Thursday, March 19, 2009
God & a Buncha Mexican Wrestlers in a Cup
Over at 21st St., we've been knocking back an informative read, Michaele Weissman's God in a Cup: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Coffee. For anyone drinking Counter Culture, this book is the shortcut way to meet co-owner and buyer Peter Giuliano. It's the inside on the buying practices of all those roasters you like to name-check. If you're even the slightest bit serious about your joe practices, you should bone up with this. The author takes me to the farms that I am drinking from. She's matter-of-fact and unassuming, and it's easy to become absorbed.
Also on our knock-back agenda, we are sipping Los Luchadores, a coffee that Distrito should serve immediately. Heavy indeed, the beans are jumbo, larger than most. This is a savory, smoky hit, described as muscular.
I know people who won't consider specialty coffee because they don't think it's affordable, but we've actually saved cash by having Counter Culture delivered (avg. $12 a bag and $5 shipping, lots of $5 coupon encouragement). We are less tempted to drink outside of home because the quality just isn't there.
Want to pick it up on the way home? Spruce St. Espresso usually has a good assortment of Counter Culture beans, and Lovers & Madmen Lounge brews it up, too.