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i love my arabica beans. :)

judy b.

My new favorite coffee comes from Blue Bottle Coffee Company, named after Vienna's first coffee house:

Blue Bottle sells only organic beans and a nice variety of roasts. I'd encourage people to read up on Fair Trade coffee, too: http://www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/fairtrade/coffee/index.html

Julian Gordon

This is following up my email about my 25 years experience of home espresso making; and your suggesting I check your web site. I recommended a simple, rugged, compact, low cost, Braun model which I have been using continuously for about 15 years.

Let me make it clear at the outset that I am an iconoclast as well as a scientist. And I make strong espresso, straight, uncreamed and unsweetened. This is far less forgiving than your chi chi coffee cocktails. Beans are critical. They do not have to be particularly fresh. Whole beans keep well for weeks, as long as they are freshly ground before use. I just look for the darkest and greasiest-looking beans. I get either Whole Foods extra dark French Roast or Papanicoulos Italian Espresso Roast. The latter is a stock brand in most supermarket chains here in the Mid-West. I don't know whether it's around in the NY neighorhood.

I recently tried the best I could find from a Hawaiian web site and had it air-freighted in, for the benefit of a visiting daughter-in-law. My conclusion? Not worth the bother.

serge the concierge


I have been reading your columns for many years, congratulations on your blog.

I started my blog 'Serge the Concierge' http://www.sergetheconcierge.typepad.com about 10 months ago and 200+ posts later it has taken a life of its own.
I originally started it to share tastes, tips and interests with current and potential clients for my concierge and errands business 'Montclair Concierges' based in Montclair, New Jersey.

I actually wrote a couple of posts related to coffee:
One on Coupa Cafe located in Palo Alto. They sell coffee and chocolates from Venezuela

The other was on Ritual Coffee Roasters this San Francisco (Mission District) coffee shop is one of the favorite hangouts and also a second office for various programmers and techies

I also started contributing to the Newsvine whose goal is to combine mainstream and citizen journalism. I will actually write there about your blog today.

Keep up the good writing


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