to start the roaster...
So the next morning our big tank arrives, full, heavy and awaiting me to move it about 100 yards down a slight hill. One almost repulled hernia later we are up and running and the orders go out on time. Not the worst thing we have endured, but I could not believe that even our large tank struggled to put out pressure once it hit 1/4 tank. Apparently it will need jacketed...
Oh and what temp was it when I did roast you may wonder? Twenty six degrees F. I had 5 layers on so as to stay warm. Thankfully the roaster adds a little bit of heat to the area surrounding it!
BTW I thought the worst roasting I have had to endure thus far was the 125+ degree heat we had this summer because I am to cheap to buy an AC unit for us.....and I had to have a towel around parts of me so I did not drip sweat into the cooling tray! Now I am not sure...
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Thursday, December 9, 2010
After pulling the shot and getting the milk ready, which cannot be done at the same time like on the Barlume, I was able to mark the top and have a tasty latte. Though the La Pavoni may not compare to the Barlume, it's not meant to; these are two different classes of machine. Still, the La Pavoni is fun to pull shots on and makes a great latte =D.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
At any rate, I am trying to set it up so our site can offer blend made with the freshest coffee on hand while its available and taken down when its not, encouraging you all to go their more often and for us to offer some crazy blends. This week I had Guat. mixed with Dom. R. post blended and it was a gorgeous cup, but unless you bought both you would not get to experience it. Now if I offered this as a post blend always I would wind up with a 1/4 lb of it ordered and a bunch of leftover (Dom. R, actually moves fast but for the sake of argument lets say it was unpopular.). If I can figure out a fancy way of coding I will keep everyone informed and show off some really unique coffee blends for you all to enjoy!
Oh and as a note, the current blends on the site are either preblended or are blend of coffees that move very quickly.
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Monday, November 29, 2010
So this is a fun post blend for you all to try, it tastes similar to a breakfast blend of many other roasters.
75% Costa Rica Tarrazu Full City
25% Guatemalan Antigua City+
Love this blend, and figured I would pass it along to others! For a bit more body, add some Colombian Supremo or a nuttier Brazilian.
Yes, that's right, Old Wwworld Cafe set up shop for the day serving french press micro lots and grog. We also brought along our siphon pot for fun and samples.
But it wasn't the only thing that caught people's attention. The siphon pot was a must see. We brewed several pots throughout the day and each time drew a crowd. Not only was everyone fascinated with how it worked, they also loved the clean, sweet cup it produced.
Exploring, having fun, and learning wasn't all the extravaganza was about. It was also about showing off your steampunk style(s). Almost everyone showed up in a costume of sorts, and several people actually changed through out the day.
Wait, was that an Ornithopter?
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
The result? A very, very smooth and clean dark coffee... definitely worth trying at least once, so take your darkest roast and butter away!
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Monday, October 18, 2010
.... 3 creamers and 2 sugars later and I barely managed to gulp it down. There's still a bit left in the cup. I think I'll be pulling some espresso when I get home tonight. Not just for the caffeine kick, but I need to refresh the delicious taste of coffee and get rid of this nasty one.
Anyone else have a coffee experience that reminded them of why they drink the good stuff?
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
In the meantime, here are some pics of the other night filming. The wind was picking up a bit, hence the shielding!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Let the experimentation begin! Using standard our espresso blend, various syrups by Sweetbird, sauces, and other garnishes we set to work making drinks from ideas that we all came up with during the past week or so.
As we ground and tamped, pulled and repulled, syruped, sprinkled, drizzled and frothed, many drinks were born and consumed with eagerness to find perfection. Although all of them were delicious (i mean how could they not be with all that amazing espresso), there were some that were so perfect that it made your head spin and tongue tingle with delight leaving you wanting more. Hints of peaches, raspberries, chocolate, amaretto, caramel, and hazelnut pulled through to make some of the best drinks that I have ever tasted.
Here are some of our personal favorites!
Hazelnut Mocha (Dan attempted latte art, first tries could be worse!)
Caramel Soda Americano (yes you read that correctly)
Friday, September 24, 2010
Here is a pic, enjoy!
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
For those of you who LOVE Jamaican or Hawaiian coffees, this is a must try as it is in the same category. I cannot rave about it enough, so go get some already!
I will leave you today with a few parting images (the videos I took are a tad dark until I edit them) with our monthly sample roasting. Each month we all pitch blend ideas or rework an old coffee and take it for a spin on the sample roaster. Our sample roaster needs some work done to it though, but we have plans for that so we wont have to turn it by hand for much longer!
Oh and to the fine people at Dominican Gold, your espresso makers will be in route here in the next 2 weeks along with some lovely syrups, I cannot wait to here about you pulling shots on them and making drinks!
Monday, September 20, 2010
On top of that, our new coffee lot arrives this week from the Dominican Republic! I highly encourage EVERYONE to try out this coffee.
Our new bags are due in today as well, I posted up a sample pic on the Facebook Page of them.
In other silly, fun news, if you google us we are now in the top 6 search results! In closing, I will leave you with a shot of our new espresso machine up and running when we did tests on it.
Take care everyone!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
In the meantime, you can checkout some pics of the new machine if you are following us on Facebook, and be sure to check back frequently as we will be updating a great deal in the upcoming months!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
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Sunday, August 29, 2010
I like the new roast for this, it is much cleaner and sweeter than the previous. In my opinion the previous Guat was a bit too light (it was almost our lightest roast!), so now its a tad bit darker. The result is a nuttier cup, but still it has plenty of fruit hints and a chocolate aftertaste.
Once I finalize the new roast, the Guat will be on sale with any order of a pound or more.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The Pavoni is a harsh mistress.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Part 3 of our day to day (ish) quest for better latte art, again using an 8 cup La Pavoni Romantica.
I got a snowman... and accidentally an ugly swan, where as Ash is starting to get better at her hearts.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
While awaiting our Barlume, Ash and I have decided to try to learn latte art on our home lever machine, an 8 cup La Pavoni Romantica.
So far, here is what we got.
You can see Ashley is doing a better job than I!
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