Thursday, April 27, 2006


today's espresso porn

colin's shots on silvia long-time readers know -- i scarcely hide it -- that my readership stays pretty much around 1,000 unique page views a day. that's my core audience of coffee-lovin', home-bakin', chocophilic yoginis.

my husband often suggests i try to boost my readership with appeals to sex and commercialism. so here it is: today's espresso porn shot, courtesy of colin from coffee crew. for you slavering espressohounds, these gorgeous shots are being pulled on colin's rancilio siliva.

the coffee in question comes from scaa pro member sara of everydaygourmet "at the historic st. lawrence market - toronto ontario," as colin puts it.

the beans are 3 days old. i think i should try some mail-order here, hmm? or will i run into some kind of crazy customs gig?

in other news, scaa board member peter g. of counterculture surprised me today with a triple-certified -- fair-trade, organic, and shade-grown -- bolivian coffee, the caranavi.

this is very exciting, as it will be one of the few bolivian coffees i've had. the biggest bolivian fan i know is the famed andrew b. of ecco.

devoted readers will recall his bolivian c.o.e., grown by the late juan de dios blanco. so this should be an interesting addition to my bolivian origin experience!

it's in keeping with andean coffees i've been hanging out with lately -- from colombia, now bolivia. so far they all seem to have a few things in common -- bright and with strong vanilla notes.

speaking on andean coffees, i brewed up some of mary petitt's juan valdez macizo, as mentioned yesterday, in the "oren proportion" in the chemex.

i chose the chemex so i could better balance that coffee's bright character and light body. to french press it would lower the brightness, but strengthen the body; to vac pot, would send the brightness of the charts and thin the body down to nothingness.

since i love balance in a coffee, i chose the chemex to get the best of brightness and to increase the body a tad. success.

i warn you all -- a super-crisp & snappy, nutty, vanilla-y coffee most people would enjoy, esp. with sugar, for breakfast. a coffee not for the above espressohounds!

and finally, i'm going to yoga today no matter what or else i'll basically explode. . .luckily my husband seems to be improving rapidly, and has started to walk a bit around the house. . .

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