Wow, it has been over a month since I last reported! The holidays have passed and we're still getting together every Friday. This past week, we were joined by one of my colleagues from work, Barry Beggs:
I'm known as the "coffee guy" at work, so naturally Barry asked for recommendations when he went shopping for a coffee grinder. Based on his budget and use, he decided on the Baratza Maestro. In the photo above, Barry has just finished off two rounds of double espressos. I had him pegged for a cappuccino guy, but he surprised me by drinking them straight. He did waver a bit on the fourth round, evidently worried about caffeine overload. Wimp.
The gloved one is Tim from Counter Culture Coffee:
While some employees there are updose fans, Tim is quite open-minded when it comes to dosing technique. Last Friday he handed me an espresso and asked what I thought was different about it. Given the low to medium body and light fruit profile, I figured it was another "how low can you go?" experiment (it was).
I don't know what Ian and Bob are chatting about in this chalk talk, but I'll guess it's about boilers:
Thanks Nathan for taking photos; the rest of the set is in this album
. Not sure what's on tap this week, but if you live in the Triangle area, you're welcome to join us! Based on the Counter Culture tweek about Apollo 7.0
, it's a safe bet that we'll be sampling the new version next Friday!