Kalita Kantan Dripper
Coffee: Coutume Café Brazilian Bob-A-Link
Listening to: Aeroplane April 2012 mix (free, and well worth a listen!)
The kind chaps at Brew Lab provided me with what appears to be the ultimate in travel brewing - the Kalita Kantan drippers. Naturally I’ve taken them for a spin in the most suitable environment possible… my kitchen…
Not really knowing what to try, I used the same ratio as my V60 method (12g coffee to 200ml water), and it came out quite well. The filter itself is miniature, so the method was mostly just top-up continuously until I reached 200ml, a little later than I’d hoped. A little coarser and it would be marvellous.
I can see myself buying a lot of these for future holidays - 100g of ground coffee and a 10-pack would suit perfectly for a week away. In flight, far less fiddly than the Aeropress too.
Riverhill Coffee Bar (Glasgow)
Not my usual city for speciality coffee, but nonetheless just on my doorstep. Riverhill opened early this year serving Dear Green coffee on some quite impressive machinery. No filter coffees yet, but the array of gorgeous-looking food certainly makes up for it in the meantime. Unfortunately this was a flying visit this time around - I barely managed a snap of my flat white before I (and the flat white) disappeared.
Really delicious, and I’ll be going back for filters and food when they’re a little more settled. Just outside Glasgow Central Station, nip in as soon as you arrive and they’ll perk you up.
Riverhill Coffee Bar, 24 Gordon Street, Glasgow, G1 3PU
I recently read (via Coffeeopolis and @bramas001) about what appears to be the future of transportation - a coffee-powered car! Managing a world-record breaking top speed (for a car of its kind) of 65 miles per hour, the vehicle is fuelled by the gasification of pellets made from chaff - a thin, papery byproduct of roasting coffee.
My (pessimistic) prediction: a Starbucks refuelling station on every corner.
More information can be found here at inhabitat.
It’s a glorious day! Time to try something new. Prepped in a V60, this bean has sweet, syrupy plum, dark chocolate and buttery toast on the nose, whilst tasting very fresh, keeping fruity and a little oaky.
Very tasty stuff, and I’ve got a couple more to try soon too.
Coutume Café Brazilian Bob-A-Link
Listening to: Frank Ocean - channel ORANGE
I picked this up on a recent successful and wonderful trip to Paris, but due to packing limitations I had no way of brewing it over there! First morning back, I prepped it in a V60 for my flatmate and I. Honey and raisins, with a pervading yet pleasant savoury finish. Caramelly sweet with a little sharpness on the nose. Very tasty coffee - lots more to come!
Also just wanted to say that I’ve been recommended this album for so long and only just bought it this morning. One play-through so far and I absolutely love it.
Artisan Roast Brazilian Fazenda Pantano
Listening to: James Taylor - You Can Close Your Eyes
Prepared in a V60 for myself and my flatmate. A little sourness underneath juicy fruits and a delicate caramel sweetness.
I’m lucky enough to have some fantastic goodies from Christmas which I’ll be posting about in due course. Today I used two beautiful Bodum double-walled glasses from E that you’ll see very often. Happy New Year!
Artisan Roast Winter Blend with a Blagdon Farm Shop mince pie.
Listening to: Sleigh bells ring!
No ‘during’ photos today because its Christmas Eve and I’m busy doing other important things, like eating and drinking and being merry. Prepped in an Aeropress this time around, the combo is just delicious.
Merry Christmas to all!
Artisan Roast Winter Blend
Listening to: The Rat Pack - The Christmas Album
This fruity, festive newbie is comprised of 45% Brazilian Fazenda Pantano, 30% Guatemalan Finca La Perla and 25% Rwandan Impala High Red Bourbon, giving red fruits, figs, honey, spices, and all the trimmings. Great black or with milk. Prepped this in a V60.
Decorated the tree today and this really got me in the mood! Merry Christmas everyone.
Artisan Roast Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Aricha Woreda
Listening to: Fleet Foxes - Self-titled
Amazing stuff! Aeropressed at work, it has complex acidity and fantastic jasmine notes, all topped off with fresh orange. Not so nutty this time round, but a little lighter than the V60 of the same coffee. I’ll be drinking an enormous amount of this.