Before Starbucks, before the latest coffee shop on every corner, we took our coffee very seriously growing up. I'd wake up to the aroma of fresh ground beans. My Mom had the Melitta drip which I used for years before moving to the French press and now I have moved into the high end coffee machine. Our beans were always ground at home right before using. None of the already ground for us. Our flavor was generally a half/half mixture of french roast and mocha java. I actually prefer the straight French roast.
My sister-in-law sent Josh back with a bag of coffee beans which she calls the "pineapple express" of coffee. She is so right. These beans, from Intelligentsia, are strong yet subtle and really smooth. One bag will not do it. I might find myself on a search for the beans in NYC or just have them delivered to my door from Los Angeles every week.
Nothing wrong with taking your coffee seriously. I like the Intelligentsia as well, there’s an independent Vancouver coffee house in the downtown that serves it, and is one of my favourites. Starbucks is an easy fallback because, like Budweiser or Mondavi, it’s predictably average and hence comfortable. Good job on getting back to your roots.
Gourmet Garage has these I think!
What kind of coffee maker are you using now? I’ve tried everything, but I’m still happiest with the french press.p.s. email me your address and I’ll send you a couple of my favorite roasts/blends from Seattle.
We have a Jurra and a Saeco. Both work fine for us. The Jurra is a littletemperamental and the Saeco is very noisy but both make fantastic coffee.
Intelligentsia is so tasty.My favorite brunch places in LA are supplied by Intelligentsia, so it’s hard to go anywhere else 🙂
have you tried La Colombe Torrefaction? I take to the Corsica roast for my percolator, though I did enjoy Phocea for awhile
Have not tired La Columbe Torrefaction. Are they only in Philadelphia?
They’re based in Philadelphia, but they have an office & cafe in NYC. I think in TriBeCa. Can’t remember where though.