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Tasting Blog: Ethiopia Sidamo Haile Selassie by La Grange Coffee Roasters

A few months back we came up with the idea to start writing regular blogs that would feature different roasters from around Louisville, the Midwest, and even nationally that we felt were doing great things in coffee. Like we stated in the first blog, we hope that we are able to bring exposure to these roasters, and we love tasting new coffees!

Bunn Trifecta - First Impression

The Bunn Trifecta is way more impressive in person than what I’ve read about or seen in pictures. The fact that this machine is hand-made and is primarily composed of metal attests to the craft and durability. This thing looks and feels sturdy. Many have said that the Trifecta is not a very attractive looking unit and I would have to disagree. The simple, gray, industrial look of this machine matches much of the aesthetics I’m seeing in more and more specialty coffee shops.

Barista Bash 002 in Review

Local Shops: New Java on Brownsboro

In addition to our coffee review blog series, we have decided to add another. When we have a pleasant experience at a coffee shop, we want to share it with you all in hopes that it will encourage people to check out the good things that are happening in the Louisville coffee community. We hope to write a post about as many local shops as we can and possibly some in neighboring cities. Hope you enjoy!

Anticipating the Dalla Corte Evolution and the Mazzer Mini!

So we can't keep the secret any longer. We are letting the cat out of the bag. Within the next several days, Prima Coffee will be the proud new owner of a two group Dalla Corte Evolution espresso machine for demoing in the office and future Barista Bashes and latte art competitions around town! And that's not all; it will be paired with the excellent Mazzer Mini grinder! If you want to stop by and pull a shot, give us a call!

Tasting Blog: Kenya AA Chania Estate French Mission by La Terza Artisan Coffee Roasterie

This is the first of what we hope to be many tasting blogs in the future featuring roasters from Louisville, the Midwest, and nationally. Our hopes in doing this are threefold. First, we want to bring exposure to great roasters and shops we believe are doing good in the specialty coffee movement. Second, we want to introduce these roasters to the readers of our blog. And third, we love trying out great coffees in the office!

The Versatile Aeropress

We received our first shipment of Aerobie Aeropress brewers this morning. I wasn't sure what to expect from a frisbee manufacturer, but the reviews I've read were all very positive. As soon as we could, Lee and I both headed off to the break room to brew up the first two cups. Lee used more water with a medium grind. I used less water with a grind only a little coarser than espresso.

Upcoming Cupping Blogs and Coffee 101

We are planning to add a new focus for the blog in the next several weeks. Starting soon, we hope to regularly review coffee from different roasters locally here in Louisville, as well as across the country (and beyond!). This will provide us with an opportunity to not only cup great coffee in the office, but also to provide those reading our blog exposure to roasters and shops who are bringing specialty coffee to the mainstream. Get excited; we sure are! And to all you roasters out there, you are welcome to send us free samples, if you wish!

Excited to be Here!

The good folks at Prima Coffee asked me to introduce myself on the blog, and I said I would be happy to do so! This is my first week as the newest member of the Prima Coffee team, and I am thankful for being given this opportunity to be a part of the vision Prima has for coffee in Louisville and beyond.

Sippin' on Sidama - Thank You PT's!

PT's Coffee very graciously sent us bags and bags of coffee and espresso for the Bash a couple of weeks ago. There was some Ehtiopia Sidama Ardi Natural left over and we snatched it up for our office enjoyment (which is what we are sipping on this morning). The citrus fruit notes have mellowed out a bit after a couple of weeks but there is still a deep, sweet fruit and spice taste that is keeping me well satisfied. Thank you PT's and thank you Mike!

What a Bash!

Sorry for the delay, but this is my first day back in the office since the Bash. First off... wow! What an awesome success! So many people showed up and so much great coffee was consumed. Congrats to Chris Heiniger and Kenny Smith who took first and second place in the latte art competition, and a HUGE thank you to Chris Deferio for driving down from Muncie and gracing us with his coffee expertise.

There are so many more people to thank. I'm not sure where to begin and I'm sure that I will forget somebody. Here goes, thank you to:

And a Super Big "Thank You" to Intelligentsia!

Intelligentsia was so kind as to send us some excellent coffee for the Bash. Don't worry, we taste tested it for you =)

Tuesday Morning Cup: 60% Costa Rica Don Mayo La Ponderosa Bourbon & 40% of Ethiopia Beloya Selection Eight

This morning, I brewed a batch in the V60 at home, then brought it here to the office. Since I had a lot of leftover batches lying around my kitchen, I combined the end of two batches to get an acceptable amount of coffee for my desired yield size. The coffees? Roughly 60% of Costa Rica Don Mayo La Ponderosa Bourbon and 40% of Ethiopia Beloya Selection Eight, both of which were kept on the lighter side of the roasting spectrum.

Barista Bash 001 Invite

Last Friday, Peter and I spent the majority of our work day meandering throughout Louisville, visiting as many coffee shops as we could. The primary purpose for this venture was to make people aware of Prima Coffee's existence, and, secondarily, to invite baristas -- and anyone else interested -- to our very first Prima Coffee event, Barista Bash 001.

Friday Morning Cup: Panama La Berlina Estate Typica

This morning, I pressed a batch of Panama La Berlina Estate Typica. I remember it having a wonderful, full and round mouthfeel, quite viscous and pleasant. I go back and forth between thinking it's a bit syrupy and a bit hefty, like whole milk. No chalkiness, either, which is extra nice. And its taste? Brightness like a Central American coffee often has, with citrus fruit notes that fade into a graham cracker finish. It's a somewhat juicy cup, too, in that it doesn't give off too much of a drying sensation.

Linking Around

Today, the city of Louisville is being hit with what the meteorologists are predicting will be four to six inches of snow, which, when translated into practical terms, means many of the area's schools and some businesses are closed for the day. It also means that more than a few folks are snowed in and unable -- or unwilling -- to get out of their driveways. Thus, I feel honor-bound to produce something of interest for those of you who are in need of some sort of coffee-themed delight, and therefore have compiled another list of links for you to peruse and ruminate over.

French Press Revisited

Last week, I wrote about what I perceive to be one of the most common misconceptions in all of coffee, the myth of the french press. This morning, I got a text message from my buddy Justin telling me that he's becoming frustrated with the fines he's getting in his french press brews.

Hario Buono V60 Electric Kettle!

We've gotten confirmation from our distributor of Hario products that they're bringing in, among other things, an electric version of the Buono V60 water kettle. As someone that loves the pouring qualities of the kettle, I often find myself heating water in another electric kettle first, then transferring that water to the Buono.

Transfer no longer needed!

The French Press Myth

A week or two ago, Kyle Glanville of Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea shared a thought on Twitter: many high-end coffee shops that pride themselves on the quality of their espresso serve downright mediocre filtered coffee. This is not a sentiment I can agree with based on my own personal experience, as I've not been able to frequent many such shops in person, but I do agree with it in principle.

Anfim Super Caimano 2.0: Barista Review

Editor's note: This is what I hope will be the first in a long series of barista reviews, a blossoming section on prima-coffee.com that will feature a practical look at equipment written by someone in real-world conditions. Sam Lewontin is a barista and barista trainer at Equal Exchange Espresso in Seattle, Washington. He contributes to the Why Not?

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