I'll try to keep this as short as possible:
For those who don't remember (or never heard it the 1st time): I was the
winner of the Tradition Offering from Tim TenClay of the 2 oz of Kopi Luwak.
I definitely wanted to share this rare experience and it worked out that a
small espresso/wine/tapas cafe in Athens (Aromas) allowed me and several
friends to hold our little tasting party there (thanks, Christy).
We met at 2:00pm, just after the cafe's opening and before there were any
other customers for the staff to tend to. With the cafe's staff, Christy
(the manager), her husband, my 3 friends (I have more friends - but only 3
wanted to try weasel poop coffee) there were about 12 of us all together.
I ground the coffee in my Solis Maestro about 3 notches from the finest
setting. The dry aroma was unlike any coffee I had ever had, and I passed
around the bin and let everyone have a 'sniff'. Chocolate, spice, and earth.
I took Tim's advice and brewed with a Moka pot. Everybody got a good sample
of the Kopi, and I must say it was different. Earthy is the best description
I can think of. Earthy, woody, and sweet. Very nice (there's nothing wrong
with good, clean dirt), but not what I would want every morning. One girl
said that it was "my grandmother's basement." Everyone enjoyed it, the
experience if not necessarily the taste of the coffee, and I had a good time
talking to them about coffee processing (with and without help from weasels
and birds), roasting, brewing, etc., and I plugged Sweet Maria's repeatedly.
There were many questions and, yes I'm shocked myself, I was able to answer
them. BTW, when I dumped the grounds, they smelled exactly like potting soil
- good, clean, potting soil.
Next big treat: Christy then produced a 12 oz. bag of beans (roasted to a
light City) that she had gotten from her roaster (Counter Culture Coffee) -
Panama Esmeralda Especial - Jaramillo (Gesha Cultivar). No kidding; that's
what she brought out. Ran a cup of Minute Rice through the SM, then a
handful of their espresso beans, knocked all the crumbs out that I could,
and ground the Esmeralda on the coarsest setting, for French press. Passed
around the grounds again and this time the comments were "hibiscus",
"cinnamon", "oranges". Someone said "It smells like Christmas." 55 grams of
coffee in 36 oz of boiling water in a French press. Everyone was impressed
with what they called the "tea-like" flavors they were tasting. In fact,
most agreed that, had they not been told it was coffee, they would have
thought it was tea. It was really delicious. We then tried it as a Moka pot
brew and it was very different. Definitely more coffee-like flavor.
Definitely delicious. I'm glad I've got 2 lbs of this coming my way (hurry
The staff was very interested in learning all they could about all aspects
of coffee, from the growing to the brewing, and Christy asked if I would
come back and do a roasting demo out in front of the cafe. Of course I said
I would be happy to (I'm a sucker for a pretty face). The staff was
suggesting that we do something like today on a more regular basis, like
once a month. I again expressed my willingness to participate. It was so
refreshing to see the staff of a place like this so interested in the
details of one of their products, especially in a college town where most
wait-staff know they're going to be outta here in a few years and prefer
All in all, a fun day. Thank you again, Tim, for the Tradition that allowed
me to do this, and thank you all for listening and being patient with my
Come get me mother, I'm through.
The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. -
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