Rocko Mountain Reserve

Place: Avenue / Great Western Road, Glasgow
Coffee: Avenue / Ethiopia / Yirgacheffe / Rocko Mountain Reserve
Variety: Heirloom / Natural
Drink: Cafetiere brewed
Roaster notes: Ripe strawberry, milk chocolate, orange, floral.

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I was curious to taste this coffee brewed at the very place that it had been roasted. I had already enjoyed the incredible strawberry sweetness of this Ethiopian Yirgacheffe as made by my own amateur setup at home. It had already been one of my favourite beans of the year but now it was time for the pros to show me how it was done.

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La Bandera

Place: Box Kite / Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York
Coffee: The Barn / Costa Rica / La Bandera
Variety: Red catuai / White honey
Drink: Espresso
Roaster notes: Macademia, blood orange, alfalfa honey.

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Our South African barista was struggling. He hadn’t “worked at this location before” and was frantically searching for something. “If you’re looking for your Kalita Wave, it’s sitting up there”, I pointed out to him. Annoyingly for him, we had asked for two of the most labour-intensive drinks to make on the menu: a pour-over and a 1&1 (espresso, macchiato, seltzer). With customers waiting and no help behind the bar, I could understand.

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Prologue

I want to tell you about some of the best cups of coffee I have.

1/5: Disgusting.
2/5: A negative experience.
3/5: A positive experience but nothing special.
4/5: A very good cup of coffee.
5/5: A very good cup of coffee worth writing about.