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Culinary Coffee Report - December Issue
Culinary Coffee Report - December Issue
Posted December 8, 2005 11:40pm
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Recently, I was very privileged to try two spectacular coffees from two different roasters. These are coffees that truly illustrate what I preach as of late - that coffee is a culinary treat, and not a commodity or utility.

The first coffee is the El Salvador Siberia from Batdorf and Bronson. This amazing coffee balances the first ever "brightness" (acidity) that I've ever enjoyed in a cup (I'm no brightness fan) with a toffee like texture, and really, a maximum sweetness throughout the cup. It was freaking amazing. Highly recommended, but very limited. Price is a bit steep - $18.25 for 12oz, but definitely worth it. I'd match this fine coffee up with chocolate covered fruits, or anything that caramel goes with.

The second coffee is currently out of stock, but coming back soon (two 60kilo bags are being shipped as I type), and it’s the Tres Santos Micro Lot: Almaguer from Intelligentsia. I did a tasting recently on the CoffeeGeek Podcast, but I also go to try more the next morning both in a vac pot and as a press pot, and I was completely blown away. This coffee starts with a slight tingly sweetness, then develops into a massive mélange of fruits I can't nail down (because there's too many). Geoff said red licorice, and I wonder if that was his way of saying the group of fruits. It finishes sweet again, but a dry sweetness reminiscent of some of the better Cotes Provence rose wines. Amazing coffee. Intelly's price is good - $15.95 for 16oz (a pound), and well worth it. Keep an eye on this for when it comes back in stock.

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