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Good Times

So, it has been an embarrassingly long time since we have blogged. Perhaps one could blame it on the holidays, or the New Year, or all the time spent trying to stick to those resolutions that we are about to break soon anyway, but in the end there is really no excuse. I'm not even sure what to write about, to tell the truth. We have some ideas for educational and helpful blogs in the future, but alas this is not one of those. So I will just take the time to speak of the good things in coffee that I have experienced over the last several hours.

Eat, Link, and Be Merry...

As you may have heard, Intelligentsia recently released an iPhone app. The app is free and provides the user with tips and a built in timer for various brewing methods, as well as access to a catalog of all their current coffee offerings. Check out a more full review of it here.

Louisville Barista Bash 004 Recap

Several days have passed, yet the satisfaction of such a great bash still lingers! I believe it was a great event for the Louisville coffee community. Friday evening felt more like we were hanging and geeking out in someone's home than in a shop setting. We want to give big thanks to Anchorage Cafe for being such accommodating hosts. You guys were awesome and were so open to our requests and crazy ideas!

Barista Bash 004 = Coffee Heaven

Do you know how hard it is to have this coffee sitting in your cubicle without touching it? Tomorrow's Barista Bash is going to be awesome :)

Why Barista Bash 004 Will Be Worth Your Friday Night

This will be the fourth Prima Coffee Barista Bash and we are especially excited about the event for several different reasons. Don't get me wrong - free coffee, free espresso, free advice from local coffee enthusiasts, free demonstrations by a coffee expert, and a free date night all combined with the enjoyment of observing the different brew methods (and talking your significant other into buying new coffee equipment) will be at this Bash just as they were at the other three. However, this Bash will be unique for these three reasons:

The Tale of El Salvador Los Luchadores & Pumpkin the Donut

It was a dark and misty morning. The sun lay slumbering behind the horizon. All normal people remained in bed. I stumbled over to Nord's Bakery, bleary-eyed and half dead. I needed a hard-hitting shot of donut, and I needed it fast. The tinny clang of the bell announced my arrival. I was greeted by the always cheery staff. "Mhpshdlhuyh," I replied. I held up four fingers and pointed to the donuts I wanted.

Prima Coffee's Siphon Brewing Guide and Yama Siphon Review

Over the past couple of years I've experimented with many different brewing methods. The one brewing method that captivated me when introduced to it and the one which I keep running back to when I want to be able to count on a good cup of coffee is the Siphon. The Siphon is a somewhat rare and slightly intimidating brewing device. As for rare, we've put together a review on the siphon which should help you become more familiar with this brewing device.

Wednesday Morning Cup: Costa Rica San Marcos Tarrazu

Barbara, our Prima accountant, just invested in a Hottop roaster and we are enjoying the fruit (pun somewhat intended) of her labor. Monday, she brought in a bag of her new Costa Rica San Marcos Tarrazu from Sweet Maria's. We have been salivating as we waited for the three day roasting mark to pass. Today, we broke open the bag and plundered the treasure.

Barista Bash 003 Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Prima Coffee Barista Bash 003 hosted by Java Brewing Company on Friday night! There was a great turn out with both new and familiar faces in attendance.

Hario Skerton vs Mini Mill: Review

We get a lot of questions about Hario's Skerton and Mini Mill. How are they different? Which is better? Is one preferable to the other for my home, my office, my travels? Here's everything we know.

Monday Morning Cup: Costa Rica Naranjo San Juanillo

So satisfying. That is all that can be said about the "Costa Rica Naranjo San Juanillo" roasted by Kane at Sunergos Coffee that we just Chemexed in the office. The dry aroma is peanut butter, while the wet aroma is toffee and molasses. It has a nicely bright acidity. A very sweet cup. Toffee and graham cracker. We are getting some cherries, apples and cane sugar comments in the office. It leaves an aftertaste on the tongue of sweet dark chocolate. Wow. Much goodness on a Monday morning.

Roaster and Shop Blog: Pearland Coffee Roasters and Antigua Coffee House

This is the third installment of our blog series focusing on microroasteries (and shops) around Louisville, the Midwest, and also across the country. Our good friends Pearland Coffee Roasters are a young roasterie based out of the town of the same name, Pearland, Texas. Pearland is a rapidly growing city located just outside of Houston.

Monday Morning Cup: Kenya Nyeri Gathaithi Peaberry

Enjoying a V60 of some Kenya Nyeri Gathaithi Peaberry in the office. Roasted a bit darker, around a full city to full city + to tone down the brightness and acidity and bring out more winey sweetness. This cup has a buttery mouthfeel that sits on the back of the tongue, with lemon sweetness. Very nice.

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! (We won't charge admission, but coffee donations are greatly appreciated!) Stay tuned for more info about the machine as we test it out.

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.

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