企鵝之越酒窖:Penguin’s Leap Wine Cellar

十一月 25, 2014

Coffee Review

文章類別: Caffe — Alfred @ 4:06 pm

由於各種原因,喝咖啡去。Aeropress,Hario V60,Kono,Mokapot,French Press都有用。

下劃線代表推薦下劃加深代表極推薦。

Fresh Coffee by Landy

  • Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Koke Espresso @ Full City
  • Ethiopia Sidamo Union Fair Trade @ Full City

Very elegant with pour over (Kono). Pleasing with Aeropress (paper), but not as revealing as the pour over. Too spicy and edgy, if not unpleasantly sour with the French Press. Very nice. Given the price, the Sidamo is better.

  • Deep Blend @ Full City +

Lacking in body and flavour for the typical Landy experience. Even with high dosage, nothing really impressive. Tried with Aeropress and pour over.

  • Mandeling/Brazil @ Full City + 

Surprising pleasing with such a budget price. Though lacking in complexity, you can’t dislike it. Still, limited result due to the quality of the bean. Fun to try though.

  • Ethiopia Operation Red Cherry Kebado Coop @ Full City (27/11/2014)

Probably the most pleasing Ethiopia I have ever tasted. Very good, although less acidic, but the body is medium-full and flavorful. Very gentle. High recommended, get it while it lasts.

  • Java Kayumas Ljen Plateau @ Full City + (4/12/2014)

A nice body body on the heavy side. Observable acidity, but at this roast level the bean character is eclipsed. Pleasing, but I am not really into Indonesian coffee.

  • Yemen Mocca Mattari @ Full City + (7/12/2014)
  • Yemen Mocca Mattari @ Full City (4/2015)

This is it. One of the best coffee I have had, and probably gonna supersede the place for Ethiopian coffee if I am going to find more like this. Yemen is the MAN. Flavorful, full body yet very elegant. Powerful but gentle. It has everything I want. Will proudly make this as my house coffee.

  • Papua New Guinea AA @ Full City + (10/12/2014) 

Decent, but nothing special. Nice acidity edge without overpowering, body is medium. Pleasant but nothing special.

  • Colombia Emerald Mountain @ Full City + (12/12/2014)

Nothing like Blue Mountain. Medium to full body, you can feel the acidity, but it is not bright nor sharp, it is there. There is a fruitiness, a sweetness, a tartness. Vibrant, playful and fruity. Overall a pleasant cup but I am not going to try it again.

  • Uganda Bugishu @ Full City + (17/12/2014)

Pleasant surprise. Clean, medium body, flavorful. Huge bargain.

  • Tanzania Bergfrieden Estate Peaberry @ Full City + (18/12/2014)

Some of the most mellow, full-bodied coffee I have tried in my life. Roast to full city and beyond, add lots of milk and just enough sugar to cut the bitterness, and you get a very cosy Christmas day. Highly recommended for mixing with milk and sugar, but maybe dull for straight up.

  • Jamaica High Mountain @ Full City + (17/12/2014)

Pretty normal Jamaican coffee. Medium body, tingling acidity, but really nothing special. Use more water and you get a typical clean Jamaican coffee. Aye.

  • Tanzania Arusha Mtei Estate @ Full City + (Late 12/2014)

Indeed pleasant, but nothing comparing to the Peaberry above. Gotta love the Tanzanian coffee.

  • Ethiopia Sidamo Wondo Haraicho @ Full City + (1/2015)

Very comforting. Soft in the mouth, very clean and elegant, medium bodied. Maybe some of the most soothing Ethiopian coffee I ever had. Recommended.

  • Tanzania AA Kilimanjaro @ Full City + (1/2015)

Interesting. Mild, more subtle flavor, enough acidity. Overall very pleasing, good enough as house coffee.

  • Sulawesi Grade 1 @ Full City + (1/2015) 

Good. Actually much more elegant than Sumatra. Interesting to try.

  • Zambia Lupili @ Full City + (1/2015)

Interesting. Masculine but elegant that demand respect. Enough acidity to impress. Good one.

  • Mexico Honey Huatusco @ Full City + (1/2015) 

Very pleasing and smooth, low acidity because of honey process? However said, Tanzania is far better.

  • Cuba Crystal Mountain @ Full City + (2/2015)

Miraculous. I am left speechless. Body is medium to full, but extremely elegant. The acidity is definitely there but mellow, or better say, completely integrated into the structure. Light caramel, oak, vanilla… almost like the finest rum. A heroic cup. From Castro with Love. Viva Cuba!

  • Ethiopia Yirgacheffe G2 @ Full City + (2/2015)  

Some of the best value you can get for daily coffee. Aye, drinking single origin/varietal as daily. Pleasant acidity, lovely medium bodied. Elegant. Enough complexity for a good experience.

  • Ethiopia Mocca Harra Grade 1 @ Full City + (2/2015)

There are acidity, but the smokiness is more dominant. Elegant, but lacking in characteristics to be a daily drink. Interesting cup. But the G2 Yirgacheffe is better. Maybe… mixing the two will be fun?

  • Rwanda Abakundakawa Cooperative @ Full City + (2/2015)

The Sin City. Body is light, smokiness, tobacco. While special, I am not really into it.

  • Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Gelena Abaya @ Full City + (2/2015) 

Typical and nice Ethiopia, though cannot find it to be special. Everything’s there though.

  • Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Koke Espresso @ Full City + (3/2015) 

Good. Everything you asked for the Ethiopian is there, plus a fullness and roundness that is most welcomed. Recommended. Just ordered another pack!

  • Ethiopia Mocca Harra Queen @ Full City + (3/2015) 

Very elegant and pleasing. A mellow Ethiopian coffee. Recommended.

  • Tanzania Songea Peaberry @ Full City + (3/2015)

Pleasant, a moderate Tanzania.

  • Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Aramo Grade 1 @ Full City + (3/2015) (3/2015)

Very smooth and soft. Quite pleasing.

  • Burundi Gasura AA @ Full City + (3/2015)

This is very good. A simply good drink. Recommended for daily.

  • Ethiopia Shakisso @ Full City + (4/2015)

This is not good. Too acidic without actual taste? Or was it an error to roast so deep? Just not okay for my use.

  • East Timor Eraulu Lauana cooperative groups @ Full City + (4/2015) 

Very smooth.

  • Nicaragua Macuelizo Nueva Segovia @ Full City (4/2015)

Peaceful. Easy to drink.
Ethiopia G2 Washed AMB @ City (5/2015)

Nice! Got to love that lemonic acidity, and pleasant, and elegant.

Indonesia Sumatra Aged Lingtong Mandheling PB  @ City (6/2015)

East Timor Eraulu Lauana Cooperative Groups @ Full City (6/2015)

Browny Coffee

TBC
Pacific Coffee Emporium

  • Costa Rica Peaberry @ Vienna/French

Interesting smokiness, though the character is diminished by the deep roast. Fun to drink with Aeropress, okay with pour over (V60).

一月 9, 2011

I left my heart in Jamaica

文章類別: Caffe — Alfred @ 8:08 pm

La Vie en Roast烘焙,Wallenford Coffee Company的Blue Mountain No. 1。

說真的,根本就不像喝咖啡。

是很清晰很空曠的感覺,的確也需要奶和甜味才能帶出其味道。

就像很高級的Rum一般,是絲毫不覺壓力,口感味道也極輕。可是當我喝下一口如似Chaser的清水時,Aftertaste就像三層立體畫展示出很空曠的風景來。

立即明白了為什麼是那麼貴的東西了,果真可稱為咖啡的第一。

十一月 25, 2010

Sumatra Mandheling: City/Full City

文章類別: Caffe — Alfred @ 12:01 am

亦是La Vie en Roast出品;為要制作自家的blend,所以嘗試了用同樣的咖啡豆,以不同程度的烘焙造成的效果用以學習。

都是Mandheling出產的Sumatra;由於生長於火山區、亦無用水洗處理,只是整個曬乾;味道可要是狂野得很。City程度的烘焙\無甚特別,除了酸度較特出、整體像是一杯普通的日用Sumatra。那時雖然已感到必須使用Full City以上才能帶出此豆的精髓,可是亦無想像過是如此的利害。可能是用了較少水的關係(400ml/35g),一沖出來又酸又苦,就算是加了兩塊方糖也很難喝進口、伴東西吃也是。誰知放置了一會以後,就像紅酒一樣,經過空氣的呼吸氧化,酸苦都變輕了,從一頭猛獸化成了一頭馴獸、震懾著有膽喝下它的人;強烈的印象表示了其為高級Sumatra的身份。就像Taurasi、出產於意大利南部火山區的葡萄酒一樣,是需要時間才能盛開的精品咖啡。這個的確是獨特的經驗,若是Sumatra愛好者則一定不能錯過。

對了,這次下Order是以獨立包裝形式的。只消加幾元就能完全地解決存氣的問題,可以讓你安心隨時享受又不怕開袋後氧氣劣化。在Order時先說明你的沖泡方式、份量等資料便可。

十一月 19, 2010

Good Morning Vietnam

文章類別: Caffe — Alfred @ 12:02 am

越南早安!雖然沖泡時已是午後。從La Vie en Roast買來的越南滴漏壺,連樣品Blend豆一包。

很難才在Citysuper裡找到不用棕櫚油、不含反式脂肪、不用糖醇的煉奶;而且味道意外地清爽,沒有膩口或過甜的感覺。California Farms $17就有397g,真的是便宜得要命。

加了兩大羹的咖啡粉,拼命扭到最緊,結果平常三四分鐘滴完的我要十多分鐘。過重過量的味道竟然意外地像艾雷島的純麥威士忌!是Medium to Full body,厚重的煙薰,以下卻是香甜與功架。再立即試沖第二杯,以正常的的四分鐘速度沖泡,就像調和式威士忌。在那點特式的煙薰下是medium body,以及工整的骨幹。這就是我喜歡La Vie en Roast的特點所在;他沒有Starbucks那種霸度性的力量,就像灌Bourbon下去很大力,但卻沒有深度,而LVeR的咖啡卻是弄得較歐洲式,就是所謂的香濃而不失雅致,在算是要取得最重的口味時也不會失去內涵。

十一月 9, 2010

Yirgacheffe

文章類別: Caffe — Alfred @ 12:17 am

Ethiopia的Idido Estate(Finca San Vicente)所生產的Yirgacheffe,是討好的微苦,在以下就是一片清甜;如同眼見廣闊的草地、清風輕吹,不斷伸延的風景。Light body,清澈典雅、通透順滑,如同咖啡的Margaux!好喝得不得了。印象雖然強,可是由於味道纖細的關係,不適合與食物一起享受,是應該單獨品味的精品咖啡。

仍然是La Vie en Roast出品。

十一月 1, 2010

Hulia

文章類別: Caffe — Alfred @ 10:51 pm

仍然是La Vie en Roast出品,Colombia的Hulia Estate。

是向店主希望是「人人都可以入口,平易近人的咖啡。」City Roast,中酸度、Medium body,誰人都喝得下。但平凡中有神韻,是交足貨的;就像一瓶理應如此的名家Cotes du Rhone,雖然平凡可是亦能看見其功架所在。好喝,喝起來夠輕鬆沒負擔。

自從喝慣了新鮮的精品咖啡後,商業品牌不算喝得上。

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十月 12, 2010

Starbucks 2010 Anniversary Blend

文章類別: Caffe — Alfred @ 11:34 pm

Starbucks 2010 Anniversary Blend,當然地配上Anniversary杯喝。是French Press沖泡,上星期faux latte喝太多很悶。

說真的,Starbucks的產品特徵都在此,heavy roast的焦香與甜,較低酸度,strong attack但沒有mid-palate上的轉化。簡單易明,如Bourbon whisky一樣,但喝得多也真單調。而且喝慣了鮮炒的豆,就算是今天開袋即磨喝也感覺已經mute了點。

話說其實這是兩個年份加起來的Sumatra,各地的barista/coffee master也對它讚許有加。我也覺得可以一試,是較重的煙薰、的確是較重有勁有力,焦甜較低酸度,而除此以外無大特別。

十月 4, 2010

Daterra,順道亦喝馬莎可可

文章類別: Caffe — Alfred @ 9:27 pm

巴西Daterra Estate的Yellow Bourbon,由La Vie en Roast的Easter所烘焙。香氣是甜而通透的輕焦糖、威化餅、優雅卻有勁度。以French Press 5分鐘加skimmed milk及白糖,是medium body、medium to fuller roast,elegant但powerful:味道是燒糖、酸度明顯,有接近檸檬的感覺。單喝可能會感到味道太酸,但配上糖奶後就會成為一杯很易入口的咖啡,配上食物也絕不覺膩,甚至可增進食欲。一未試過能夠如此說出獨立味道的優質品,普通商業大批量烘制的都是一個含糊沒有鮮明印象的日常消耗品,而這包咖啡粉卻是本地的Artisian特地烘制的。

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十月 1, 2010

Starbucks

文章類別: Caffe — Alfred @ 10:26 pm

作為一個讀過些文研的人,我還要一再重申Starbucks的Lifestyle的關係只是想像出來的。甚至Life要有Style這個也是近代人錢太多才發明出來的marketing idea。

回到正題,今天看到本年Anniversary的包裝很好看,所以買了。想到昨天說過要談談Starbucks,那也就來來吧。

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Caffe…

文章類別: Caffe — Alfred @ 12:52 am

上班,早上還是一杯咖啡吧。

以往都偏愛Espresso base的long drink,現在各種沖法也沒大所謂;不過辦公室的話,比較好的方法還是French Press吧。

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