A reader sent these suggestions in response to my coffee column today:
...you might want to look into Torrefazione espresso. A
friend of ours gave us some of it as a present and it is outstanding. You
can visit the Web site. We have tried the Perugia blend and the Palermo blend, and we like the Palermo especially.
The influence of the coffee grinder is not, in our experience, limited to
espresso. We tasted an immediate difference in making drip coffee with our
Melitta 4-cup maker. Actually, CoffeeGeek had stated that the discontinued
KitchenAid 4-cup maker was possibly the best 4-cupper ever made. So, I went
into eBay and looked around. Lots of people were selling these machines,
and at inflated prices (it cost $30 new). I managed to find it at QVC for
$25 and at http://goldaskitchen.com/ for a tad more. We bought one and
found that it produced a really superior cup. So, we did some Web surfing
and bought five more, just in case!
Since you write for the New York Times, I assume that you live in or around
New York. Please check out Oren's Daily Roast. We prefer Oren's coffee
to all the others that we have tried. Their espresso (called Beowulf blend)
is OK, but not up to Torrefazione in our opinion. However, if you want a
great cup of drip coffee, Oren's can't be beat. The company has several
locations in Manhattan (including Grand Central Station).
Thanks for the suggestions, Jonathan.