Just wanted to take this opportunity to thank Barry and his lovely wife
for sharing their Saturday afternoon with me. He has a great
Zassenshaus collection and I got some hands on experience with Turkish,
knee, open-hopper mills. I'm leaning toward the knee mill for now, but
may have to pick up a Turkish for when I get back to a weekly travel
Barry graciously broke the seal on the vac-pouch of Ohana that he
ordered from Mike. He took me through his espresso routine, from the
Mazzer grind to the elegant double-boiler machine with the E61
grouphead. Soon, I was blissfully sipping that heady elixir. Nice
rich, dark crema and very complex aroma and taste. I couldn't place it
at first, but when Barry mentioned stout, it clicked. I was coached
through pulling shots on his machine and also learned the tricks of the
Aeropress--gotta add that to my travel pack. His Gautemala roast was
superb, getting even better as it cooled.
The conversation was even more delightful than the coffee (imagine!) and
we covered a lot of ground. One real gem was to learn that Alchemist
John from the list is a chocolate maven. I've been working in chocolate
for many years as an avocation--we will have to talk :-).
Cruising in a convertible along the Hawaiian shore and over the
mountains was no hardship either. Oh, and I caught my first Hawaiian
fish. Saturdays don't get much better than that.
Thanks again Barry,
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