I don't normally have the chance to listen to the Splendid Table, but
have enjoyed the show in the past when I have heard it. Every month or
so, I check out the show info through the publicradio.org site.
There's not much info on the site other than mention of the show and
some links, one to SM for beans.
I've read a couple of Davids' books and some of the information was
helpful. I know more now than I did when I first read his books and
I'm sure a number of people have gained enough knowledge and came to
believe they could try home roasting as a result of reading his
I have read here and on other forums that his cupping predjudices
sometimes put his opinion opposite that of many well recognized
coffee experts. Even so, there are times when he has reviewed a coffee
and it has been helpful information. Earlier this year he spoke well
of a Lake Tawar region Sumatra. When a bean from that region was
offered at SM and also reviewed well I was quick to give it a try and
happy I did... Sumatra Iskandar Triple Pick is still available from
SM; at $6.00/# green, I think I'm getting a bargain considering what
it costs roasted from some well known sellers!
There are times though when his evaluations of a coffee just don't
make any sense.
Here's a coffee he essentially panned, but
scored it an 86.
On 10/20/06, Zane Goff wrote: