Last Friday featured the introduction of two new offerings from Counter Culture Coffee, starting with Thiriku
, which they say "offers notes of fig, coconut, and pineapple over savory undertones and a crisp finish much like a dry white wine." Below is a photo of Ian's reaction: Ian Stewart: photographer, business consultant, amateur astronomer, dog fanatic, etc.
We tried it as French press and cone drip. The overwhelming description of the former was that of meat broth, savory flavors; I likened it to salisbury steak, a meal I haven't had in many years. Isn't it odd how coffee can provoke the memory of long-dormant tastes? The cone preparation was more nuanced, i.e., the beefy notes faded to the background, allowing the mild fruitiness into the foreground.
The other treat was a preview of the next version of Apollo, dubbed 5.0. It's a bit fruitier than the last go-around; I like the current version on sale but really
like it this upcoming version's tweak towards the fruit side. It will be interesting to see how it plays with the chocoholics.
The turnout was low this past Friday, likely due to the upcoming holiday. But you could have knocked me over with a feather after seeing these two gentlemen in attendance:David Morris and Mike Walsh
Spotting Dave isn't that
unusual on Fridays, but Mike changed jobs and subsequently fell off radar for the last couple years. He and Dave are among the first attendees of the espresso lab in Durham. It was great to see them both and catch up on news.