But I can't say that I chase the good stuff. I've had outstanding coffee: Ninth Street Espresso, Blue Bottle Coffee at the Ferry Building, Philz Coffee (my favorite ever). I know it's good and I appreciate it's good. Ultimately, though, when it comes down to it, I buy Starbuck's and pretty much subsist on that. It's easy, it's accessible.
Adam was just on a business trip in the Bay Area and came back with a bag of Blue Bottle:
The difference between this bag and my usual Starbuck's was marked. Which won't be a surprise to you coffee aficionados. But it has certainly inspired me to make more of an effort to get the good stuff. I mean, I live in NYC, for heaven's sake. It shouldn't be that hard.
I insist on quality in so much that I put in my body - why not coffee?
What about you, fellow coffee drinkers? What do you drink? How do you brew it?
Eat, drink, and seek out quality.
For more about coffee, check out these links:
- My good friend, Amy: she calls herself a "coffee snob" but she's more like a coffee evangelist, spreading the Good Word to as many people who will hear her.
- Ashley at Not Without Salt has written loads about coffee: roasting your own beans, flavoring coffee, coffee pudding (which Martha's Circle and the gorgeous Kinfolk Magazine linked to!), and coffee tasting.
- The Amateur Gourmet couldn't say enough good things about Joe: The Art of Coffee when he was living in NYC. As it turns out, there's an outpost rather close to my apartment - I'll visit there ASAP!
- The Paupered Chef has a great tutorial on brewing the perfect cup.