Monthly Archives: January 2012

final daily tasting – number 7: pulse brewing

So, when I started these tastings, my intention was to do one tasting each day for a week. Almost two weeks later, I’m finishing writing up day 7. In retrospect, this was definitely too ambitious a blogging project at a … Continue reading

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daily[ish] tasting six: espresso in iced drinks

I’ve noticed that there are many, many ways to make any given iced drink with espresso. I’ve also noticed that most of us baristas aren’t particularly serious about these drinks; we don’t care about them the way we do about … Continue reading

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daily tasting five: milk temperature

I’ve wanted to taste test too-hot milk for a while, and this tasting-a-day project has been a perfect excuse to finally do it. This experiment was pretty simple. I steamed milk just as I always do, then I steamed milk … Continue reading

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daily tasting 4: hittin’ the condiment bar (with espresso?)

In this episode, a bad idea on a bad day goes horribly wrong. After some friendsthrowingoutallofmeandDaria’sclean22ozbottlesonbottlingdayprobablyaccidentally-related mishaps, I had to run to Davis square to buy a case of empty 22s. Incidentally, the brewers emporium was closed. I found myself … Continue reading

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tasty-taste version 2.2 day three (wtf): more espresso sitting around

So, in competition-practice induced overcaffeinated sleep deprivation, I sort of overstated my conclusion in my day two tasting that the quality of brewed espresso doesn’t really change much if it sits around, except for the degrading texture. I decided this … Continue reading

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a tasting a day keeps the whateva: day 2, cooling espresso

I did today’s tasting before me ‘n’ Daria Whalen’s competition practice last night at ERC BU, with Daria and our friend Patricia. Daria has been interested in tasting cool espresso since coming across this post while obsessing over Gwilym.1 We … Continue reading

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a tasting a day keeps the whateva: day 1, espresso extraction deconstruction

I think I settled on a coffee for competition last night (NERBC what what!). I don’t plan on giving any hints as to what I settled on, and furthermore here’s a really cool picture I took last night that isn’t … Continue reading

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