Friday, March 04, 2005

press me, doma

long-time readers may recall that the first installment of the doma was delayed by a shipping bobble, making it a tad too old for a fair taste. but yesterday i was thrilled to receive outta da blue another batch of doma coffee, the front of the bag boldly roast-dated march 1.

have i said lately how much i love roasters who offer consumers a "born-on" roast date? if not, lemme say it now!

some people quibble about coffee freshness. i've personally found that espresso after day 14 is tired and doesn't offer good shots.

drip coffee doesn't have a much longer shelf-life, either to my mind, which is why i always say that "coffee is like milk." you wouldn't drink 3-week-old milk, would you, much less a month old?

but some people don't necessarily agree, and what's great about roast-dating is that then the consumer can decide: hmm, look at that date, do i want to buy it? again, just as you do with milk, going through the cartons to see the date stamped on top.

i mean, maybe there will be folks who love a certain coffee at 6 weeks. . .maybe.

so tomorrow we do the espresso thing with this new coffee. i didn't want to try it today because some people think espresso should "rest" for a couple of days before you pull it to let the flavors of the freshly roasted coffee meld.

the coffee should be well-rested and good to go. can't wait to give it a try.

also, today bccy pal oren is back from judging the coffee competition in ethiopia. he promises he'll write up a travel summary and pop it on his website: i can't wait to link to that.

more also, altho' maybe this should be filed under "regional coffee culture," i'm keeping my eyes peeled for how the u.k. baristi do in seattle at the world barista championship.

simon robertson of the leoni hopes to crack the top 10. if so, that would definitely be statement about the situation of the u.k.'s coffee culture: then we could clearly say that britain is well on its way to joining japan as a "formerly tea drinking nation."

finally, a lovely statement on the value of yoga from a former asana skeptic: "i also began to understand... that on some level yoga frightened me, because it made me feel so much. . . heaven knows it's hard for us humans to set aside fearful behaviors in favor of loving and trusting ones."

i think this insight is common to every single serious yoga student i know. weclome to your advanced yoga practice, terry marotta!

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