In Defense of Friendly Coffee

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I am a YUGE fan of mind-blowing, amazing coffees with flavors that sparkle and dance and explode like pop-rocks on your tongue. I really like unbalanced, extreme flavors in coffee, beer and food. What I LOVE in coffee though is complexity of flavor, perfect balance, nuance, depth and refinement. I lose my mind over coffees that display the rarest of all attributes: a complete circle of flavor that has pleasant attributes from several section of the flavor wheel. Coffees balanced with both extremes in flavor and nuanced in refinement. Those coffees that are deeply sweet, well-balanced, display structured acidity and well-developed mouthfeel. Coffees where no single attribute or flavor dominates the flavor party. Coffees that are open and inviting and extraordinary but remarkably easy to receive. Friendly Coffees I typically despise the phrase “approachable coffees” not because of what they are, instead because of how the phrase too often justifies disingenuous actions. I am talking about coffees that are not approachable because they are dumbed down by an overly dark roast, bought because they have no flavor and are super cheap or brewed intentionally weak to remove flavor. I am talking about the opposite. To me Friendly Coffees are coffees that are Continue reading In Defense of Friendly Coffee

Why Bud Light Drinkers Are More Beer Snobs Than I Am

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I hate beer. It is nasty and flavorless. But I love Craft beer. It tastes fantastic, is full of flavor and complexity, is made with quality ingredients and tends to have interesting stories. It tastes nothing like crap beer. There is no price point at which mass produced crap American lagers like Bud Light, Coors and PBR are attractive to me. I would rather drink water than a watered down beer-like liquid. I have high standards for all food and drink from coffee and beer to tacos and cheese. I choose quality and flavor over crap and blandness. Does that make me a beer snob? To most Americans beer (and coffee) are supposed to be cheap, nasty or tasteless and have no redeeming characteristics whatsoever. Listen to a typical crap beer drinker and they will rail against all these damn craft beer hipsters ruining their beer enjoyment. They will grow incensed that anyone would or should pay more than $2 for a beer. (Or whatever mythical number they have decided is how much they pay for their beer) They ridicule anyone who prefers their food and drink to have flavor and be high quality. Arguing about why all beer should Continue reading Why Bud Light Drinkers Are More Beer Snobs Than I Am