After my intervention in this topic, Am I too old and cranky for third wave coffee?
, about my only experiences with a "fancy" coffee, I made a couple of considerations.
The first one is that it is not that I do not like Hologram at all. In fact I like it with milk, as a base for a fantastic cappuccino.
The second one is that in a parallel world, the one of cigars and pipe tobacco, I have always enjoyed trying new blends, even those that were not actually what I would smoke every day. Liking something is one thing, appreciating something, even if you do not like it, is a different one. A blend with Latakia may be a masterpiece even if I do not really like Latakia, and in fact I have smoked many that are real masterpieces. I think I can appreciate quality even if don't want to "enjoy" it every day.
Few hours ago I went out and paid a visit to a local coffee shop, one that carries Counter Culture coffee. I saw that Hologram was on the menu and ordered a double shot.
Well, I still cannot say I like it but I may understand why a lot of people do. It's an interesting blend (of flavors). To me, the citric/acid notes are too pronounced, aggressive. But once they are gone the aftertaste is very nice and smooth. You want to take another sip.
So why not trying some other "fancy" coffee? I have a good espresso machine. I have two grinders. I can dedicate one grinder to the comfort blend, the Italian espresso I like and that I am going to continue to drink every day, while at the same time I can try something new by using the other grinder. Periodically, each month a new coffee, maybe. I can drink it both straight and with milk, most probably as a cortado other than a cappuccino.
The problem is: what to try? Short story:
May I ask members with thirty seconds of spare times to post one or two of their favorites
? The ones you really think I must try.
Hopefully something that can be easily ordered online, from a US source?