Late last night we got back from this Christmas trip that I have not
decided was a trip from hell or one hell of an adventure. Total miles
ended up at 5,283 in my little 07 Toyota Yaris hatchback. I love the
car but on several legs of the trip we challenged its capacity
carrying me, my wife, my granddaughter, our luggage, my coffee kit,
Briene-a half St. Bernard/half German Shepherd and Rote Zorra-a half
Golden Retriever/half Afghan hound.
For the trip I roasted about two pounds of a quick travel blend of
Columbia 13353 Supremo 45%/some older Java 50%/Anohki Liberica 5% the
night before we left and I used the last of it to make a couple of
quick cups with the AeroPress this morning, it was a nice blend that
took theAnohki held up quite well . On the trip I only tried three
coffee places, was unable to get to another when it was open and could
not quite get a meeting with Terry Titsworth in Tulsa Oklahoma together.
The first place I tried was mentioned on the list back in July by
Sandy Andina. King's Coffee Company in Dearing, Kansas pulls a decent
espresso. The coffee was not stale nor was it over roasted. However,
the beans probably would not have made Tom's cut, a good solid coffee
flavor but none of those extras that make Tom's coffees special.
While Dearing, Kansas is really out of the way, their guest book is
signed by people from just about every state and a good number of
The second place was Cafe Latte in Rapid City, SD. They roast
on site in full view so I got to watch their roaster go through a
cycle. The operator of the roaster put in about five pounds of
greens, turn on the heat and I watched the temp go up at about one
degree F every three seconds to 427 when he dumped to the cooler. I
heard him comment that the roasted beans kind of looked like their
decaf. The color looked a little dark for 427F to me. I was
disappointed to see a straight ramping up of temperature rather than a
profile. The coffee was indeed fresh but not of especially good
quality and I could not see the espresso machine but the kid running
it did not give an impression of expertise.
The third place was the Coffee House on Cherry Street in Tulsa,
Oklahoma. The espresso was drinkable, I judged it a very good blend
that was not over roasted but showing a bit of staleness. The
atmosphere here made us feel at home instantly, probably the most
pleasant couple of hours of the three week trip were spent here. I
was unable to make it to the Double Shot which Terry Titsworth
recommended or arrange a visit with him because I got called back to
South Dakota to help my daughter move and had to cut the Tulsa time
down to two days.
Well, I am back and I will try to get caught up on some of the
more than a thousand posting I missed.